From the February 2004 magazine.

A Death in the Family

He went to a meeting; his brother went to a bar

What is that saying--when God closes a door, he opens a window? I have found this to be true in my life since getting sober. I have been sober since May 1996. With the help of a sponsor who told me what to do, and by attending many meetings, being of service, helping others, praying, listening to other sober people and working the Steps, I am living a life beyond my wildest dreams. If you had asked me during my first year of sobriety, I would not have been so positive about my AA experience.

I come from a family of alcoholics and people addicted to "more." I was raised in Philadelphia with my two older brothers, and each of us developed our own addiction. Fortunately, mine didn't bloom until I was in college. My middle brother was not so lucky. He died three times from his addiction before he finally died in May 1997.

-- Nick K.

Joppa, Maryland

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