From the May 2008 magazine.

A Charmed Life

A fairy tale for real people

My recovery from alcoholism is indeed a miracle. I was born into an Irish-American family plagued with the obsession to drink. I drank for over twenty-three years and, by the end, I could no longer control my drinking. Deep inside, I knew I needed to stop--but did not think I could live my life without it. I had never even tried to stop before, because I thought it would be a useless endeavor. However, by July of 2001, I was so full of guilt, shame, and remorse that I decided to give it a shot. I have not had a drink since then.

What happened? I really don't know. What I do know is...

-- Susan B.

Alexandria, Virginia