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 that I really had nothing to do with it. Sure, I went to meetings, spoke to people in the program, and followed suggestions. But there was something much bigger going on--something that I had no control over. I truly believe that at some point I was touched by God's grace and my desire to drink was taken away. It may sound corny and naive, but I know in my heart it is true. There really is no other explanation for it--one day I wanted to drink and the next I didn't. It is a miracle, and one that I am grateful for every day of my life.

-- Susan B.

Alexandria, Virginia

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