From the January 2010 magazine.


IT'S ONLY been 38 24 hours that I've strung together so far, and I've got a long road ahead. I am going to have to learn to live with myself now. I can't escape into that world of intoxicants to hide from my problems. I have already made some progress on getting my life back together. I'm taking it one day at a time, some days one hour at a time.

I find strength in words--other people's and mine. The more I write, the better I feel, and I'm feeling pretty good today. I posted some of my writing for people to read on my website and the response was incredible. This has been the most unexpected silver lining yet.

-- CHAD C.

Burlington, Ontario

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