From the October 2007 magazine.

Whole Steps

An alcoholic finds serenity on the inside

On april 6, 2007, i celebrated twelve years of sobriety and then turned fifty the following day. I am serving a thirty-five year federal sentence that I began on August 18, 1988. Federal law requires that I serve thirty years without parole. I value the life that I live today, but it has not always been that way--after my arrest I was suicidal. I thought my life was over. I knew I would probably spend the rest of my life in prison, but a resentment made me want to live. My plan was to live and to get even.

Which came first, the alcoholic or the resentment? In my case, it was...

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Edgefield, South Carolina