From the October 2007 magazine.

The Sweet Smell Of Hope

Maybe it's something in the AA coffee

What a long, strangetrip it's been. I am living a life I never wanted any part of, I'm the kind of person I never wanted to know, and I'm happier than I've ever been. So I know that God knows what's best for me. My plan was to be famous and God's plan made me anonymous.

Generally, my life consisted of me sitting around drinking, waiting for my life to begin. I went to a party when I was fifteen and the next thing I knew, I was thirty-five. I drank with the no-holds-barred abandon of the truly self-pitying drinker, every night, until I passed out. I drank for oblivion.

-- Michael K.,

Carver, Massachusetts

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