From the September 2007 magazine.

Earth To Stand On

A surfer cuts through an undertow of anger

I am seventeen yearsold, and I recently graduated from a public high school, although I've also been to a military school, continuation schools, and group homes. I have two years of sobriety and I was able to stay sober in most of these places. So, whether it's military, private, public, or boarding school, it's possible to make it sober through school, one day at a time.

I drank through middle school, part of high school, and through a group home. I grew up in an abusive home--I think it tends to make a person different right from the start. In elementary school, I felt different from everyone, never a part of. I always wanted to be a part of the "cool crowd," but I was never fully accepted. I was not interested in school, nor did I have many friends. I never saw any point in being there. Eventually, as a result of being teased and the issues at home, I became violent and started getting suspended from school.

-- Greg T.

Oceanside, California

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