From the August 2010 magazine.

Right where I left off

After five years in the program of AA, I thought I understood the true nature of the disease. I also thought I was spiritually fit. I still attended weekly AA meetings, although sporadically, I'd become comfortable.

One day someone said something that hurt my feelings. I let all the pain I had ever experienced in my life hurt me once again. I cried and cried about it. But I didn't call my sponsor. Later that day, I gave a neighbor a ride home from the store near my house. We were to have lunch, but I had five shots of vodka instead. I attempted to move my car and ended up in a cell downtown. It was just that quick.


Cols, Ga.

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