From the September 2010 magazine.

DON'T CRY FOR ME: SMILE!

Blindness was a sad state of affairs until he changed on the inside

I HAVE been blessed to become sober on Nov. 6, 1996, while in an Oklahoma prison. I became blind in September 1997, while I was in prison, after a brain surgery that went bad. After that surgery I spent the next two years blind and in prison--a sad state of affairs. I made it by changing on the inside first.

My story is about a bad negative attitude. The main reason I drank and drugged over the past many years was this: Reality and sobriety sucked! I was not raised with wisdom or common sense, nor was I taught to use it. Like a lot of alcoholics, I grew up in an alcoholic home with a lot of craziness going on. I did go to church when I was about 8, but only with my older brother, leaving Mom behind at home to nurse her hangovers. So there was no role model to watch this whole God thing in the process. What I saw was a drunk behaving irrationally and neurotically--a real drama queen.

-- STEVE C.

Tulsa, Okla.

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