From the December 2010 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

Change one thing

After being sober for almost two years and listening to folks share in meetings, I heard that I had to change everything. They said that if I drank in a bar, I shouldn't go to the bar.

Well, I drank at home. As a housewife and mother my patio was my bar, a convenient and safe place to drink. It was difficult to get sober in the place I drank every day. After I sobered up, the patio was a daily reminder of my alcoholism.

Recently, I rearranged the patio furniture, which made it feel and look terrific. Today, I enjoy it with my friends and family, especially early in the...


Peachtree City, Ga.