From the November 2013 magazine.

November 2013: Dust Free

I had just come out of treatment in April 2012, and upon returning to work a close co-worker and confidant of mine asked me, “Are you really sure you’re an alcoholic?” I knew the answer was a definite “Yes,” but how could I explain it to her? I thought for a minute and I told her that after all I had been through, the answer was simple: Did I have dust? She looked at me and chuckled. “What does that mean?” she asked.

I’ll explain: A few years before my drinking went from bad to worse, I spent many a weekend with my husband going to expensive hotels and casinos. One...

-- Anonymous