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Published October 2013.

Brighter Roads

Getting sober changed her thoughts and her life

At the end of my drinking career, I remember not being able to complete certain thoughts. It was like traveling along a road, and the road just ending. There was a large construction zone at work in my head, and the detours were getting harder to follow.

I searched long and hard for the root of my problems, which incidentally, began the same year I started drinking. I studied many religions, philosophies, and psychologies. I just wasn't going anywhere in life, and I couldn't figure out why. Actually my life was getting worse. Every year, it was harder to keep a cell phone turned on in my name. Every year, I was closer to being homeless and living on the streets. Every year, less of my family would have anything to do with me.

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