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Painting in early sobriety helped her express the pain she was in from alcoholism
I had my first drunk when I was 13. I remember the immediate high and euphoria that alcohol gave me. The lesson I learned that night was that alcohol unlocked doors to laughter, to freedom, and removed the constraints of a strictly traditional upbringing.
I thought my drinking released my inner creativity and freed my spirit. I did what I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted with absolutely no regard to how my behavior affected the people in my life.
I'm a classically trained violinist. I'm mediocre at best because of my lack of commitment to practice. I've fired many a...
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