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Topic: Family
A man reflects upon both his own alcoholism and that of a father, who never made it to the rooms of AA
I'm 53 years old. I entered AA 15 years ago and I'm sober 6 years. I grew up in Brooklyn with my father, mother and brother. I didn't see my father until I was 6 years old, when he returned from the...
A sober man recounts his experiences in repairing relationships with his family after the ravages of alcohol
In the early winter of 1990, I was in the midst of yet another bender, one that had lasted just over a year. I didn't drink everyday, but all I needed was a reason, and I'd hit the road running....
The only way to endure his prison sentence was to drink as much as possible
I’ve been 20 years in this prison, for a horrible crime I committed while in an alcoholic blackout. Even so, I still maintained an attitude that, since I had a life sentence, I would stay as drunk as...
She came to one night lying face down on the ground and knew that something had to change
I came to lying naked on the frigid ground under a clear November moon. The points of grass felt like needles in my skin. As I turned over onto my back, I thought to myself, "So this is what it feels...
An incident of domestic violence and a daughter's rejection was the spark he needed to get sober
When people ask me, "What brought you into AA?," I tell them, "attempted murder." Let me tell you how it happened. It was the Fourth of July weekend, 1975, and there was a family wedding in a small...
After a lifetime of drinking, a man looks back at the lessons his father tried to teach him about alcoholism
When I was a kid growing up we lived in a small postcard of a town in the Cascade Mountains. The town had a population of less than 1,000 souls. My parents were very religious and there was no family...
With her life spinning out of control, and after trying several times to stop drinking on her own, a woman surrenders
Swaying from side to side, I grasped onto the kitchen cabinet and took another big gulp of my rum-and-lime diet soda. As I made dinner and smoked cigarettes in the kitchen, my 7-year-old daughter...
He romped through his adolescence like it was an after-school special
I was born in Plano, Texas, in the early ‘90s. Shortly after birth, I moved to a small suburb of Houston. My family was very wealthy and I knew it. We grew up spoiled, getting whatever we wanted,...
After getting sober herself, she learnt that she was powerless over the alcoholism of others
It has been twenty years since I went to my first AA meeting, and I have not had to have a drink since. When I got sober, I was a single mother with four small children. I drank everyday, neglected...
A quarter of a century sober and they still don't talk about it
I started smoking pot at the age of 12. Alcohol was quickly added at 13. By the time I was 15, I knew there was something wrong, that I had a problem. Hiding my use was easy. I got good grades and...

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