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September 1995

An End to the Alibis

Compared to other stories I've heard, my drinking history seems quite ordinary, which can't be said of my recovery. In order to continue drinking, I had to learn the unique skills necessary to a practicing alcoholic--skills such as being a phony, a cunning liar, and a clever thief. I learned well. Spending about a year of my life in treatment programs, totaling a few cars, being divorced, fired, sued, jailed, and made to suffer other indignities struck me as just an extended run of bad luck.

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