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February 2002

Look for a Drunk

I finished a treatment program for alcoholism in Minnesota in February 1985. As I was returning to the Philippines, I said to myself, "I'm going to be a model recovering alcoholic." Within four months I was back drinking. Six weeks later, ashamed and downcast because my priest companions had noticed that I'd returned to my self-destructive drinking, I decided to return to Ireland, my home country. There, I really joined AA. I went to AA meetings regularly, and got a sponsor. Thanks to the Grace of God and AA, I took my last drink at the end of June 1985.

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