December 2019 | Remote Communities & Sober Holidays

Up From Coal Country

Quarterback, student, military dropout, bellhop. He kept digging his way to the bottle

My journey in sobriety began three months before my 25th birthday when I entered rehab in 1981. However, the seed for my recovery was planted more than a year prior. I came to on Christmas morning 1979 and went downstairs, where my mother asked me what I had done with the AA card a cousin gave me the night before. I had no clue what she was talking about. I snuck back to my bedroom and went through my wallet and found a card from the Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania group of AA. This certainly was not my first blackout, nor would it be my last, but I had started on the road to recovery without knowing it. 


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