September 2019 | Young & Sober

Where my life began

Young and terrified, he left his rough, drunken world and walked through a door that said “Welcome Home”

I was 25 when I walked into the Here’s H.O.W. Group in Carbondale, Illinois in 2003. I believe it was February. I was desperately ready for something, and something in me seemed to be leading me there. It had been 15 months since I had had a drink or a drug, as far as I knew, and my mind was chattering at me nonstop about alcohol, drugs and suicide. 

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