December 2022 | Remote Communities & Sober Holidays | Our Personal Stories


As an active alcoholic, I had been unable to quit drinking for years and years. I tried over and over, but could not find a way to free myself. I was like the frenzied wren.

A cerulean blue sky blanketed our sober living house in Monterrey as the wide-open French doors invited a small wren to fly into our living room. As I walked toward the window, the tiny bird flew directly into it. Unaware that a glass barrier isn’t penetrable, the bird began flinging itself against the window. Over and over, it frantically flew into the glass, thudding and bouncing, back and forth. As I reached to open the window to let the bird out, it fluttered more and more in its frenzy to get beyond the invisible barrier.


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