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Grapevine : February 2011
work is put into it. My ex-fiancé turned into my husband in my third year of sobriety. But in the twists and turns of my life, as I became sober and my mind was clearer, it became apparent that my husband's own addiction was out of control. I think since I was not foggy and absent in the relationship it was harder for him to openly drink the way he was used to, so the hiding and lying train took off and lost its brakes. One day I felt it was time to re- veal the elephant in the room we had ignored and come to some agreement that change was needed. He went to rehab, and has been clean and sober now for over two years. I feel that our lives evolved together the way they did for a reason, and that the powers that be planned it that way. Having the Twelve Steps and pro- gram in my life has taught me it is vi- tal to be at peace with myself and deal with life on life's terms. The AA pro- gram saved my life, provided me with the tools to have a new life and contin- ues to give me the strength to extend my hand to the world around me. My sobriety is the most impor- tant thing to me. Without my sobriety I would not have the life I have fought for today. Tanya S. Mamaroneck, N.Y. When I first came into AA, it was so my wife wouldn't take my two daugh- ters and leave. I wasn't like any of you. I saw all the di erences, none of the similarities. ere were a few more years of getting away with it, going to meetings and still drinking. I only got caught by my wife about once a month, when I would promise never to drink again. I could get a few weeks together, some- times months. But sobriety eluded me. If I were going to work this program, it would be my way or no way. My life got worse. My business started failing and my health wasn't so good, but my wife stayed with me through it all. en camethedayIhita truck from behind while I was passed out. I was hand- cu ed, arrested and charged with a DUI. Me, charged? I'm a Vietnam vet! How can they do this to me? I thank God every day for that day. Today I work the program the way it's meant to be worked. I ask God every morning to please help me not to have thoughts or compulsions for alcohol. For over six months, I have hardly thought of alcohol, and he has taken away the compulsion. Today, by the grace of God, I am sober. Rik R. Streamwood, Ill. IT'S MY WAY OR NO WAY Grapevine 39