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Grapevine : April 2011
AN UNMADE BED IWAS a "late blossoming" alcohol- ic. After many years of drinking, I finally plunged into the pit of de- spair that only alcohol can bring, and then slopped around in the muck until I had had enough to surrender. My journey into alco- holism was absolutely seductive. It ro- manced me, convinced me that I was in control and could do all things. I was president of the universe. I had tried AA for a few months a year before as alcohol gave me per- mission to walk away from a success- ful career. With three months under my belt, I thought I "understood the theory" and drank my way to Florida (and through a lot of money) with my 16-year-old daughter. I didn't last very long there. I spent the next 11 months "planning" to go to a meeting "soon." I slept on a waterbed before it became EMOTIONAL SOBRIETY Sometimes a slip starts in the subtlest ways aagrapevine.org 13