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Grapevine : April 2011
HELP EMOTIONAL SOBRIETY THE night I hit bottom I had just returned home after a month's stay with my par- ents in another state, where I had gone with the inten- tion of ending my marriage but was cajoled back by sweet, conciliatory phone conversa- tions with my husband. And there may have been another incentive to leave: My parents had noticed, and frowned upon, the amount of alcohol I was consuming. At home I could drink as much as I wished. As I saw it, my problem was my husband, not my drinking. The morning I left my parents' home, however, my mother cornered me in her small kitchen. "I've never asked you for anything," she began. It can feel like the dirtiest four-letter word in the English language 18 April 2011