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Grapevine : July 2011
THUG, ALCOHOLIC police o cer edu- cating us about various programs, but I thought I would never be an alcoholic. I should have listened, es- pecially when they warned against bad influences. I remember the agony and desper- ation I felt entering my first institution, a juvenile hall. I was underage, but a vandal, alcoholic and drug addict nonethless. I could not wait to get out and con- tinue using. I got out, began proba- tion and was put into a er-school counseling. Since the age of 8, I've been raised by a single mother who did everything possible to get me into counseling. I never listened. Now, at 26, I regret not paying attention. But, as a young teenager, all I cared about was booze, hard drugs, gangs, sex -- the crazy life, you might say. Cra- zy life is putting it mildly, though, because my insanity started making me a very wild one. I never attended school, was always in trouble, getting ex- pelled and I never learned much of anything, except how to be a street- vandal thug. I graduated from juvenile hall and got my first DUI at 19, dropping deep- er into the court system. I was sent from a 6-month rehab to drunk driving school, which I completed. I had become such an addict and alcoholic, however, the very same day I completed my DUI program, I got another. is time, I wound up in county jail, where I had the choice between staying in my cell or going to meetings. I went to AA, mostly out of boredom. But, regardless of why I went, a little sober spark flickered in my mind. Rehab a er rehab, jail a er jail, and I still couldn't learn how to work this simple program. Today, I am working the pro- gram to the fullest with help from my sponsor. Honesty, I've found, is the main thing to work on, and, so far, it's working very well. Anonymous aagrapevine.org 25