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            My story should serve as an example; if it sounds familiar to you, get help.  I could have been. That was my dilemma.  I’m not certain I was born an alcoholic, but on my path to recovery I have become convinced I exhibited many of the “fine” qualities most alcoholics possess at a young age.  Lying was an excellent tool, which, when implemented, helped me evade consequences quite nicely.  Manipulation was also a tool I used to see that I got what I wanted, when I wanted it. Though I seemed to be functioning quite nicely, I felt out of place, and ill-fitted to life.  Socially, I was more backward than most people I knew.  I feel that I was an alcoholic far before the substance ever polluted my senses and eroded my body.  I could have been; that was ever my dilemma.

            I was an intelligent youth, well suited for a career in academics or athletics, both of which I excelled in growing up.  My potential, to me, seemed endless, and most certainly meant a life of fame and fortune.  Yet, as the story goes, I nearly failed out of high school, couldn’t even walk onto a third rate college football team’s “B” squad, and barely avoided a dishonorable discharge from the military.  I was fired from almost every job I had, was married and divorced, burned every bridge I crossed, and lost the respect of all who know me, including myself.   Alcohol found me at an early age, and what I could have been, was no longer.

            Today, I am sober, and have been for a little over two years.  Recovery has taken me from being a hopeless outcast from society, to an upstanding man whose eyes I can meet in the mirror. Alcohol helped bring me to my knees, but a slice of my higher power’s humble pie opened the door to a better way of living. I asked for help.  I was powerless and living unmanageably, and was in desperate need of a “life skills 101” course, which I found in recovery.  With prayer and humility, good people and a twelve step program, “what I could have been” is now “what I can be.”   Healthy Recovery, simply stated, rocks!

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