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Personal Alcohol and Drug Recovery Stories

Visitors to the About Alcoholism Site Share Their Experience


Updated May 21, 2014

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Visitors to this site share their experience strength and hope with stories of their personal journey in recovery.

Jean G's Story
"I gave up hope of ever becoming sober. I decided to drink myself to death. It didn't work. After destroying my kids' lives and losing our home, car and my job, I became temporarily sober for periods of 6 months or so -- never lasting more than a year on the wagon."

Judy L's Story
I was blessed with Alateen fellowship at a recent Al-Anon area conference and they have encouraged me to act on my concerns for my children's future by hugging them, loving them, and sharing recovery with them today.

Tall Paul's Story
What I have come to believe is that it doesn't matter how old you are, how much you drank or used, the color of your skin, what you believe or don't believe, you can practice these principles of life.

Peggy's Story
If you read this and you think you have a problem, chances are you do. Please do not let your fear and your denial get in the way of your recovery. I did not live to live life without drugs. I lived so that I could help others like myself.

Jean's Story
Believe me, I tried to blame everyone and everything I knew for my drinking; the death of my child, the ex-husbands, etc. Everyone was responsible for my drinking except me.

Don's Story
That started the last run. I was in a black out off and on for the next 90 days. The rent check bounced, I lost $1,000. I woke up and looked in the mirror and knew that it was life or death.

Valerie's Story
I stopped eating and finally ended up in ER a couple of times before they diagnosed the liver failure and the rest. I was dying. The doctors just gave up and shipped me off to a county hospital to die. There I was given Last Rites twice.

"The night I celebrated my 6th (sobriety) anniversary I picked up a drink."

Buckshot's Legacy
"Buckshot was just a man no hero just an Alcoholic with a love for the program and for his fellow man."

"I'm starting all over again today... I am so dissappointed in myself because I drank yesterday."

Divorce: The Risks of Staying
"There are alot more risks in staying with the alcoholic today than there were when the founders were around."

Family in Recovery
Maggie says "The recovery of the whole family has been the greatest gift of my life."

"This disease of alcoholism is too cunning baffling and powerful to let me ever take a rest or sit on my laurels for too long."

"I knew in the midst of my sheer insanity that I had just had a spiritual experience and that I would be okay."

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