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Beth C.'s Recovery Story

I Lost Both My Kids and Ended Up in Jail

By Beth C.

Updated March 14, 2007

I was born seventh out of eight kids, in a small New England town, and both of my parents were alcoholics. I started drinking when my dad started molesting me, at eight years old. I tried to tell my mother, but she wouldn't believe me. So I drank alcohol to escape.

I Drank Again and Again

I ran away twice. Once when I was 14 and then when I was 16. Both times I ran away, I ran to Miami. Both times I got caught and was brought back home. Then, when I was 17, I ran away to Los Angeles and never went back.

I didn't get sober until my son was born. His dad was an alcoholic too, go figure, right? Anyway, I quit drinking because of my son, but I started again when he was two. His dad and I broke up, and I moved to another town. I drank again until I became pregnant with my daughter.

A New Recovery Family

After my daughter was born, I found out she was handicapped, and I started drinking again. Her dad and I broke up too. Yes, he is an alcoholic too.

I lost both my kids and ended up in jail. There I found recovery. I got out, found some A.A. meetings, got a home group, got both my kids back, and have been sober ever since. Today A.A. is a big part of my life. I found a new family in recovery, and some of the best people I have ever met.

I Have Eight Years Sober

We are all on the same path headed towards spiritual growth and we are a close knit group. I have eight years and eight months sober and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I have a relationship with a higher power that I never thought I would.

I know I would not be able to stay sober if it wasn't for God. He saved my life and he can save yours too. Thank you for reading my story.

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