At the end of 2002 I moved out of step 13 and into my own apartment. I figure as long as I stay away from alcohol...stay focused... take it one day at a time, I'll be okay. You see, I'm tired of bad things happening to me. I know that if I decide to drink I'm deciding I want to have a bad life or no life and I know that I don't want to do that. I think about drinking but I don't have no desire.
Drunk for 40 Years
I just got a letter for my 50-year class reunion. Didn't recognize any of the names. It really made me feel old not even remembering any of these people. But we never really had that much in common. I just didn't seem to fit in with guys my own age and the girls. Primarily I think it was because I was drinking a lot and most of them didn't drink.
From down and out to up and out
Look at me! I can't believe it! I'm sober, I'm working, I'm paying the rent on my own home and I'm a dad again.
Bobby Joe R.
Third Time's a Charm!
I grew up in Aurora in the 60's in a poor family. I was the youngest of 5. I was in Special Ed because I had severe dyslexia. Back then they didn't really know what to do with us so I didn't get a lot of help. As a result, now I can read and write at a 4th grade level.