Category - Alcohol Addiction

Like Squirrels Gathering Nuts

Mike recounts his first experience with alcohol, as a teenager, when a planned gathering of friends only gathers himself and one other person.  He proceeds to drink all the beer intended for a much larger crowd.  The booze gave...

Couldn’t Even Stay Clean

Mike’s first drink came when he was 12 or 13 years old.  He had no hobbies, played no school sports, and had friends who in retrospect he calls “derelicts.”  Mike follows his friends’ lead, drinking and...

Born Alcoholic

Adam was an alcoholic “straight out of the womb.” He was raised by drinkers, especially by a father whose own disease was so far progressed, young Adam swore to himself he’d never end up in such a life. But Adam...

Overachieving By Drinking

Meghan recalls how she spent her life in high school trying to impress her peers. She had her first drink at age 16, which years later when entering recovery she believed was too late in life to be considered an alcoholic. Her...

More Than Two Decades

Alan would wake up late and show up for work late, all because he was high on cocaine the night before. He worked at a deli restaurant, and would stay at his job each day as long as it would take him to earn enough money to buy...

Father’s Death Leads To First Drink

Roberto was born in Peru and claims his family was full of drinkers. Alcohol was around at all times, at every activity. He often felt distanced from his family as a child because he was the lone boy in a house full of sisters...

Mr. MetroFit

Ralph projected an image of success as an ambitious, successful businessman, and a competitive body-builder who was once “Mr. Metrofit.”  But, his picture-perfect life had a much darker side that no one saw.  Ralph’s struggle and...

Early Blackout

Michael can remember being shy and fearful his young life, and even as a teenager couldn’t muster up the strength to talk to girls until he took swigs from a bottle of Crown Royal his friend swiped and brought to the school...

One Hundred Aspirins

Born in Europe, Reva’s childhood was an unhappy one, and depression set in so badly she tried taking her own life at age 13 by swallowing 100 aspirins. She survived her suicide attempt, but upon waking from a deep sleep she...

Severe Drunk

Kim grew up in a “beautiful suburb” as an only child of a “severe” alcoholic father. She says he was drunk daily. She remembers as a child telling her father that their lives would be okay if he didn’t keep drinking. But in her...