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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Frank grew up in Ireland, where he learned to drink. But his drinking grew out of control after moving to New York. He was free of his parents, who were still in Europe. Frank began a life of partying and drinking for days at a...

Party Girl

Lauren had a taste of beer at age six or seven at a July 4th party with family and a friends. She admits to being a curious girl, and even at that young age the alcohol felt good. But by age 14, Lauren would become a regular...

Can’t Spend At All

Justin attends Debtors’ Anonymous not because he has a debt problem, but because he won’t spend. He would hoard his money, and go without basic necessities, out of fear of not being able to control his finances. He could not...

One Sixty-Five

Trish is a personal trainer who earns good money per hour, but would not take on enough work to really have enough money to live the lifestyle she preferred. Credit cards would help make up the difference, maxing out the cards...

Outbursts

Sheila had to learn she was an addict to anger through a long battle that started in childhood but manifested through postpartum depression. When Sheila was first married, she decided to take on an unwelcome role as mother to her...

Rage

Alan remembers having trouble controlling his feelings throughout childhood, but there was one moment in the fifth grade in which nerves got the better of him; he couldn’t read words of a play aloud. It lead to him being...

Never Made it to the Keg Party

Tom’s first drink was at age sixteen. For him, drinking and getting drunk was a rite of passage. He blames mostly his father, who to this day is still an active drinker. But at the time, Tom thought being an alcoholic was...

Easy for a Minor to Obtain

Charlie first started drinking at age 12 and got sober by nineteen. That first drink came in his mother’s kitchen, when he swiped two swigs of vodka. Charlie thought it tastes horrible but within a coupe of weeks he was...

BA Austin

BA Austin is the author of Smell the Raindrops: One Young Woman’s Journey through Life, Love, and Recovery. It is her powerful fictional memoir about relationships and the challenges of being a Southern Belle baby-boomer...

Harold Owens

In 1999, Harold Owens was hired by the MusiCares Foundation, the charity arm of The Recording Academy (the GRAMMY Organization). As senior director of the MusiCares/MAP Fund, he is responsible for the implementation of all...

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