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This past weekend, I celebrated my 28th year in recovery. My cell phone chimed with texts from the women in my Monday meeting, congratulating me and humbly reminding me it was just another day to stay sober. Each message made me smile and many made me giggle.

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12 step meeting, I already had an idea of what to expect. It was 1986 and at 18 years old, I was the youngest person in the meeting. But I instantly felt a sense of belonging. These drunks understood me in a way no one else had.

Recovery isn't dull or boring. Nor is it a complete waste of time surrounded by stuffy, old people. It's a way of life that works when everything else has failed. They didn't work for me, though. In fact, they disgusted me. A single DUI (and being lucky many, many more times), and knowing I would lose my livelihood if I didn't stop were definitely factors in my decision. That was in 1989. There was no withdrawal, and no serious desire to drink afterward. Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. Name calling, crude language and personal abuse are not welcome. Moderators will monitor comments with an eye toward maintaining a high level of civility in this forum. Our comment policy explains the rules of the road for registered commenters.

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They're the only women who will ask what part I played in a situation when I bellyache about something. Whether it's an issue at home or work, they hold me accountable. They're empathetic without cosigning my bull. On the flip side, when I'm feeling down or misdirected, they'll remind me that my worth is not measured by my Amazon book sales ranking. Nor is my value equivalent to my waist size. They certainly don't keep me sober, but they've definitely kept me sane.

I attended my first 12 step meeting when I was in the eighth grade not because I needed it, but because I had been invited by a member to go to their annual Christmas meeting. It was a fun filled, lively group called, "Saturday Night Live." I had a blast listening to their stories and I was amazed at their transformation. Some had been homeless, others had lost riches that can't be replaced by four walls and a roof, but collectively they had risen out of the ashes of alcoholism.

state champion swimmer. I was beautiful and powerful in the water, but my alcoholism was stronger. Worst, while I was in my disease, denial offset any loss so that I stayed in a permanent haze of reality.

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As it was, I forfeited attending a PAC 10 college on a swimming scholarship because by senior year, getting drunk before school took precedence to being on the team. I swam butterfly and had been a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Nike Long Sleeve Fleece Hoodie

Alcohol consumed everything. Given time, it would have completely destroyed my life. In the end, I turned myself in. I admitted to my dad that I had a drinking problem. And for the first time in my life, I didn't care what he or anyone thought of me.

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And every Monday I get to see them at the 12 step meeting we attend. It's the best part of my week because this little band of women in recovery know me as well as I know them. I think the biggest misconception about getting sober is that a person's life will be a monotonous routine of attending recovery meetings filled with boring, stuffy old people.

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I could lie to everyone around me, but I knew the truth. I knew that when I picked up the first drink, I was powerless to stop. I knew my personality changed and that, as an underage drinker, I would sacrifice anything and everything to score my next drink.

By the time I was a senior, I knew I had a drinking problem. Still, I did what many young people do and hid it from my parents. I never got into trouble at school because I maintained a 4.0 grade point average. I never went to jail, but I was pulled over by the police after I had been drinking and driving. I passed a field sobriety test and had my prom date drive me home. When I arrived home without my car, I lied to my parents.

the disease kicked off the next year when I had my first drink as a freshman in high school. It began a four year run into drugs and alcohol.

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