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(#863) Pat J (DeFuniak Springs, FL)
3/18/2011 in Marietta, GA  EVENT: 21st Marietta Roundup  TYPE: AA, Female, Story

Sober 22 years since 7/5/1988, Pat is an active member of AA. Catholic-Irish-Alcoholic, raised in Kentucky, she is the daughter of an alcoholic LT. Colonel who quit on his own will power. He raged often but used physical force too heavily when he drank. Her mother stayed married to her dad out of committment but became addicted to valium.

Pat entered nursing school and loves the profession to this day. She met her first husband in school. He did not drink, was boring and they divorced after 13 years. She married a Navy man who also did not drink. She used men at the clubs to fill the void when her husband was off to sea. He found out and they divorced.

She moved to Washington State with her children and hooked up with a real drinker who had to divorce his wife first and he was husband #3.

He was orderd to go to AA. She stole a Big Book for him and read it herself. She at first saw all the alcoholics in her life in those pages.

Then she saw herself. That was July 5, 1988.

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