By Jack Erdmann

To a newly sober individual, the area could be a scary position. engaging messages approximately alcohol, cigarettes, intercourse, and extra threaten newfound sobriety, whereas chemical comforts now not supply a well-known break out course. In his sequel to his acclaimed autobiography Whiskey's youngsters, Jack Erdmann bargains a hauntingly sincere account of his first days of sobriety. A Bar on each nook presents vital navigational bearings for secure passage during the dangers of early restoration.

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We don’t like each other. I don’t think it bothers him. At the Salvation Army I pick out a king-size mattress. I look at it and think of having a woman to share it, someone I can feel next to me in the dark, under the covers. Women share beds for a reason. I don’t think I’m going to find a woman who just wants to keep warm. It’s a big Salvation Army store and I look down the long aisle at a casual, long-haired woman in jeans. It’s not that she doesn’t look good to me; it’s just that my genitals have been erased.

It’s not that I don’t believe you. ” 21 A Bar on Every Corner “Okay, Mom, I’ll do that. ” “George would be very proud of you. ” I hang up and look at the dimness. In order, I clean the refrigerator, the bathroom, and then the rest of the kitchen. I take the garbage down the hall to the closet. Then I read the paper. I put it down and look around. If I start with my sleeping pad, the worst will be over. I hate to get near it because of the smell, but what if it’s still smelling when I have to go to sleep.

The guy with the paper has moved on and the little girl’s mother is taking her back into the house. “It’s okay, really,” I say to the guy as he gets back in his car. I call my AA sponsor. “Shit, Tom, I got her at the pound. ” “Get off it, Jack. ” I turn my will over. My will wants me drunk. This is a conscious decision. Something seems clearer. The one thing the Steps don’t say is that you have to take them all the time—whichever is appropriate to the situation. I go to the noon meeting at the Alano Club.

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