June 12, 2006
This story was written by Leslie Ryan, from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Leslie is from Mulgrave but has been living in Halifax for many years. He works with his tutor Bev each week at the Spring Garden Road Library Upgrading Program and is an avid runner.
Alcohol makes a mess of your life. Because of driving, I ended up in the hospital. It was awful. I became depressed because my life was such a mess but I am lucky to be alive.
People came to see me from the AA program and I started to go to the meetings. They have books that help. I don’t take credit. A lot of people have helped me stay sober. The church has helped and so has running. I run a lot and I meet really nice people. The right people and running do it for me.
The AA program is good but you have to go beyond that. I have to keep busy. I help out at the church and I come to the library where people like Rachel help me. It helps me feel better to do something for people. My advice is to take care of yourself and remember the pain. Stay away from people who will bring you down. Twenty-seven years without drinking. I thank God.