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I knew a guy who had been sober 13 years- was even a counselor at a rehab center.

One day he stopped at a Quick Trip to buy a single ball of bubble gum.

While he was standing in line, he saw two beautiful young women enter, go to the back of the store and get supplies for a picnic. For some reason, he felt odd, standing there in line, waiting for a single piece of bubble gum, so he thought to himself "I need to buy something more substantial. I know what I will do.. I will buy a six pack of beer so I won't look foolish standing here waiting to buy a single piece of bubble gum... and I'll ditch the beer in the trash can at the park down the road."

He bought the beer and set it in the seat next to him, and headed for the trash can in park a few blocks down the road.....

As he explained it later

"I never planned to drink. But when I pulled up to the trash can, I looked down in my lap at the open beer can.. and realized I'd already taken a sip."

He never did get sober again. He died drunk.

A basic dishonesty, for sure. I mean.. how can someone go through that series of motions and not realize what they are doing?

And yet, in story after story...that's the sort of thing we hear, and it stands as a warning to those who would wish to glide over one of the basic requirements of sobriety- ruthless self honesty.

It's also a reason why many who are not actively working some sort of recovery program, even years after their last drink... are putting themselves at risk.
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