Hi. My name is Analise. I had the privilege of being Alice’s sponsor many years ago. If you know Alice well, this is no surprise since she was so active in the support groups. I could never understand how someone as busy as her could find time be involved, but she was.
You’ve all described wonderful things about Alice, but the thing I will always admire most is her accomplishments as a recovering addict. She quit tracking days and years a long time ago now, but I can tell you its been at least sixteen years. She entered the program several years before Christopher was born – with the normal successes and failures along the way.
I guess she had seen enough successes along the way that once she found out she was pregnant with Christopher, her resolve strengthened. It was really quite amazing. The last ten years or so she has been more active in a support role than anyone I know. It’s almost like she channels her desire into helping others instead of allowing it to focus on anything selfish.
And she loved her life: Christopher, her mom, her friends, even work. You could tell it in just a short conversation. I’ve always felt that the goal of sobriety is to learn to love life. And Alice achieved that goal.
(This is part 18 of 26 of the story What Happened to Alice. To see the full listing click here.)
10 thoughts on “Recovering Addict”
Should have seen that coming…
I guessed right about her being “in the program,” anyway. My “wicked stepfather” is a long-term AA member, so I understand the motivation it takes to stay straight.
And now I’m caught up!
Wonder if her disappearance is connected to her addiction…
I think I saw some of this in the previous posts!
Man, Chuck- this woman’s death gets sadder and sadder the more we learn about her. Breaking my heart, here.
I love how Alice lived her life so far from the trail of this story. There are always those challenges and frailties that bring out the very essence of being human to any character which makes this story relatable. Nice!
It’s good to learn that Alice managed to stay away from drugs for a long time. Not everyone can do it.
She was just too amazing.
I want to love her, but I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop!
Heather M. Gardner
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Alice is full of surprises, you just think you’re getting to know her and then another snippet of her life emerges…..
I read the S post before I read this one, just out of curiosity, and the order made no difference. Still just as good. Now, of course, it’s possible to wonder if it was someone or something that killed Alice. Well done.