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”
  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. She was just too amazing.
    I want to love her, but I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop!

    Heather M. Gardner
    Co-host: Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
    Blog: The Waiting is the Hardest Part [http://hmgardner.blogspot.com/]

  4. 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.

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