When I was 9 years old, I turned to drugs and alcohol to make life go away: To make the reality of life in my parents home go away. It worked for a little while and then the drink finally took me: That hideous day when I understood in my heart of hearts, that I had reached a point where I could no longer live with or without alcohol & drugs. It took me 12 years of daily effort to finally get one full day clean and sober. On January 28, 2013 I will have saved up 8400 days clean and sober: One Day at a Time. I give God all the credit for this accomplishment.