By Jack Erdmann
To a newly sober individual, the realm could be a scary position. attractive messages approximately alcohol, cigarettes, intercourse, and extra threaten newfound sobriety, whereas chemical comforts now not provide a well-recognized break out path. In his sequel to his acclaimed autobiography Whiskey's childrens, Jack Erdmann deals a hauntingly sincere account of his first days of sobriety. A Bar on each nook presents vital navigational bearings for secure passage throughout the risks of early restoration.
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Extra resources for A Bar On Every Corner: Sobering Up in a Tempting World
I know this isn’t good. But I can’t feel it yet. “Just too playful. ” A cop car comes rolling out of the Arco station at the corner. He stops and peers, then swings toward us. “That’s a shame,” he says. “Good-looking dog. ” The guy with the paper has moved on and the little girl’s mother is taking her back into the house. “It’s okay, really,” I say to the guy as he gets back in his car. I call my AA sponsor. “Shit, Tom, I got her at the pound. ” “Get off it, Jack. ” I turn my will over. My will wants me drunk.
The church is among the trees on a dark street. Its entryway is bright. There’s nobody there I know, not early anyway, so I stand around with coffee. I read the announcements on the bulletin board. I still don’t know anyone. I’m on my third cup of coffee and I’m really shaking. I start to plan where I’ll sit because I have to be able to get out fast before the Lord’s Prayer at the end. It’s too embarrassing to hold hands when you’re shaking like this. I don’t want the other drunks to think I’m not as together as they are.
I always expect the worst. I don’t want him to get hurt, but there’s not a thing I can do to protect him. It’s a little late. I go back to the chair at the side of the van and load it in. I strike a pose with my hands in my pockets. The new house is in a cul-de-sac behind a shopping center. ” What do Mike and Phil have to do with my dog? ” Mike is a slightly pudgy, blond, clean-cut Marin teenager. He has money in his eyes. “I’m very glad to meet you, Mr. Erdmann,” he says. Fine. I can play Mr. Erdmann.
A Bar On Every Corner: Sobering Up in a Tempting World by Jack Erdmann