Ditto, and have lost many friends to various substances (child of the 70's). I lucked out and got to quit drinking for a different health reason, and think mine was the easy way out. Both programs, incidentally, have greatly inspired CODA, of which I am a long-time member.
My brother is a friend of Bill W and Jimmy K. I am glad he cleaned up his act, he is looking a lot better, still even though he is my younger brother he looks a lot older than I do. I still think he has a great story to tell, if only I can get him to tell it.
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