I think a lot about what independence means to those of us effected by drug and alcohol abuse. The dope fiend in me truly understands the freedom sobriety brings. I spoke much about freedom as I was a slave to alcohol and other drug use. The dope fiend part of Carl was NEVER happy. The folks that cared about me wanted me to quit drinking. They were of course powerless to do much except leave and to pray for me. When I think of independence today I think of being free to choose (one day at a time), to live free from the compulsion to drink. It has worked now for over 35 years. More importantly it works today! I know I must share what has been so freely given to me. Seeing on a daily basis the destruction caused keeps me committed. I remember to well what it was like to have no choice!