"I have to be careful when I share my 'drinking stories' that I do not get caught up in the race for the most absurd. When I first stopped drinking my "stories" seemed to be the ticket to popularity in recovery. The more bizarre the story the more I felt like I belonged and the more people accepted me. My stories started to not feel right and spin away from their original intent - to teach. They started to become almost fabricated and would glorify how far I had come rather than represent the true loneliness and pain I felt. So now I am careful to share only what is needed in an honest way so I can avoid the trap of an inflated ego." - M.