I was about 11, or 12 when I began to experiment with drinking and smoking. My parents were professional muscians, and they worked six nights a week. Because of this I was never able to participate in school activities, so I started having booze parties at my house on the weekends.
By the time I was 16 years old I began having blackouts. My parents were not of a Godly nature as my father used women and my mother was having an affair with my uncle.
When I turned 17 I enlisted in the Navy with my father's signiture. I was in the troes of drinking and my time in the military was spent in bars and in the brig. My military service ended when my father died from cirrhosis of the liver, my mother died a year later from the same thing.
I tried A.A., and the longest I was sober was about a month. On my 32nd birthday I went to celebrate my sobriety by partying. I was in a blackout for a week and was shortly arrested for armed robbery. After the third day in the violent crimes division in Chicago the lead detective and said there was no postive ID on me but the witnesses thought I was one of the men that robbed them. The lead detective was going to let me go, but said that I was facing 50 years in prison if I were to be convicted. He gave me the chance to get myself straightened out but warned me not to be seen by him ever again!!! So he let me go that night.
The next day I called the alcohol rehab unit at the North Chicago V.A. and in October 1984 the following week I entered into the 35 day program. It wasn't long before God got a Bible in my hands and he led me to Romans 10:9, 10. At that moment I was delivered from drinking and have never had the desire again!! He did it for me, and He can do it for you!! It was not an easy walk in the beginning, but worth the trip.