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I can answer questions on the recovery from alcohol addiction as I am a recovering alcoholic with 22 years of sobriety. I can also address the spiritual aspects of the 12-Step program as I have a Master of Divinity degree; serve as a pastor in the Quaker church; and, serve as a hospice chaplain. I have also served as a prison chaplain for one year and currently volunteer as a mentor once a week, working with two inmates one-on-one as they work towards reentry into society as free persons.

Experience in the area

I am a recovering alcoholic with 22 years of continuous sobriety.


Master of Divinity awarded in 2000 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

What do you like about this subject?

A life lived in recovery is the way life was meant to be lived. If you think you are an alcoholic, give Alcoholics Anonymous a try!

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope, by living my life one day at a time, to achieve a life well-lived in sobriety. I hope to die sober!

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Alcohol [addiction] is "cunning, baffling, powerful!" [From the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, page 58-59]

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Many people simply cannot get a grasp on the fact that addiction comes in many forms and thus live in denial their entire lives never knowing they have lived an addictive life style.

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Recent Answers from Clyde

2015-09-23 Living with an alcoholic:

Patti,       Thank you for your questions and some explanation of your relationship situation.  The answer to the first is yes, alcoholics are typically moody.  The Big Book of AA says that we can find

2015-06-08 fatty liver:

Holi,       Thank you for your message and questions.  The explanation was helpful to know somewhat about your situation.  You are on the right road - you now say that there will be no more alcohol!  That

2015-01-28 Baby On The Way And An Alcoholic MIL:

   Sorry I am so long in answering your followup.  I love the fact that you are finding AA and Alanon so benefical.  Keep up the interest in these and my guess is that good things will happen as he sees

2015-01-27 Baby On The Way And An Alcoholic MIL:

Thank you for the details. Sorry I am late in this reply.   What I have picked up on is your boyfriends issue with telling you and his mom one thing and then no followthrough. That is troubling. You are

2014-07-22 beer:

Sosua,       Thank you for your questions and for the brief explanation of your drinking habits.  You're correct that more beers does not necessarily make one an alcoholic - it is not the amount - it is


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