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OK, this is going to be shorter than you might expect. I am an alcoholic, I have been clean for a year. I got a temporary lay off a month back, and it is looking permanent. The thing for everyone who lost a job during these times is that I have no idea where my next check is coming from, I have nothing to do, I am useless. I don’t see a way out, but there is a booze store that I can see from my front window. It is hard to not take the option. I also for fun get to take care of my schizophrenic brother. Stress and boredom is a hard hill to climb when you can’t see the summit.
I can’t go to meetings because they are closed. I can’t see my counselor; that is also closed. In both cases, I can do phone or internet options, but it’s not really the same. The temporary solution to all my problems is, again, visible from my window.
– Sean in Alberta, Canada
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