Sandy McArthur,


Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Retrospective -

MEM­O­RABLE AR­TI­CLE: “Leave Home or Get Help,” by Mary Ellen Pinkham (Jan­uary 1987)

On Au­gust 11, 1987, I was sit­ting with my two sis­ters in the younger one’s liv­ing room, anx­iously await­ing our mother’s ar­rival. She’d agreed to meet us for tea; in re­al­ity, we—along with our aunt and a drug and al­co­hol coun­sel­lor—were plan­ning an in­ter­ven­tion. We had all read the same piece in Reader’s Di­gest, which prompted us to talk openly about Mom’s drink­ing and what to do about it. Al­co­holism wounds, and it kills— our fa­ther had passed away four years ear­lier, rav­aged by the ef­fects of his drink­ing. Thanks to the ad­vice in this ar­ti­cle, Mom re­mained sober for the last 22 years of her life.

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