We Live and We Learn: Journey to Sobriety

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We live and we learn: My journey to sobriety There I was, driving around Los Angeles on a frosty night in February with my friends and cousins from Angola and London. We were happy, without a care in the world. We had gone clubbing together, which involved dancing and of course drinking. It was 2:00am by the time we left. I did not notice the speed I was driving. Then I saw the flashing lights behind me. My levity dissipated as I instantly became aware of the irresponsible nature of my actions. I thought I was sober and had been able to handle the amount of alcohol in my system. I was wrong. By 3:00am my life had inexorably changed forever. I was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI). I spent four seemingly endless hours in jail. I went home and started thinking about what I wanted to do with my life, what kind of path I wanted to take. I knew that I was in trouble, but my mind was preoccupied with matters far more serious than not being able to drive for one year. I was terrified that my arrest would affect my ability to study in the United States as an international student and derail my future forever. Also, my sister was pregnant at the time and my family was coming over to be there for my nephew's birth and her graduation. I was one of the few persons in my family who had a driver's license. It was my obligation to drive my family around. I did not want anybody to know what I was going through, so I kept driving with a suspended driving
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