I was a drinker and smoker until 2002 when I joined AA. I gave up drinking, smoking and any non-prescription drugs after 25 years of suffering. This made a huge change in my life for which I am very pleased. I was unable to speak to anyone comfortably unless I had a good measure of alcohol in my system and a smoke in my hand. I have been able to change that and now I am happy to be recovering from the pain and sciatica I have suffered caused by Degenerative Disc Disease and stenos-is also. I hope the surgery will allow me to have some sort of normal life. I have enjoyed the time I spend in this place sharing my experiences and being given advice from other sufferers of physical and/or mental ailments in common with mine. Thanks for being here for me.