I am an alcoholic and I am fine. A very unusual way to start my testimony. A couple of years ago, I was on my death-bed and even doctors had given up on me. I am an average man from a middle-class family. We did not really struggle to survive, but all the same life was not easy. This instilled in me a determination to work hard and my efforts pai...Read Mored off. I am financially well settled with an excellent monthly income. I have a very loving family consisting of my wife and 2 beautiful children. Now comes the mystery. Why did I drink so much? I had all that a man could have desired in life, but one destructive habit was threatening to snatch it all out of my hands. I have been drinking for a long, long time. Initially, I drank in moderation and would rarely have more than 2 pegs. However, a couple of years ago I suddenly found my health beginning to deteriorate and developed diabetes. Very soon I found myself in the ICU of a prominent hospital in Pune. I remained there for 2 weeks and the doctors pronounced me a miracle case when I made it out of the ICU. However, they cautioned me that I were to ever drink again I would not survive. The damage my liver had endured was bordering on cirrhosis and would not be able to take much more battering. On the advice of a friend I was admitted to I am Fine Foundation rehabilitation centre in Pune, much against my wishes. It was not easy initially and I would invent a new excuse every day to leave the centre. But in reality, my experience at the I am Fine rehabilitation centre changed my life. It was here for the very first time that I was able to look at myself for what I am, learn to love myself again, and grow from there. It was a very fruitful process which is helping me even today. The team at I am Fine is like a family. It is a home away from home. I have absolutely no cause to complain as Dr. Ashwini, Niraj Sir and the counsellors were always supportive and helped me endure the difficult times. I have now been home after leaving the centre for more than a year and leading a fruitful life. Things are not easy but with the help of my family and the I am Fine family I am able to live my life without the support of alcohol. I’ll like to end this testimony by saying that, “I am fine today because of the love and support that I received at I am Fine Foundation. Thank you.