After four introductory years, during the rest of my nearly 20 years in a religious order, I was able to obtain booze in one way or another. I now see it was ironic that the community, otherwise rather strict, in effect supported drinking more than abstanence. It was only after returning to the secular world that I was able to work through the 12-steps, get sober and stay so for the past 40 years a day-at-a-time. During these years I edited the book "Addiction: A Matter of Choice" by colleague Jame Hewitt. It develops an academic foundation for seeing addiction as a result of nurturing rather than a consequence of nature. My history of opium is titled "The Mystique of Opium," which I hope through its various translations is helping interntionally to understand the dangers of addictive substances.