Alan sometimes drank until he blacked out. When he regained consciousness, he’d find himself at Harborview Medical Center.
The 54 year-old, who requested his last name be withheld, has tried to quit drinking several times. He attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. He even scraped together the money for a 30-day retreat on the Olympic Peninsula that promised to help him kick the habit.
“I might as well have taken the $1,300 bucks and set it on fire,” he said.