Ken was raised in poverty among what would in 12 step terminology be referred to as “low-bottom drunks.” Neither of his parents drank, but both were children of alcoholic mothers, and both had long histories of alcohol addiction in past generations. After watching two uncles die of acute alcoholism only a half of a block from his childhood home drinking on the same couch, he was married for 19 years to a woman who became a practicing alcoholic. He is a singular man in that he has been active in the 12 step recovery program for 30 years, a program usually attended by women. Ken started attending meetings when men there were extremely rare. In 1976 he was one of only about four male Al-Anons in all of Houston. During three decades he has attended two to three meetings per week, led meetings, sponsored many men, spoken at major 12 step conferences, and served as chairman of the board of directors for the Al-Anon Intergroup office, which serves over 200 weekly meetings in the Houston area. He was in the first class of hospital representatives selected for special training to set up and monitor drug studies. Ken Successfully retired at the age of 54. Ken values the deep loving relationship he and his wife Katy have formed more than anything else. Ken began writing about the recovery process for men with addicted family members in June of 2006, and was soon joined by Scott B. and Bob T. The book is titled “We Codependent Men”. For Ken personally, publication of the book represents the chance to help the families of
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