Hi Phillip ~
Welcome, and thank you for sharing your story. And a dramatic story, at that. Stories like yours are important to me. My life didn't change all that much (on the outside) while I was drinking, so the reality of my alcoholism escaped me for many years. At the end of my drinking, though, the downward spiral was rapid and all those "yets" became possiblities. Your story helps to reinforce to me that although things may not have gotten "too bad", I was still on the fast track to hell, and would be again if I ever pick up a drink.
We share the same sober year ~~ wow, both of us will get our marbles back this year!! (Does Australia AA have that expression? That it takes 5 years to get your marbles back, and 10 years to learn how to use them??)