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sobriety taught me well

I'm sober 17 years now; I'm an alcoholic and drug addict. Thanks to sobriety I have endured some pretty rough times. In my second year of sobriety my youngest son was hit by a car, thank god he survived but it was a tough road. He was in a coma for a month and then in rehab for 6 months. Had I not been sober I couldn't have been there for him. I stayed in a bed right next to him and held his hand for it all. Thomas had a serious head injury and will never be the same. If I was still drinking and drugging I couldn't possibly been there when he needed me most. My husband is in recovery too so we backed each other up. Well Thomas needed to be hospitalized after we got home to have a shunt replaced in his head after it failed. No sooner did we get him home my husband wound up going in himself with what was thought to be pneumonia. He was in heart failure instead, come to find out his heart was so bad he needed a heart transplant. Oh boy more extremely touchy times, again acceptance was the first thing needed. Stay in touch with your group and sponsor when and if you have difficult times but remember good things happening may cause you to relapse because you want to celebrate. I'm come from an alcoholic family too so all I really knew was drinking for every occasion. Weddings and funerals were probably the two biggest binge drinking times. We had to learn to even go bowling or fishing without a drink because everything we did involved it. My husband had the transplant and it went well but we had to change our lives again. It's all about change, and changes were the norm for us now. Thing changed after about 15 yrs. I had a motorcycle accident and had my own head injury. I'm o.k. but here we go again I still didn't feel good so I had an MRI and they found a brain tumor. Holy crap, I had it removed and it wasn't cancerous thank god but I do have some problems from the injury and the surgery. If I were to drink because of all this tragedy I could never get through this. My point is you can get through anything without a drink or a drug. You have to use the program to grow and give you the faith to keep walking through real life things, losing the old behaviors and unfortunately friends. You will meet people that will hold your hand throughout anything that will come at you. They will love you and be there for you if you let them. Be brave and move ahead the past will hold you back!!

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Categories: Alcohol, Family, Husband, Son, Family history, Other Drugs, Recovery

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January 21, 2014 | Brian g

After my17th year I can clearly say I’m amazed,my life has taken some crazy turns ,none I’ve ever thought of a drink! I’ve married and un married twice, had heart failure, been a available father to 5 kids and 4 grand kids! Still my home group stepping stones ,my sponcer and a new guy is home for me ! Thank god for aa!

December 09, 2013 | Ari

I am a recovering aicddt and I currently work as a Chemical Dependency Counselor in Washington State. I spent over 30 years of my aicddted to anything I could get my hands on. As a counselor I work in the local jails interviewing new clients and also I conduct assessments for treatment placement. For over 3 1/2 years I have interviewed hundreds of clients and over 90% have started using before 18. It’s time that this issue is brought to our schools and not after the fact. My wish is to do so but there’s no option to do this where I live!? I am more that willing to offer my services .

November 27, 2013 | John Quest

Good to hear from you! After twenty-some years of addiction to alcohol and self-pity, I finally got a few of my remaining brain cells together and asked God for help…....... but this time, I meant it.
Life hasn’t exactly been a barrel of laughs since then, but it is sure a whole lot better than it was.
Even better, I have had so many opportunities to help other drunks achieve sobriety, and that has helped me to stay sober.

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