6 Months Sobriety


wp-1484928101125.jpgToday I celebrate 6 months of sobriety!  I have never had that kind of time under my belt since I started drinking, on the regular, when I was 18.

Of course, for about 5 months of it I was in jail, so it was pretty easy for me.  I’ve almost discounted the fact that I had anything to do with it, having it forced upon me in a Correctional Facility.

But, as my Group Leader said the other day, sobriety is sobriety.  I had opportunities to drink “Jail Brew”, smoke K2, swallow a few Suboxens to remove the pain of incarceration.  But I did not pick up.  So, I will be proud of my accomplishment.  Amazing that all those substances are available in todays’ system, no?

Anyway, I was never the type of falling down, skin crawling Alcoholic:  simply, when I drank I would be the last to leave, alcohol got me into trouble.  I feel bad for some of my comrades here at the VA Residential Treatment Program here in Boston; many of them are not so lucky to find sobriety as seemingly easy as I am.

They are often wracked with terrible urges, physical anomalies resultant from years of wreaking havoc on their minds, bodies, souls.  It helps me appreciate what God has put in my path.  I celebrate this gift today:  I have no urge, desire, or inclination to pick up again.  As they say in AA “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

And so today, among my new “Self-Labels,” I am proud to say I am a Non-Drinker.

24 comments on “6 Months Sobriety”

  1. Congrats.

    I am nearing my one year mark and gotta say it’s amazing and well worth it! I was also fortunate enough to not be plagued with cravings. Though the trauma of the last time I drank might be accountable for that. Keep going strong 🙂

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  2. Be happy for your accumulated sobriety . But remember that it was God that had mercy on you. You were spared by the grace of God just as I was. Give credit and thanks to the One who has all power. More will be revealed. Twenty four hours at a time……

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  3. You should be so proud of yourself. Addiction of any kind is not easy, that you resisted and stuck to staying sober in jail is a true accomplishment. I know too many personally that have and are dying from their chosen vices. It’s never worth it. One day at a time is all you need to do.

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