I was planning an amazing blog post for today, I wanted to name as many people as possible who have made recovery possible for me. That’s going to have to wait, life had other plans, but here’s a preview (I’ll probably edit this list all week).
Not every gets the help they need
I don’t know the right word — lucky, blessed, privileged — but so many things have been going in the right direction to make recovery happen in my life. I’ve had the money, I’ve had the support, I’ve had the right connections, and happy accidents have kept my sobriety safe.
It’s been a battle some days, but many times I feel like the momentum of recovery can’t be stopped now. This thing is happening. It’s real this time. Sometimes I quote myself just to be an ass : )
Recovery is winning and addiction can’t do shit about it. ~ Sober Tony
I’m making this list to say I’m not alone, or some kind of role model, it’s just how things are working out in my story. It was my time to quit drinking and I had enough help to get this far. I can’t judge anyone else, but I can encourage you to get as much help as possible.
Who helped me get sober?
- Family – especially my kids who believe dad will always win
- My x-wife who may never like me but will always believe in me
- One stubborn Haitian friend
- The Recovery Posse on Twitter
- Enemies who wanted me to fail
- Doubters who were certain I would
- My AA sponsor who kept me moving forward
- Church people who prayed for me
- The few church people who gossiped and judged me
- My estranged Higher Power (we’re talking again)
- My local AA home group
- The one guy who I know is looking to me for help – I’m calling you out Bro. you can’t drink today
- The people who make seltzer water
- The grandma who sells popcorn in my neighborhood
- My counselor, therapist, and psychiatrist
- Bill W. who wrote one hell of a book about smashing ADDICTION
- Stigma fighters like Sarah Fader, who is my #WCW
— Sober Tony (@sobertony) May 25, 2017
I’d like to expand on those, but it’s just American is so damn busy. Come back next week and see what’s here. Today, I want to just dwell on one idea…
This is the FIRST 100 days of my sobriety.
There will be lots more to blog about and lots more times I need help. I’m looking forward to each and every clear-eyed morning. Everyone says there is no magic date, but recovery will become easier in time.
I want to remember this first chapter and use it as motivation to press onward. I’m working the steps with intensity, because I don’t want to fall back into that powerless situation. Recovery is still my first priority everyday.
I hope you’ll keep reading for the next 100 days and maybe even share your own story. The comment section is open.