What is your sober date?
By the grace of God, I have been free from alcohol since May 6, 2018. I have a life today that I never knew existed. A life free from alcohol and the opportunities to live happy, joyous and free. This is what motivates and drives me today. I like to focus on the things I get to do in recovery today. I am employable, trusted, I have a relationship with my Higher Power, I am present in my children’s life and I get to be there for others today. I remember the shattered, lost woman I was before God graced me with the gift of sobriety and living in the moment, one day at a time, surrounded by loved ones is how I choose to live life today. I give back to others searching for a way out of recovery any opportunity I can and I am truly blessed for the life in recovery I lead today.
How did addiction keep you from living your best life?
I became a complete slave to alcohol and it prevented me from having any kind of a healthy, free and happy life. The trembles prevented me from working, the shame and guilt drove me into seclusion where I completely isolated.
What and who guided you toward an addiction free journey?
Before I found sobriety and recovery, I was a disconnected lost soul that did not believe in any power greater than myself. However, before I even began the process of getting sober, my Higher Power began working in my life before I even realized it. My Higher Power began placing God fearing, strong woman in my life who began to show me love and compassion I didn’t even have for myself. These woman who started as co workers and friends of friends, began reciting scriptures to me and when I got sober, I realized the only who and what that lead me to an addiction free journey, was my Higher Power and those ladies around me that became family.
What plan and steps did you take to get out of addiction?
I had no plan other than I didn’t want to die. I didn’t lose all my worldly possessions or my children like others do, however I lost something that, to me, was more important than anything, and that was the will to live. I found the rooms of AA and I hit the ground running. I began reading the big book, working my steps and finding other alcoholics who came before me and had the life I wanted. I surrounded myself with strong women in recovery and gained a whole new family.
When did you decide it was time to take action?
Alcohol brought me to my knees on my bathroom floor in complete and utter destruction praying and screaming to a God of my understanding to lift this addiction to alcohol. Immediate relief, strength and direction came over me, I found an AA meeting 30 mins later and I haven’t looked back, only to remember how far I have come.
What was at stake for you if you didn’t take these actions to get sober?
Not to mention my life, I risked losing my children, crashing vehicles, killing myself or someone else along the way. My will to live and fight.
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