Yes, in my drinking days—any excuse to party—it’s was on!
Fourth of July, weddings, any party was an excuse to just drink. I was in the thick of it, feeling as if I could get away with excessive drinking because everybody was drinking, right?? Free to be as crazy as I wanted.
In sobriety, I am free of that obsession, free of the addiction cycle, and free to enjoy the simple joys of life. Like just showing up sober, remembering what happened that day.
I pray for all of those people who are still drinking to excess, using and hurting others in the process. I pray for all children caught in the crossfire of addiction. I pray for all of those affected by family members still active in their addiction—for them to know that there is hope.
Freedom can be ours in sobriety only if we choose it and are ready. It is so possible.
We are blessed in this country with so many freedoms. I am grateful this 4th of July to be free of the obsession to drink, to be able to show up for life and celebrate totally sober. I can’t and don’t do it alone. It’s with the help of others like myself that have kept me sober for the last 5,470 days.
Next Friday, with the help of others and God’s grace, I will be celebrating 15 years of sobriety! My nephew is getting married that day at a winery. Weddings were another trigger for me to just go nuts and drink myself silly.
Not this wedding. I am thrilled to be celebrating sober, taking photos and remembering every minute.
If I can do it, so can you. Try it. I’ll be there to help.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. ”
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