At every AA or NA meeting, a word of sympathy or prayer is usually spoken on behalf of the "still-suffering" alcoholic or addict—those who haven't had their eyes opened yet and are not yet trying to kick their habit.
Today is my 21st anniversary clean and sober. I got out of detox and rehab at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, on September 9th, 1990, so September 10th, 1990, was Day One of being sober on my own.
If you're not there yet and you need to be, get there—go to a meeting. Not tomorrow; today. If you've been trying, keep trying. I know how hard it is. At a meeting you'll find a lot of others who know how hard it is too.
It's worth it. I used to say that being an addict and/or a drunk just tilts the graph-line of your life downward—things get worse and worse, no matter who you are, no matter how strong you think you ought to be. Quitting isn't a panacea—it won't automatically make you rich and strong and loved and secure and respected and happy and content with your lot in life. All it does is gradually tilt the graph line back upwards again...and things get slowly better and better.
It's really true. It really does. I'm living proof.
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