Start the new year one day at a time
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Thirty-nine years ago, I was on a business trip in Conroe, Texas, and decided to attend a 12-step group meeting for people with alcohol problems. I was sober approximately nine months at the time. I’ll never forget that night.
The group was celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of its member’s sobriety date. They had a cake for the occasion and gave the older gentleman a gift for achieving 20 years of being free from the bondage of alcohol addiction. He was allowed to address the group and shared a few words.
I remember thinking, “Twenty years without a drink and I’m just trying to make it one year.”
He shared that 20 years ago he came through the doors of a 12-step group seeking help and not ever thinking he could get sober. He continued, “The people accepted me with open arms, encouraged me to only take ‘one day at a time,’ come to meetings, don’t drink and guaranteed that my life would get better. I did that for 365 days and celebrated one year of sobriety. I felt so good that I decided to continue taking “one day at a time” and came to meetings for 19 more years. I never thought I could enjoy life as much as I do now. Thanks to all of you.”
That night I decided I wanted
what that man had — an excitement about life and a peace that comes after being grateful for the people who were instrumental in his recovery.
As we enter 2014, I thank God for the opportunity to share what He has done in my life. It’s only by His grace and the help of people He placed in my life that I will celebrate 14,600 days (40 years) of sobriety on Jan. 25. I mention it in days, because life is lived only “one day at a time.”
Studies show that more people seek help for alcohol and drug addiction during the month of January than any other time. If you, or someone you know, have a problem, be assured that there is help. Keep in mind that the first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one.
I offer my services (personal counseling, family intervention and referral to treatment facilities) to anyone seeking help.
Happy New Year!
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