Hello all! I recently passed my NCLEX July 9th. By the grace of my higher power (whom I choose to call God) I attended my first AA meeting July 18th. I can honestly say that the fellowship and program have given me more insight about my disease than four years of nursing school ever could have. I am so grateful to have found the program and even more thankful to be sober today. I started my first job as an RN last Monday and am (for the first time) hopeful for the future. Someone at one of my meetings was telling me about Caduceus meetings, but I have heard pretty negative things about them and haven't found any in my area. I am however very happy to have found this forum, it is nice to know we are not alone and all working towards the same goal. I am always looking to expand my fellowship, especially with people who I can relate to. Please feel free to respond or share your stories. Here's to faith, hope, and fellowship! One day at a time!
Aug 5, '12
I think many nurses are truly surprised to find that they're not the only recovering nurse out there, nor will they be the last
Best of luck in your recovery and with the new job.
Aug 5, '12
Hello, and Welcome!!
You are far from the only nurse out there with a history of substance abuse, so take comfort in knowing that there'll be many fellow recovering alcoholics and addicts working beside you during the course of your career. Although I stopped drinking before becoming a nurse and have been sober for over two decades, I'm still actively recovering and will never consider myself "cured" until the day I die. All I can do is continue to stay sober and pay forward the blessings I've received from God, so if you ever need a sympathetic ear or a shoulder to cry on when things get rough, just holler.......I'm right here.
Congratulations on your NCLEX, new job and sobriety......and "keep coming back, it works!"