Published May 18, 2009
Yesterday I sat in church and remembered sitting there 17 years ago and asking my God for help. For the first time I didn't say "make me strong" or "Keep me from doing this" I just said "Help me. I can't do this anymore". Today I celebrate 17 years of continuous sobriety one day at a time and I am more grateful than I can say. I will get a medallion tonight at my step meeting and celebrate with my friends in recovery. 17 years ago today I had an intervention at work and I felt a combination of relief that my nightmare was over and uncertainty that my life could improve. I'm here to say it did in ways I couldn't imagine. I've just retired after 9 years as a school nurse, my family loves and supports me, I have a granddaughter named after me and her mother, my daughter, will be coming to visit in a week and will give me another coin at my women's meeting. Life couldn't be better !!!
VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN
Congratulations to you!!!
I celebrated my own 17th sobriety birthday on Jan. 1st of this year, so we're right in the same ballpark. Sometimes it hasn't even been one day at a time---it's been one CRISIS at a time, one BREATH at a time---but for someone who once marveled at a woman who'd gone 10 years without a drink, racking up 17 is pretty amazing stuff!!
Best wishes to you in your continuing recovery, you deserve it!! Keep on keeping on!
Magsulfate, BSN, RN
Congratulations, and happy birthday :)
Tweety, BSN, RN
I love it....I love the fact you give thanks to God still 17 yrs later....I am approaching 5yrs clean and hope I still remember who took my addiction away....I relate to your prayer....So many days I would actually walk the aisle, kneel down and beg God to help me not to use only to be in the bathroom w/a needle hours later that same day!
It wasn't until I surrendered.....I mean really surrenedered on a bathroom floor in a detox unit in between the shakes and vomitting...I finally met my God. I finally surrendered and started a relationship with a very very very real compassionate God who was just waiting for me.
I had to my work, I had to not pick up, go to meetings, and start repairing the relationships I destroyed...but God was there I felt Him and He eventually took the overwhelming desire to use drugs away. Thank you for you gratitude and for your post!
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