Gratitude for Sobriety

  1. 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 !!!
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  3. by   VivaLasViejas
    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!
  4. by   Magsulfate
    Congratulations, and happy birthday
  5. by   Tweety
    Congratulations!
  6. by   rninmi
    Quote from michigooseBSN
    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 !!!
    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!

    Congratulations :spin::spin:

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