relief! starting diversion in CA

  1. I was clean and sober for 9 years through AA and LOVED my recovery.. then got pregnant and had severe HG with multiple hospitalizations and drifted away from meetings and my sponsor. I went back to work when my son was 6 weeks old and felt like I was doing fine and maybe I didn't need meetings.. LOL I transferred to ER and got injured at work. I was given Valium and Norco for a back injury and because I wasn't staying active in my recovery it never occurred to me to stay accountable.. my addiction kicked in and I started diverting narcotics at work. I knew it was insane on some level but I was already sick in my addiction. Just last week I finally turned myself in to my management and diversion.. and stopped using. I have 8 days clean and sober today. I'm just starting the process with CA diversion (intake appt is this week) and am going to meetings and in treatment. Working with a sponsor again. GOD I feel so relieved!!! I kept trying to quit but I couldn't until I surrendered everything.. if anyone has any words of wisdom about the diversion process in California is appreciate any advice. I feel so blessed to be alive and sober today! I'm so grateful that diversion exists for us!
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  3. by   CBlover
    This is sad.
  4. by   nursgirl
    not sad at all! it is part of my journey and I'm so grateful to be back! ������
  5. by   Twoyearnurse
    First and foremost, congratulations on your sobriety! Addiction is a terrible thing. You are very brave to take this head on, and with a positive attitude to boot!

    i am sorry for the negative commentary, you will come up against it but keep moving forward. There are plenty of us who have been there. Many many from California. I am in Alaska and in monitoring as well and being transparent is lovely.

    Monitoring is rigorous but doable!
  6. by   sallyrnrrt
    It gets better,
    successful recovery will
    make you a better nurse.
    keep doing the next right thing!
  7. by   Biosphere
    It sounds like you are already on the right track. If you stay consistent, you will eventually prosper. After all, relapse are all part of the process. I can't speak specifically for California but they are all similar in some aspects. What help me the most was simply accepting it as part of my new lifestyle.