Every day I am sober is a victory. Every day I wake up and realize that this is it, there are no more chances to drink today makes me proud of myself for what I have accomplished in sobriety.
Even if my days are tough, or a lot of things happen in a row that make me want to drink, the simple realization that the only way to get through them is with self-control and patience helps remind me why staying sober is worth it every time.
Daily Reflections January 22
A few hours later I took my leave of Dr. Bob. . . . The wonderful, old, broad smile was on his face as he said almost jokingly, “Remember, Bill, let’s not louse this thing up. Let’s keep it simple!” I turned away, unable to say a word. That was the last time I ever saw him.ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS COMES OF AGE, p. 214
I used to be so uptight about life and sobriety, but then I realized that the most important thing is what you do with yourself during your sober periods.
By packaging my days into twenty-four hour segments of practicing a few principles as best I could within those time shop intervals, any challenge seemed more manageable than before!
The A.A. program has been one of the most important parts of my life for a long time now, and I’ve seen firsthand how it can help people get their lives back together after years of addiction to alcohol or other substances.
If you’re someone who’s struggling with substance abuse in any form, don’t give up hope! It might not be easy at first, but if you stay committed to these principles each day, your sobriety will come into focus again.
And then maybe one day soon you’ll find yourself writing an article like this about what helped me through some tough times too- because we all need support sometimes when things are hard!