I went to an AA meeting tonight. Wednesday night we have a Big Book study. For those of you that don’t know, that’s what we call the Alcoholic’s Anonymous book. We’re reading through the stories right now. More specifically, page 219.
Essentially, this guy is telling us about his rock bottom. He’s lost his new wife, numerous jobs, he’s been evicted. The year is 1938. This guy is 39 years old and moves back to his mother’s house. At this point in history AA hasn’t been officially named yet but alcoholics are seeking recovery and helping each other out. A man comes to talk to him. The man’s name was Jackie. Jackie later becomes his sponsor. In the story, Jackie relapses and dies of alcoholism. This man, Jackie, was a sponsor.
This story really struck a nerve with me. It made me realize how fragile our lives really are. That I shouldn’t take my sobriety or recovery for granted because it could end me up in a grave. That’s a scary thought. I have my house in order for the most part. I’m not afraid of dying but I definitely dont want to die a victim to my addiction.
Please don’t take it for granted. Your life, your sobriety, your recovery. We all deserve happy sober lives. It’s not always going to be easy to reset or start back at Day 1. You may not have another chance at sobriety. That’s all it could take for me. One last drink, one last high…not because I chose sobriety but because I thought that i could reset but never lived long enough to.