After approximately 15 years of drinking and drugging, which landed me in trouble, in hospitals and closed many doors, I finally had enough and entered detox and a 28 day inpatient program. Not wanting to stop using but knowing all my problems stemmed from using, left me in a position where I would periodically relapse. Finally one night, having been out with a recovering friend, I came to a crossroads where I said, “God help me, I can’t do this any more.” The next day was the first day of my adult life that I did not want to drink or drug. That was over 28 years ago and I have not found it necessary to drink or drug since then.
I have had a blessed life in recovery with wonderful sponsors and have had the privilege to have sponsored a number of men. These men have enriched my life as well. I have a fantastic wife of 13 years and a great step-son. Currently I work as a CASAC which is a challenging and wonderful experience.
I thank God every day for my recovery and am grateful that my job allows me to be open about my recovery. There are still way too many situations where we need to keep our disease quiet because too many people still look down on people who struggle with addiction and do not understand recovery.