AA Birthday

On December 4th, 2016, I took my last drink. A month later, I attended my first Alcoholics Anonymous, on January 12, 2017. I haven’t touched it since.

That was 2 years ago and it feels like a lifetime.

Since then, it’s been hard in some ways to stay away from the bottle but also I’ve found the distance helps, if only a little. The strength that I need to continue to live in sobriety really comes from knowing that my life is infinitely better without it than it was with it.

I resonate so much with what this person had to share recently:

I’d been thinking about it for awhile, as I’d noticed being drunk didn’t seem to add any particular value to my life. Nor did being tipsy, or simply sipping on one cocktail and calling it a night. None of it helped me write my books, or scripts, or marketing emails, or grocery lists. None of it helped me cut down on my credit card spending. None of it helped me feel better for more than a few hours.

Exactly.

Alcohol did nothing, truly positive in my life. Sure, it helped loosen me up while I was out and meeting folks, but what were those relationships really worth if it killed me on my way home?

I’ve come to learn that one’s Sobriety Anniversary is entirely up to you – one can make it really about anything, which is totally cool. For instance, it could be:

  1. The last day you drank alcohol.
  2. The day after your last drink.
  3. The day you started into a recovery program (didn’t have to be AA).
  4. The day after your (last) relapse.
  5. The day you ultimately decided to get help and seek treatment for alcohol addiction.
  6. The day that you remember the most post-commitment (some times those days blur together).

For me, December 4th, 2016 is one I’ll never forget as well as January 12th, 4 days after my middle child’s birthday, and I’ve decided to make that my AA Anniversary or Birthday – why the hell not.

More celebrations, the better.

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