Sobriety date: 9/27/02, that was the day I accepted that my life was unmanageable and I was powerless over alcohol. It took 25 years to realize that. This disease is cunning, baffling and powerful. It distorts all perceptions of what is normal and what is not. I did not loose my job, house, family, or all of my money. In fact, I became more successful in my career and financial status than I could ever imagine. BUT, What I did loose was me, my feelings, my emotions. my self-esteem, my relationships with others, my relationship with any higher power and mostly my self-respect. 6 years later, sober, I am gaining all that back with the help of AA, my sober friends and reuniting with a power greater than myself. And it truly works, if you work it.