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    Hey guys.. it’s been some time since I’ve been here.. I just felt led to share my story on here with you, though. I know several of you saw me struggle through relapse after relapse late last year and early 2010… It was what seemed like a hopeless and futile attempt at reaching happiness.

    I made the decision to go to a treatment center that doesn’t necessarily have a lot of support.. people have a hard time understanding aversion therapy. They have a misconception about it. And that did anger and upset me before. I was so angry that people made fun of it. I was so angry that they rolled their eyes at it.

    But what I’ve learned is that it isn’t their fault that they don’t understand it. And it’s not my place to push a recovery method on another person just because I believe in it. What works for me may not work for others. We, as addicts, are all here to get and stay sober! … whatever works for us, as individual people.. that’s what we should use.

    And it worked for me.

    I’m 99 days sober today. My life has transformed. I’ve never been happier in all of my life. I truly mean that. God has graciously poured out His blessings on me. I have an incredible job. I have the most amazing son… I never could have dreamed of a more perfect child. My blood pressure, cholesterol, liver enzymes, weight, well-being.. they’re all perfect.

    At the rate I was going, If I hadn’t gone for help when I did, I truly believe that I wouldn’t have seen 2011. I’m eternally grateful to the people who guided me to where I needed to be. And to the precious people at the treatment center. They are still teaching me amazing life skills.. It’s so much more than chemical aversion. They’re teaching me to love myself.. they’re teaching me how to cope with life. I’m a new person and I’m thrilled to see what the future holds!

    Every single day I wake up sober is a gift from God. I cherish my morning coffee. I cherish the new yellow flower that sprouted in my front lawn. I cherish the birds singing. I cherish my family, my friends, my blessed life.

    Whatever method you choose to use… use it.. use it with all of your heart. There IS hope. And we don’t NEED the demon alcohol. We CAN defeat it. And life is indescribably beautiful once we do. Everything seems to fall into place. Everything gains clarity. And we’re gifted, as recovered alcoholics, with wisdom. We’re blessed with the chance to do some intense and honest soul searching to find out what amazing people we truly are.

    The storms along the way have molded us into what we are. I would never change anything in my past. It was all for a purpose.

    I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that I will never, ever, for the rest of my life, pick up another drink. All it takes is that first drink. And I’d be back at square one. I don’t want to ever see those dark days again. And God has given me the strength and power to fulfill that commitment.

    I hope you’re all well. And I hope you the very best in your personal journeys. Hope is alive and well.

    Do what you gotta do to get there. Cos if I can do it, anybody can!

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