In reviewing the 12 GIF's that Show the Power of Addiction, it made me start thinking about how fortunate I am to be living in the shoes of a recovering alcoholic. More importantly, it reminded me that my addiction is always there and waiting to reenter my life. I am thankful to be in recovery and it is something that I work at everyday. I wouldn't refer to it as a battle or a challenge everyday, because it is not for me as I am 4 years into my recovery. Some days are harder then others and I will always be faced with that adversity. I do know that the Demon of Addiction is always sitting there and waiting for recovering alcoholics / addicts to join his family again and I know today, that is not going to happen.
To be honest, I am not sure what my life would look like without addiction and bipolar in it. I know I would not be the person I am today with the strength and courage I have to speak up about being proud to be a recovering alcoholic. In no way do I wear my alcoholism or bipolar disorder as a badge of honor, but it does assist me in my motivation to continue to achieve as a father, husband, son, brother, teacher, coach, friend, etc. I have lived the life of being put in jail, having blood pressure so high I have had to be hospitalized with severe nose bleeds because the pressure in my head was too high or when I had to be hospitalized for a concussion from being drunk and falling into a pit. I have scars all over my body and spirit from living in the hell of addiction, but those scars help point me down the road of Recovery.
Today, I am thankful to be sober and in active recovery. I am also thankful for the two treatment centers I have been to. my psychiatrist I see that provides me the proper treatment for my bipolar disorder and the blogs I have read about people making the choice to join a life of recovery one day at a time. I am so proud of the individuals that have posted their stories about being sober or in recovery for a day to thirty days. It is a blessing that others in the world are seeing the light of sobriety and how the recovery community is always there to support each other and newcomers. I have done online AA Meetings and after reading some of these inspirational stories, I may go join an AA meeting in person to continue to strengthen my recovery and possibly help another person in recovery.