Saturday, November 22, 2014

Addiction's Power


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. 

What are you thankful for Today?

This post was shared at: Addiction Place

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