The word recovery can be taken literally and figuratively.
Recovery is the result of finding something you’ve lost, like salvaging relics from a sunken ship, or taking things back you’d thought were tossed away.
In my case, the recovery process began in 1986 at the age of 26. I took my last drink in January of that year, on the 12th, to be exact. Once I began to understand the concept, recovery became a spiritual goal: to regain what I’d once feared was lost. I was deeply saddened to realize I’d lost something of such significance, ME! Or, at least, a part of me that I was afraid was too far gone to ever resurface. Recovery gave me a new determination to get reacquainted with the young woman God created me to be, and to be patient as the person I’d neglected–Sarah–had time to grow. Forgiveness of myself and others took time, and became an integral part of the growth process.
Since I’m writing a lot about recovery these days, it’s timely to see the government agency known as SAMHSA or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, designating September as the month for us all to become more aware of the impact recovery can have. I’m here to testify.
My brother John, with whom I had a twin-like closeness growing up, did not live long enough to experience his recovery. Instead, the authorities recovered his body, floating in a river, after he’d been missing for two weeks. John drowned when he was 23, after a long history of drug abuse.
I devoted my memoir, “As a Result” to John and to all those we’ve lost too soon. My book was released and launched right around this time last year.
Too many of our young people are dying from the effects of substance abuse. I’m one of the miracles who has survived and been made whole, and I’m so, so grateful to be alive in my 34th year of sobriety. In addition to recovering from alcoholism and it’s effects, I’ve experienced recovery from different types of grief (each loss has required its own time to heal.) Plus, a real bonus: my restored marriage. My husband and I were in REAL trouble at year 8, and now, by the GRACE of God, we are together in our 42nd year. I regularly, intentionally renew my sense of hope and zest for a life of sobriety, even while having to face life’s difficulties. Those early years, without any mind-altering substance in my system, I learned to “live life on life’s terms.”
There are many more roads to recovery today than ever before. I highlight my own on this website.
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“As a Result” is climbing the charts in the Kindle edition in 12 Step Recovery. Also available in print form.
And if you want signed copies, I’m glad and honored to provide them for you.
We (YOU and I) are not ever in the struggle alone.
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