More will be revealed.
It’s been a wonderful thirty days and I’m sad to see it end. I want to thank everyone who took a little time to pick up some information about the disease. Alcoholism isn’t like cancer or diabetes or even hepatitis. People who find themselves to be alcoholic are so shamed by their disease that 1, they refuse to get help and 2, often don’t think that recovery is possible. Because of shame and anonymity, we just don’t talk about these things in public, much to the disservice of those who still suffer. Roger Ebert took a lot of flak for coming out in his blog, but in doing so he gave many people the courage to finally face their own addictions and embark on the road to recovery. We alcoholics aren’t always known to play by the rules, and thank God for that!
I have done my best, in my limited capacity, to provide you with some insight into life as an alcoholic, both while active and in recovery. I only have my own story to give, though, and while it is one I would not change for the world, it is but one little point of view among the millions of alcoholics worldwide. I don’t have all the answers. I still struggle with many things like calling my sponsor, maintaining conscious contact with God or weighing whether I want to be “right or happy” (too often I still choose “right”). There are so many things I have not had to walk through in recovery… but I know that no matter what comes, there is someone in the program who has done the same thing “twice naked on the roof” and would be more than happy to help me walk through it with grace.
My name is Laurie and I am an alcoholic. I am part of the most amazing and diverse group of individuals you will ever meet. These people saved my life and if I can pay it forward in any capacity, even if it’s just by annoying a few people in one little corner of the internet, then I’ll be happy.
“We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. […] We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.”