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When Losing Really Means Not Winning

Published on 6/11/2017
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Recently I learned of a friend of mine who lost a young relative to drug addiction... I used the term addiction instead of abuse because once a person gets dependent on drugs it's totally out of their control until they finally hit bottom & they decide it is no longer the way they want to spend the rest of their life... They have to want it or it will never come to pass... Some of them are so affected by their addiction that they no longer have a clear enough vision of what a drug free life could be like & we lose them... This is especially true of the young ones who have this crazy notion that it could never happen to them...

I am a recovering alcoholic who hasn't had a drink in over 26 years... I'm one of the lucky ones, for only by the Grace of God, the people of AA & my strong instinct for survival was this possible... Gratitude is my favorite subject because I'm grateful for every day I wake up without a hangover... AA gave me a God of my understanding instead of what others would have me believe... That was the most important gift ever given to me in my lifetime... Through that 12 step program I learned the excuse I used for drinking was I hated the way I was living but I lacked the courage to change it.... 

I was being subjected to physical & verbal abuse... My total sobriety was a long time coming for me... The drinking stopped, but it took me 25 years to completely recover from the abuses... Today I have completely recovered my self respect & I no longer will ever settle for second best... 

AA taught me about the future of someone with an addiction... There are only three outcomes, prison, an institution or death... When I considered what I had to look forward to I realized how bleak that picture was & I went to an AA meeting... Once there I met this older woman who told me if I was serious about getting sober I should take a seat in the front row, take the cotton out of my ears & put it in my mouth because other than drunk-a-logs I had nothing worth sharing... She also told me I needed to attend at least one meeting a day for an entire year... I had enough respect for her & her lengthy sobriety that I listened to her, I wanted out of that way of life that much... Contrary to the mistaken belief that I needed alcohol to give me the courage I needed to make the necessary change in my lifestyle, it was the lack of alcohol that made me see things as they really were...

I am now 77 years old & for the first time in my life I have found true love with the most wonderful man I've ever known... I think that's God's reward for my perseverance because he's perfect for me...

 My life hasn't been without heartbreak or hardships since my sobriety, but I thank God I never felt compelled to pick up a drink because of them... I learned how to deal with my problems instead of trying to run away from them... My sobriety became my reality show... 

I had to include this hymn by Susan Boyle...  Though she never had a substance addiction she battled he own demons & was victorious...  God blessed her with the voice of what an angel must sound like...

I didn't mean for this story to be all about me, but if my story is able to reach one person & make them realize what their own fate holds in store for them I will be eternally grateful... I owe my very soul to God, the people & principles of AA...

Thank you... Thank you... Thank you...


Signing off 'til next time this is,

Linda Michel White

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