Hi everyone. I'd like to introduce myself. Sobriety date is 11/2004.
I once had over 3 years of "sobriety". Went to meetings, but that was it. No sponsor, no Steps, no Higher Power. I'm amazed I hung around AA as long as I did and learned nothing whatsoever!
This time, it sure feels very different! Entered rehab on Thanksgiving Day, 2004 at the age of 45. And as of that day, there was only one thing I knew, and that was that I had no idea how to live without drinking. Which is to say I had no idea how to live. Period. I had felt hopeless and desperate before. Many, many times, in fact. But this time I feel like I became open minded for the first time in my life. I'm glad I found myself in a place I felt safe and could trust. I've been practicing what I learned in rehab and in AA ever since. And trying to remain teachable.
I'm enormously grateful to be in recovery. I've felt a greater sense of well-being over the last 18 months than I thought was possible. Before I started working the Steps and the AA program of recovery, I had no conception of hope, trust, honesty, humility, patience, acceptance, tolerance, or compassion for others.
Doing my 4th Step with the help of the Hazeldon Step Four book was a real eye-opener! I had no idea of the multitude of attitudes, thoughts and emotions I indulged in that were causing me emotional and spiritual harm.
Anyway, here I am. Hello.