Wow, y'all ! I'm diggin' this thread.
Y ... Wow, girl, I'm so tickled to watch you from your first post "getting it". It's a wonder, ain't it? I get incredibly pleased watching newcomer's lights come on. And yours is glowing.
I've hardly ever seen such a solid beginning on Step 1. Amazing. You're already working the program. Don't stop now. Actually, don't stop ever.
I don't know muc about the legalities of DUIs. I DO know how to make any trouble much worse - HAVE A DRINK. It's like pulling the house in on yourself cuz there's a crack in the wall. It's an alcoholic thing.
Keep up the good work. Stay connected. Stay involved. Keep listening and DO what you hear here. You will do well for yourself.
I have a suggestion for you: Keep a copy of this discussion and review it often. Start a "Getting Sober" diary. Remember what you're going through right now. Never forget. It will come in very handy some day when you start feeling strong enough to drink like normal folks. If you're an alcoholic like me, you never will be strong enough to take that first drink.
Eventually, as you WORK through your steps, you will be able to look back on all this fear, angst, shame, consequences, etc. without regret. That's a promise IF you work for it. Is that an "extravagant promise". I say, "HELL NO !" That's what's happened to me. Has that happened to anybody else here?
You, Y, are helping keep me sober today. You're story reminds me of my trip out of hell. You are the most valuable person I've heard from today. Right now, that's your AA service work. Tell it. You help others stay sober by reminding us of where we were, what happened, and what it's like now. Let it be known where you are, what's happening to you. Tell the truth without sugar. Your humble honesty is your best friend.
You're doing a great job. You're doing the most important AA servce you can do. And, by golly, you get to get sober doing it. Keep it up and you'll be staying sober by helping somebody else like you.
The difference is: in the bar, we were all dieing... together! They didn't really care about us -- we were simply their drinking companions -- so they didn't have to drink alone! When one of them didn't show up... we figured they were in jail or sick! NEVER did we imagine that they had gone to the big A & A and got "on the wagon"!
Nicely said brother. At a group in rehab, a newbie said, "I don't know how I'm going to get out of here (rehab) and hang out with my drinking buddies !"
Someone answered, "Well DON'T hang out with them. Hang out with US. We WERE your drinking buddies ! The difference is WE actually care about you when you don't have any booze to share. We just beat you to the unspiked punch."
Love y'all. You're God's hand on me this bright sober morning. The rest of Houston thinks it's cold, grey, and rainy today.