Happy to hear that your treatments are working!
I'm looking forward to traveling much of next year and I know what you mean by nice to have the forum here as a home away from home. It has definitely served me well, and I'm not sure what I'd do without it! It has been a huge part of my recovery and daily living.
Good to hear from you. Hope you're feeling better soon. And, just in case no one has told you -- relapse is not a requirement!
Actually, those of us that have relapsed in the past -- are the exception. Most of us who did relapse were either too unwilling to do the kinds of things that you've done in your first time around, or... we got sober in environments where it was difficult to see and hear the program that works!
I agree that relapse is not a requirement, but for me it was inevitable. I simply would not follow the directions, as they are written. I got away with it, too, or so I thought, for years. But, reckoning day came, as it always does. As Dr. Bob said, "These Steps are not open for interpretation." I must have quoted that, and most everything else he and Bill Wilson said, verbatim, for years. These are just words, if you don't apply them. However, my alcoholism, that I inflicted upon myself, convinced me that I was the exception to the rule. My alcoholism convinced me I was smarter than Dr. Bob! But for God's grace, I damn near died. I thank God for that relapse. I thank God that He let me live through it. Many don't make it back. That relapse is what it took for me to come to the realization of just how cunning, baffling, and powerful this alcoholism is. I hope everyone here will take this fool's advice............"Work the Steps or die!"
I wish each and everyone here, and their Families, a very Sober Christmas! A Sober Christmas is a Merry Christmas!