Half a bloody decade!
I just want to use this milestone to remind everyone that no matter how bad it gets, there is always a way back.
I never thought I’d emerge from the depths of alcoholism. I’m not ashamed to admit that; I was beaten. My health was extremely poor, I had absolutely no hope, and I couldn’t imagine a life without alcohol. But I recovered.
Now I’m doing things I NEVER dreamt possible – but I also appreciate the little things so much more than I ever did before. I have my family back, a job that I love, and I have lots and lots of goals.
When I first got sober, I would worry about how far behind everyone else I was. My friends had careers, kids, and their own homes. I was incredibly lucky to still have my amazing family but I had to start everything else from scratch.
I felt like a failure and life was daunting – both could have been a huge excuse to drink. But I didn’t, and everything else fell into place.
Rock bottom is a dark place to be. When you’re there it can be so hard to imagine a time when you will be happy again. You feel like you will never be proud of yourself again. And looking forward feels impossible because you are so fixated on the past.
But there is a way back from that place. It is possible to feel happiness, hope and pride again.
We are only here once. Don’t let your demons cut your time short. Reach out and ask for all the help that’s available.
Recovery is possible. I’m proof of that.
Take care and thanks for reading, Toby.