I married my wife, Jackie, in 2011. She knew my history but not how heavy my drinking was. We tried many things to stop it or slow it down. I changed from liquor to beer, only at home, AA, limiting my access to money….. You get the point. WE did try, but nothing worked. I guess I wasn’t ready to say I am done. Over the next 6 years, I continued to drink. I lost 4 really good jobs either directly or indirectly to drinking. The last being on August 30, 2017. This after promising Jackie and myself that I wouldn’t screw it up. All the time meaning it 100%.
On August 31, Jackie came home for lunch and found me at home drinking. I hadn’t told her I was fired the day before. She is smart and figured it out pretty quickly. She took my keys and debit card. Later that day, I got a call from a good friend. He and his wife Meredith lead our couples group at church. He told me he found a place for me to go for help and he would pick me up to take me. I told him ok. I was finally ready. This time was different. I had accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and was baptized earlier in the year. This changed my whole attitude about it. While in treatment, I started a bible study group. We started with 4 people and when I left on September 28th, we were up to 8. I hope the newcomers will keep it going in my absence.
I am currently working my program and attending 90 meetings in 90 days. I have not missed one yet. I am working the 12 steps with my sponsor as well. This is a life long commitment that I am making to myself, my family and my friends.
Thank you for your patience and allowing me to share my story with you. I am not an expert or perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but if you have any questions, I will try to answer them.
God Bless You and all the alcoholics and addicts still out there suffering.