I am a person in long-term recovery. Unfortunately there is still so much shame and stigma attached to those words. However, those of us who have been given the gift of sobriety have a different view. We are the ones who have lived through hell and somehow made it out alive – and for that we carry around this amazing sense of gratitude for living the most authentic life possible today.
For all the work I do daily to maintain my sobriety, I am fully aware that I did not get to this point on my own. I recognize that the sobriety I have achieved is largely due to forces outside and greater than myself…my Higher Power, the 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the many people who have loved and supported me throughout my journey.
What recovery means to me isn’t just about finding hope again. Recovery means an entire transformation of my life from top to bottom. Recovery is an experience – something that can only be lived. When I got sober I had no idea that I had begun a process that can best be described as ‘blowing myself away’.
Sobriety is a gift. And it’s a miracle that I am writing this today. I will always be an addict and alcoholic – but today I’m sober…and that is priceless. However, the greatest gift of all that I have received has been the honor to work at GraceWay. Daily I am able to give back to the women who come seeking a new way of life. I get to be a part of the miracle of transformation in recovery, witness changed perspectives and attitudes, and see first-hand the sparkle of hope in their eyes. I get to encourage these women to become empowered and find their capabilities, and most important of all to walk in freedom one day at a time.