Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May 19, 2010

Today I am Grateful for:

Meetings. I was fortunate to go to an NA meeting with a friend last night. I've been to 3 meetings in the week I have been here in Syracuse. It's nice to know I can go anywhere and find a meeting. I don't care if it's NA or AA, to me, the message is the same. Don't drink or drug and one day at a time. Sometimes, especially in the beginning it was more minute to minute and hour to hour for me.

Today I don't think of my drug and alcohol use as much as I use to. Getting a sponsor and knowing that I am working through the steps has actually help. My sponsor and I have a good relationship. I don't call him everyday, but I know he is there for me and I know he sort of knows where I am and what's going on. (He reads my blog.) Anyone who reads my blog knows what is going on in my life and what my issues are. I wear my heart on my sleeve.

I really enjoyed sharing at the meeting last night. It's funny because I was in a room full of people I didn't know and their format is a bit different than what I am use to. But it was the same. I was there to hopefully shed some light on my addiction for a new comer that will hopefully make them want to come back, stay sober and want to go to another meeting. Sharing my experience, strength and hope is what it is about.

I leave today to return to Houston and I am actually looking forward to getting back to my routine. It has been an interesting experience returning to Syracuse clean and sober from drugs and alcohol for the first time in my life. Staying with my family has been an eye opener for me to see some of the issues I have had in the past and where I have learned them. I am Grateful that I feel stronger after this whole experience and I know that I am doing well. I'm not too well that I am cocky, but well enough that I know if I continue how I am going that I am going to be okay.

I am eternally Grateful for the freedom of my addictions.


  1. I'll be holding my breath until your return.
    Well, maybe not.

    Nice house.

  2. Hugely relate to this post... I remember those days when it was minute to minute and the Just For Today card or the serenity prayer looked like being overused surely. But like you now after some days that isn't the same, I don't often really think about drink - I know I'm an alcoholic and I remind myself about it regularly but thinking about drink is a rarer thing these days... still seems a miracle.

  3. Gary, I hope that you have a safe trip to Houston. It sounds as if this visit was a really good thing for all concerned. I realize how fortunate I am to have a program of recovery whereas most people don't.

  4. Hi Gary... Today is my one year AAniversary!! Clap for me!!! LOL