I was reading one of those day by day books they use as tools in recovery. It is just one of the many habits or rituals I have in the mornings.
Today it said, â€œTime in recovery doesnâ€™t matter. We are all just one drink away from being drunk.â€
I disagree with this.
Yes, itâ€™s the first drink I stay away from just like any sober alcoholic does, but 29 years in recovery is very different from 29 days in it.
Iâ€™m not saying better – Iâ€™m saying different. And that difference matters.
It is not my intent to sound cocky here. I know people who have gone out drinking after achieving long term sobriety and I do not want to be one of them.
Sobriety is my normal. That comfort, awareness and normality came to me over time with practice. A person in early recovery needs to create a “new normal” and no matter what the books say, that takes time.
One day at a time.