Another soul lost all too soon. I just got word that someone I sat with, someone I held hands with, someone I’ve prayed the Serenity Prayer with time and time again relapsed…and didn’t live to try sobriety another day. Ugh…this hurts my heart and the pit in my stomach is overwhelming. Do I cry for the life lost? Do I blame the alcohol? Do I cuss at her for not calling me before picking up that drink? Probably all of the above but most of all I just hate the disease itself. She was 7 months sober…she was almost there.
People have asked me, why two years? Why did you wait two years to tell people you were in recovery? Isn’t one year something to celebrate? Let me explain. In my experience, for a true alcoholic being sober one day is amazing; 30 days, astounding; every single day in that first year is something to be celebrated but everyday in that first year you are simply focused on nothing more then staying sober each and every single day. Yes I was sober that first year, but I wasn’t actually living that first year. I was making it day by day learning to live again; sort of like a rebirth if you will. I did not know how to function on a daily basis without alcohol in my system. Imagine trying to function without air – a little drastic? Nope not really, because alcohol was as much a lifeline for me as air was. Actually I think I survived many days on the air I was breathing and alcohol alone. One day at a time is not just a saying – it is a way of life for an alcoholic/addict. Every single morning in that first year I woke up and said out loud “I will not drink today!” and I probably repeated that to myself hundreds of more times throughout the day as a constant reminder when life started to happen. Handling life sober was so much harder then it was when I was drinking. My sponsor always told me – good news is when you are sober you start to have feelings bad news is you start to have feelings.
Dealing with your emotions and feelings when you are sober is so damn hard! You guys, I preach about natural health and “an oil for this and an oil for that” because I had no choice but to learn to live a chemical free life! I am not better then you because I now choose to live naturally – I am just an addict trying to stay sober. What I could not do is go to another doctor and ask him for anymore prescription drugs to help with my depression, help with my anxiety, help with my every ache and pain or help with my inability to sleep because guess what?! I’d end up addicted to those as well and was getting real close. I was on a total of 12 different drugs just for these issues alone and still felt like shit everyday in that first year. I took those pills out of habit – even when I wasn’t having anxiety or pains! I had to find another option and thankfully I did so with my essential oils! I learned to live again, I learned to live naturally, I learned to live healthy (with the exception of pizza and cupcakes every once in a while). So I might be deemed the “crazy oil lady” but this crazy oil lady came out of the wrath of hell to learn to live in the best possible way for my boys and myself. So when I preach oils it is because I now know a thing or two about how to make them work and my guess is that most of you aren’t on the doorstep of death looking for a way out!
I hate, hate, hate that another person who was trying to gain her sobriety was sucked back in by this terrible disease. I’m truly heartbroken for her and the family she has left behind. Addiction is a disease – not a free choice! 80% of individuals relapse in the first year of sobriety, after two years the relapse rate drops to 40% and after five years it drops to 7%.
“Everyday is a struggle, but each day is worth the fight” and to all you out there trying to stay sober, keep fighting one day at a time!