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Reasons I Love Recovery – Part One

January 2019

Being an active member of the recovery community has one benefit, beyond the obvious (not dying, not being in a psych ward, or in prison); I am part of group of survivors.

We have survived a seemly impossible disease. Many will say the this disease “takes everything” good in life from us, but I believe that is too kind. I gave everything to be drunk. Some would call it semantics, but not me. I believe in taking ownership of my disease.

We who recover are a part of a community who have seen hell on earth and have come out on the other side to tell the tale. We are a part of something bigger than our own self. Better than.

And this is why so many of us are happy. For us, just to be on the right side of the grass, pumping air and happy, is like winning the lotto every day.

It’s the daily four lotto, not the big one, but you get the idea.

Begging God to help me get sober was the best thing that I ever did. All things good in my life are a result of that one minute.

I love my sober life.


  1. annastk76 says:

    Couldn’t agree more – that’s EXACTLY how I feel: winning every day.

  2. joliesattic says:

    I was thinking the scene above with your bike on the lawn would be totally different. Perhaps a dingy bar, a dank alleyway or … as you said.

  3. jeffw5382 says:

    Being a part of a group of similarly imperfect people that accept and love me because of the willingness that I admit that, and a plethora of examples to which I can aspire to emulate without pressure to achieve anything but a positive direction and progress…I f’g love recovery

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