The April Fools Day I shall Never Forget
Hi Barry Here
On April fools day 2004 I woke up at 8am, I got up and sat at the desk next to my bed.
There were 2 bottles of wine sitting there, I stared at them and said I will not drink them today.
At exactly 0815am I started to open the first bottle and began to drink. I got drunk, passed out and awoke on April 2nd 2004.
I made a solemn promise to my self that day, that and alcohol would part company, I had been drinking alcoholically for 26 years. I had lost everything except what was left of my career in the Royal Navy.
I was 40 years old. I wrote these 3 words on a word document and printed it out and stuck it to my wall, it said KEEP YOUR PROMISE.
Today, thanks to alcoholics anonymous and the 12 step program I celebrate 15 years of continuous sobriety, it's the hardest thing I have ever done but the rewards are beyond price and words
The secret to sobriety and life I think is to live in the present moment and I only ever gave up drinking for each day and did not swear of for life. One day at a time is the only way to tackle anything.
But the real truth is that although I gave up drinking, what I really did was more than that, you see instead of just giving up drinking, what I really did was gave up the guy that drank
I changed me.
The thought of a drink never even enters my head anymore, I am the sober version of me, I dealt with the root cause of the problem and not the symptom, dealing with symptoms does not work but dealing with the root cause always does
15 YEARS SOBER TODAY
Wishing you all much success