By the time a person has been sober six years, they have gotten pretty good at navigating the day-to-day demands of a life in recovery. In six years time they have also likely been through a major life event, or two, or three; a marriage or divorce, a death, a job change, a move, the loss of a friendship and the establishment of new ones. In fact, at six years, finding new experiences that relate directly to the acquisition of the skills necessary to stay sober, becomes rare. The skills are in place. Recovery is secure. All that is left is to remain diligent and willing to use those skills.
My writing here is an honest reflection of what it was like for me to recover from a profound addiction to crystal meth. I won’t minimize the process. It was difficult. It was painful.
It is also the most worthwhile thing I ever did. If you are new to recovery or if you are looking for experience and hope that recovery from crystal meth addiction is possible, I encourage you to read this blog from the beginning. I have no doubt that you will recognize something of yourself and of your own experience on these pages.
My life is very different now. I have what the book Alcoholics Anonymous refers to as “the promises.” I know new freedom and happiness. I don’t regret the past and I don’t feel the need to hide from it. I know what it is like to have my life work, without the intentional creation of chaos. My attitude about life and the way I see the world are very different from they were before my recovery. The things that hold my attention and that I wish to devote myself to are different, and it would be disingenuous for me to continue to try to force myself to write on something when I have had nothing new to contribute in such a long time. But I do want to take the opportunity to thank those of you who read and commented and encouraged me along the way. Writing made my recovery possible and your support gave me the strength to do it.
May God bless you and keep you.