Today I have been sober for 27 months, or 792 days.
This makes me happy!
It makes Mr. UnTipsy happy, too!
Last night I was reminded of how many people have been affected by addiction.
I volunteered to help at a training session for people who want to learn about opioid addiction and how to administer a life-saving drug to help someone who has overdosed.
(You can read about it here.)
There were 16 people, and they ranged from college age to seniors.
There were nurses, students, moms, friends, and even one man who heard about this foundation on television and just came.
Every one in that room was addicted to something themselves, or had family or friends who had addictions.
One of the volunteers spoke about her son who died of a heroin overdose.She told of the pain of trying to get first responders to carry Naloxone, the drug that can help someone survive an overdose.
Another lady cried at the end of the session, and what she shared was deeply moving.
This was the first time she could talk about her husband, who died of an overdose, because of the stigma around drug addiction.
She cried because she didn't know what to say to her 8 year old child about his dad's death.
I am being awakened to the wide ranging problem of addiction of all of its forms.
It is an eye-opener for me.
We as a nation struggle with addiction and yet the stigma and shame around it abounds.
It makes me sad.
I share my story as an alcoholic with people as I am not ashamed, but I sometimes try to be "funny" when I tell my story to make people more comfortable.
I rarely use the word alcoholic in general public, and say I have stopped drinking, or that I was drinking too much.
I hope and pray that one day we can really help people recover.
Not shame them, jail them, deny them housing, but to really put money forth to find solutions.
I am so happy I no longer drink.
I have peace of mind every day I wake up.
I have peace of mind every night I lay down.
With Much Love,
On Day 792,