Carol M. with 16 years of sobriety takes us through 30 years of drug abuse and alcoholism. Join us now as Carol shares her dramatic story of addiction from the same green recliner where she took last drink. It’s an inspirational and emotional journey into recovery. You don’t want to miss this episode. Join us now!
SHAIR – Sharing Helps Addicts in Recovery
Here are Carol’s SHAIR Podcast interview highlights and suggestions for the Newcomer:
Clean Date: November 21, 1998
Tell us about how your life is today. Your hobbies, what you do for a living. Take us into your normal daily routine, including recovery.
Carol: Okay. Every morning I begin the day with my coffee, prayer and meditation. I sit in a recliner that is next to my bed in my bedroom. It’s also the last chair that I took my last drink in. I have a girl that I sponsored for 12 years now and we do our daily devotionals together. This is something that my sponsor taught me and we it on a regular basis. Then I just start my day. I get ready, I go for a walk. I live out by the lake so I call my home a resort. It’s not a resort, but it’s on about two acres and the property is centered around a park. I take about a three and a half mile walk every morning and then I get ready for my day and go to work. I’m a financial officer. I worked at the University of Texas and I retired six years ago but I still have a part time. I work usually Monday through Thursday and I try to always take Fridays off.
I’m a firm believer in strong sponsorship and the gift that was so freely given to me by my sponsor. The quality of life that I have today is amazing and the importance of recovery in a woman’s life and a man’s life is to find that power greater than ourselves that can solve all our problems. So a lot of my daily life is centered around recovery and helping others. I work with a lot of women on a regular basis. I almost meet with someone every day. Sometimes I meet with two. Sometimes maybe even three women and I’ve been able to do that since I retired.
I’m married to a wonderful man. He is not an alcoholic. He is what I guess we refer to as a normal person. He lives this way of life naturally. He fully supports my sobriety. He does a lot of activities with me that are associated with recovery and we have a lot of activities that are outside of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.
What was keeping you from getting clean or staying clean when you first got introduced to recovery?
Carol: I couldn’t imagine living without alcohol. That thought just wasn’t there.
At what point did you have a spiritual awakening, that ‘aha’ moment in recovery when you accepted that you were powerless over drugs and alcohol, but for the first time had developed the hope that you could recover?
Carol: I was about nine months sober up to that point. I had a desire stronger to not drink than I did to drink, but I got to a turning point. I went to my car and I tried calling people. I finally got somebody on the phone and I heard the person on the other end of the phone say “stop” and all I could hear was “solicit the omnipotent power”. When that person said that word ‘stop’, that’s when I came up with the words ‘solicit the omnipotent power’ and I had that point in my life where I said “I have to rely on God. I cannot keep running on self will” and that was the turning point. My sobriety took off from there.
Do you have a favorite book you would recommend to a new comer that you read in early recovery?
What is the best suggestion you have ever received?
Carol: The best suggestion that I’ve ever received? Don’t take a drink no matter what. You never have to drink again. You don’t have to live that way again. That didn’t really register with me, but I did the five basic things that they told me to do every morning. That was the first beginning of me becoming disciplined. The five basic things are get up in the morning and ask God to help keep you sober. Read out of your daily devotionals. Go to a meeting. Talk to another alcoholic. When you put your head on the pillow at night, thank God for a day of sobriety.
If you could give a new comer only one suggestion, what would that be?
Suggestion’s for the Newcomer!
“ Find yourself in the big book, to identify your alcoholism and that you are an alcoholic and that you have a reason to stay.”
Of all the meetings you have attended anywhere in the world, which group is your favorite and where is that group located?
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