Keith Campbell joins us on The SHAIR Podcast today. Keith has a thriving Facebook Group called Sober and Serious with over 3,700 active members. This is a group for people who are Serious about their recovery and striving to be a better people every day!
Clean Date: March 5th of 2015
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Omar: Let’s talk a little bit about what your daily routine looks like and include your recovery routine.
Keith: I usually wake in the morning and I do a little meditation and prayer, and then take a shower, get ready, go to work. Usually when I get home from work, then I head off to a meeting usually if I have time. After that, usually some fellowship with the people in the meeting, and life is good. Try to help people. I got some guys that I sponsor, and when they’re willing, I’ll meet up with them and take then through the book too.
Omar: Now, you say pray and meditate in the mornings, so how do you maintain your spiritual condition your conscious contact with a higher power on a regular basis, either daily basis or weekly basis?
Keith: I do a lot of praying mostly for other people, but the Serenity Prayer I use. I go to church. I thank God a lot of the times for everything in my day-to-day routine and everything he’s gotten me through, and I just continue to try to grow in my faith. Those 2 things I try to do, is grow in my faith and grow as a person in my recovery.
Omar: How much clean time do you have and when is your anniversary date?
Keith: I’ve been clean since March 5th of 2015, so I have over 16
Omar: Tell us, Keith, how old you were the first time you drank or used drugs or more importantly how did they make you feel?
Keith: I was pretty young, 12 or 14, when I first drank. I don’t know, made me feel, I guess, happy.
Omar: What was keeping you from getting clean or staying clean when you first got introduced to recovery?
Keith: When I first got introduced to recovery I just wasn’t following the suggestions in the program. I thought I could do it on my own. That’s what kept me from staying clean before. I didn’t go to meetings except for when, to get my sheet signed for court, but when I started going to these meetings for myself, that’s when it all changed. I was there with an open mind to grow and learn, do whatever it takes, and if that means following these people’s suggestions, then that’s what I was going to do. That’s helped me tremendously.
Omar: At one 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 a hope that you could recover?
Keith: I would say that was when I was in inpatient treatment that I willingly went into. It just hit me. I knew it. I knew I had a different life. I knew that God had a plan for me and that it was to help other people. Now that I have gotten to that moment, and it’s strange to say that it was before I worked my 12 Steps, but I just knew it then. The 12 Steps just helped me learn myself better, learn how to do it.
Omar: Do you have a favorite book that you would recommend to a newcomer, that you read in early recovery?
Keith: I don’t know if I have a favorite book. I have a lot of books I like. I have this book called Jesus is Calling, and it’s just a daily reflection type book. That one, whenever I’m in a rough spot, it just seems to hit home, and I feel great after I read that book.
Omar: Jesus is Calling.
Omar: Who’s the author?
Keith: It’s called Jesus Calling, and Sarah Young is the author.
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence – Sarah Young
Keith: Devotions for Every Day of the Year.
Omar: Beautiful. A brand new book. We haven’t heard of that one, so I always like to add books to the arsenal here.
Omar: What is the best suggestion you have ever received?
Keith: Best suggestion I have ever received was to remain teachable, to realize that we’re never going to know it all, and when we think we do know it all is when we’re in trouble.
Omar: That’s for sure, man. That humility, keeping that humility is the key. Honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness, and I like to throw in there, humility.
Omar: If you could give our newcomers only 1 suggestion, what would it be?
Keith: I would say chase recovery like you chased your high or your drunk.
SUGGESTIONS FOR THE NEWCOMER
“…chase recovery like you chased your high or your drunk.”
Omar: Absolutely. If you put as much energy into your recovery as you did into copping dope every day, then your life’s going to be amazing.
Thanks again for your SHAIR, Keith!
See you then!
Disclaimer – The opinions shared on this show reflect those of the individual speaker and not of any 12 step fellowship as a whole and though we discuss 12 step recovery and the impact it has had in our lives we do not promote or endorse any 12 step anonymous program.