First of all, it means the opportunity for a second chance at living a meaningful, productive life. When I was in active addiction I was not the person I should have been. I wasn’t the best father or husband I could have been. My priorities became very turned around. I grew up with addiction around me and one of my goals was to live a different life, to be a better father than what I had. But somewhere I strayed and didn’t live up to those goals. However, the story isn’t over and I plan to use this time to become a better man. My children and eventually grandchildren will know me as a healthy, sober person. The dishonesty and selfishness will be put to rest.
Recovery also means a chance to help others in their suffering. Addiction is such a lonely disease and people don’t recover on their own. I want to use the tools I’ve learned to help others. “We can’t keep what we have, unless we’re willing to give it away. ” That quote resonates with me and I want the chance to give it away!