Today marks the tenth anniversary of my sobriety. It's still a bit surreal to me. My sponsor gave me my coin on Wednesday night. It felt so good to see the pleasure on her face as she handed it to me and hugged me.
The hard work paid off, and by the grace of God I'm a first timer. I make sure I tell people that when I share in meetings, not because I'm so fantastic, but because people who are new need to see that it IS possible to do this without relapsing. After his infamous relapse David Hasselhoff was quoted as saying that relapse was a part of recovery. He's wrong. Relapse isn't a part of recovery, it's a part of the disease. If you do the hard work you will stay sober. No one said it would be easy. But it's better than what you left behind, that's for sure. Sometimes it can seem harder to be sober, because it feels like you have more problems. You don't; it just seems that way because now you have to actually face life and deal with it, rather than medicating yourself and escaping.
There is no other feeling like this on earth. I am thankful. I am blessed.