I became friends with a guy on Facebook not too long ago and in the matter of a few seconds he sort of dismissed me, explaining that his substance was cocaine and mine was alcohol. End of story, so he thought.
End of story? Not really. I sent him this personal message:
"Alcohol is my poison, my prison. A brick wall, a trap door, a cancer, a bad joke, an empty bottle, an excuse, a leaky faucet, a loan shark, a broken promise, a cracked mirror, an earthquake, an avalanche, a train wreck, a recurring nightmare. Alcohol is my insanity."
Then I asked him: "Was Cocaine your poison, your prison? A brick wall, a trap door, a cancer, a bad joke, an empty bottle, an excuse, a leaky faucet, a loan shark, a broken promise, a cracked mirror, an earthquake, an avalanche, a train wreck, a recurring nightmare? Was Cocaine your insanity?"
Our differing addictions, mine to a legal substance, his to an illegal one, led us, in short order, to identify with each other. Where we once had different drugs of choice, we now had unity of purpose in our pursuit of Recovery. Our goals in Recovery were parallel. Those parallel lines formed a road. That road is the Road of Recovery. We could and did help each other. Our days of arguing apples and oranges were over before they started. Our common purpose in maintaining and sustaining our Recovery united us. The common thread in the fabric of our lives sustains us. I and he became we in a moment which continues.
I, you, he, she, it, we, you and they are United in Recovery. Our differences of personality are secondary to our common humanity. Helping one helps each and all. A sane and sober world is created, recreated, sustained.
Whatever Our Differences, We Stand United in Recovery!
I did not drink today. You did not drug today. Our drugs of choice are gone. A sane, sober and responsible future stretches before us. Alcohol is a Drug / Cocaine is a Drug: BINGO! In Recovery UNITED!
"Nothing matters more than that we remain sober because when we remain sober everything matters more."
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