After many sobriety attempts from drug and alcohol addiction, my official recovery journey started December 26, 1993. I entered an addiction treatment center in my community that day to see if I could make this new lifestyle finally stick. And it did. I recently celebrated 25 years of clean and sober living! Praise God!
Early on in my recovery, I realized I had a lot of other stuff I needed to address—not material stuff, but emotional, spiritual, and psychological stuff. I was filled with anger and resentment, along with an unhealthy addiction to pornography, which was also getting in the way of living my life functionally.
I had been introduced to the secular 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) prior to this time. I only appeared at meetings to try and understand what 12-step work was all about. I wasn’t interested, and it didn’t stick. During my treatment stay, though, I was challenged with finding a sponsor before being released. I started attending meetings again, and after finding a sponsor, I really started working the 12 steps for the first time.
Steps 2 and 3 were a struggle for me spiritually. However, while…Continue Reading