Learning to really live. I've been sober since 4/1/1996. I was 44 and if it was not for my physical health, not sure if I would have gotten into recovery. I knew I had a 'problem' but tried it 'my way' many times over the years. My ex took custody of my youngest child and I didn't care - I was so sick of her nagging and pleading. Weekends I was drinking a fifth of bourbon a day. During the week a few drinks every night. How could I be that bad if I didn't miss work, and had a house and car - is what I said to myself. Drinking bourbon every day for 10 years did a # on my liver and I also had GERD. My primary care doctor, whom I will be forever grateful to, with some trickery, got me to go to rehab. I doubt I would have gotten sober without that 28 days away in a remote area of NH and the 'work' I committed myself to in the ensuing months and years. 12 years later, I became a Recovery Coach & then a Recovery Coach supervisor for a long term treatment center in NH. I also worked as a field rep for the NSDUH/SAMSHA study. I continue to pay it forward with volunteer work here in WV with Life or Drugs.
Don't EVER take your sobriety for granted. I've seen folks 'go out' after years of being sober, sometimes decades, as they figured they were 'cured'. Nope - there is no cure and like diabetes/high blood pressure you need to be vigilent every day.