A Long-Term Recovery PSA
|Art by Harrison Fisher digitized from my 1907 copy of A Dream of Fair Women|
"Why can't you have just one sip/bite/puff?"
Maybe I could today. And maybe I could again tomorrow. Then not again until next year. Then I'd think: Hey! I'm cured! I had just a few sips over the past couple of years! I'll just have a very small sip/bite/whatever. Wow! That tasted great and I really like this moderation thing!
And soon after, or maybe even a slow soon, like months later, I'd be back into it.
Thankfully this hasn't happened to me with drinking for almost 23 years, smoking for 18 years or bingeing on junk food for seven years and I intend to keep it that way. For me that means no experiments. No exceptions. It doesn't matter if it's a "special occasion," "just a toast" or "you'll hurt their feelings." Even a religious setting like a Seder or Communion doesn't change the above for me and countless others.
If this makes me a rigid freak I'm good with that.
"I know people who are in recovery and they handle it just fine."
No one knows what recovering people experience or struggle with in private! Alcoholism has a high recidivism rate. Let's work to lower that! Sobriety is a gift. By sharing these personal truths publicly I hope to help others cherish their path and not feel ashamed for not going astray.