I was at that Friday meeting.
I had 50 something days sober at the time, and I had just come up out of a hopeless rabbit hole. I was on my way to relapse. My sponsor dragged me to that meeting and I was trying my damnedest not to give up. I don't know what it was—the energy of the meeting, the dynamic talk, the awesome surprise of having Chris there—but something in me shifted. I left that night with something I didn't have before I came in…I felt excited to be sober.
Getting the permission to “recover out loud” was liberating. Hearing other people talk about creative life outside of a booze & pot-fueled haze filled me with so much hope. I suddenly felt like life without alcohol could be ok. Instead of obsessing about all of the things I was leaving behind, I felt like there was something to run TOWARDS. You guys gave me a feeling to hold on to when I feel like drinking and drugging seem like a good idea. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for that.