Hello; my name is Andy and I am an alcoholic in recovery.
On the 15th May 2012, I finally accepted the truth which had been obvious to family, friends and colleagues for a long time – that I was powerless over alcohol and that my life had become unmanageable.
Following a four-week stint in rehab. and an introduction to the first four Steps, I came to realise that I was most definitely not alone in terms of both my condition and my confusion. Through the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, regularly attending meetings, making new friends and seeking to develop a practical understanding of the 12-Step Programme of Recovery, I saw that “we” were powerless over alcohol, and that “our” lives had become unmanageable.
Due to the stigma attached to the stereotypical, general public perception of the words ‘alcoholic’ and ‘alcoholism’, I am forced to try and maintain a semblance of anonymity, especially as many people I meet in the course of my professional life have no idea of my alcoholic background. I guess what I am just trying to emphasise is that I am just a regular guy who continues to find life pretty difficult to cope with. Thanks to AA, I now no longer need to drink alcohol to change the way I feel about life, and to try to block it out by avoiding issues which need to be addressed.
I’m a recovering alcoholic; just another alcoholic sharing another recovery; staying sober one day at a time. If anything I write here helps just one person, then it will not have been in vain.