Some people can drink alcohol and others can not. Those who have crossed that invisible line will never be able to drink like a normal person. We have an allergy. A disease of the mind, body and soul. The obsession that only an addict / alcoholic knows. We were once spiritually empty and now we are full. Recovery is a beautiful thing.
I have a dear friend in my 12 step program who lost his son this week to an overdose. He lost his daughter 10 years ago to a motorcycle accident. Sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair. Why do some of us make it to recovery while others do not? There are so many people out in the world who do not know how great a sober and clean life can be.
My friend is not the first one I know to loose a child in this program. A few I know have lost children to this disease and another to murder. Brothers, Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Friends have all been lost,. Despite these heartbreaks losing a child has to be the toughest (though I can not be the judge of that). Amazingly, these friends of mine have been able to remain sober and lean on the fellowship, their higher power and the 12 steps to see them through. I have the upmost respect and awe for those who can remain sober and steady in the face of tragedy. I don’t know if I would have as much grace, I can only pray that I would.
We feel the pain of the death of another addict / alcoholic. We know the struggle, the pull, the obsession. We think of ourselves and but for the grace of God it could have been us, it could have been me.
We went over Step one and powerlessness at the meeting today. The deceased young mans best family friend was there (along with my friend, the Dad) She realizes now how close death can actually be if she does not get clean. It was heart wrenching. We or I must never forget how close death actually was and can be if I choose to go back to pills and alcohol. We, the alcoholic / addict are powerless over people, places and things. We must change everything in order to survive.
I am at a place in my life where I can be around alcohol and people who drink moderately. When friends and family get drunk and silly and stupid, well that is where my tolerance ends. I know for me what I can and can not handle with others and the drinking …. its all about the people, place and things. Some we can handle others we can not.
For my friend, I am really sad. His son had been to meetings at out club. My friend tried tirelessly to save his son from those demons. In the end though he had to save himself …. both my friend and his son.