I just realized that I hit my 20 21-year sobriety date a few months ago. 21 years! It’s hard to believe. My counselor, Jeff, would have even a harder time believing it. He told me at my one-year anniversary that he didn’t think i would ever make it to one year.
I got into drugs during my Freshman year in high school, got busted during the summer following my Sophomore year and went to drug rehab for 30 days in the hospital. As far as I know, I was the only one of my peers who made it out. I know that at least one is dead, but I didn’t keep up with the rest.
I’ve thought for some time that the reason why I made it when so many didn’t was because I never saw myself as a drug user. I always thought I was a person who used drugs, but I didn’t believe I was a “druggie.” Because of the training I received from my mom, I knew I was better than the way I was acting. That was key. My WHO was greater than my DO.
I hope this is a word of encouragement to all you parents out there. Make sure that your kids know exactly who they are and who they are not. Their behaviors may deviate for a time, but they will eventually align with how they see themselves.
* This article was originally named, “20,” but my wife pointed out to me that I have poor math skills. I actually hit 20 years LAST year! Kinda anti-climactic now.