"Why do I want to stay sober? Because my 5 year old step daughter called me Dad for the first time the other day. Somehow I have earned that right in her head to be called Dad and I will not lose that right." - JW
"After enough trauma do to choices made while using drugs, even the most strong willed end up on their knees. This is not an observation to their lack of character or motivation but a statement to the extreme erosion that drugs play on decision making." - J
"Bother me with any questions or help you need. When I meet God I don't want to carry with me an ordinary life. I want my life to be extraordinary. To earn this I have to give more than I got. Bother me." - Dr. T.
- A true mentor tires seldom in caring and feels an obligation to give even when a demand is outside of their agreed upon responsibility with life.
"How I got sober was I showed up early, listened and asked questions. I surrounded myself with some very smart people. I found that a lot of what I learned from others before and after the meetings helped me be a better member inside the meetings." - Jeff
"I hereby give myself 100 percent permission to cast aside any and every negative thought or perception that I have picked up or generated and that prevents me from experiencing the beauty of life, myself, and other people. In this way I will fashion myself to get out of the way of my and others highest potential." - Todd
"Sobriety clears the mind and heart and brings a lot of new realizations about your life. What might have gone unnoticed while drinking now moves to the forefront. Anger may be justified because of a past transgression but remember, sometimes it is the not forgiving that keeps you stuck."
"When I earnestly ask a Power Greater than myself for help with my problem, he will assist me in sorting through and letting go of all the things that I have mistakenly allowed to cover up the astonishing beauty and peace of my own Self. Getting to my Real Self will save me from the obsession to escape my reality through chemicals or anything else." - T
"... But, it has become completely clear to me just who is pulling the threads that tempt. Just who is behind the tiny voice that eases the silken blindfold over my eyes, concealing the truth and commandeering my thoughts and actions into depravity. I have seen the dark specter in my dreams. Sickness is evil. The evil are sick. Evil has a throne in this world, and the disease of chemical dependency is one of its infective vehicles." Todd
"An act of obsessive compulsion, waking most mornings with a heavy sigh and a curse on my lips. The machinery of my drug-addled body relying solely on the good grace of my heart, the last vestige of hope in a hopeless cause, pumping lukewarm blood into cold steel corridors of self-loathing and fear. The stubborn fury of my intellect too scared to face a lifetime of pent up emotion, but bold enough to venture places no sane man would ever go. I was ambivalent to life." - Todd
"The willingness to silently forgive everything in a day, no matter how small the seeming slight and despite a convincing story behind a larger offense, is the greatest gift I can give myself and others. Sometimes it works right away, sometimes it takes repeated application. Contrary to what my mind says, this does not lead to gullibility or stupidity rather it leads to peacefulness and the freedom to truly choose, to act not react." - Todd