My favorite line in the book was “I’m lucky to be alive.”
Yeah. I’ve been sober 26 years now. October 28th, 1990 was when my coin dropped. I’d been messing around for about six years prior to that in the program. I just wasn’t ready, it took a couple more times to really get to a place where I feel, “That’s it, I’m done, I’m ready to do what I have to do to not go back this place again,” ya know?
You say in your book that until you did the 12 steps properly, you didn’t feel like you were going to be able to maintain your sobriety. What does that mean to you?
I’m not like a 12-step Nazi, but rain or shine, that’s gotta come first for me, because I just don’t want to go back to that place of being a slave to drugs and alcohol, I just can’t do it anymore. I look at it like I have two lives, one prior to sobriety and one after—you know, it’s like two different lives have happened.