Step One

When I was at Hazelden, each morning the unit rose at 6:30AM, gathered together and read passages from the Hazelden Twenty Four Hours A Day Book. (There’s even an Iphone app for it!).

Every morning, we read the passage from January 6th. I call this the “daily look in the mirror” passage, and for me it’s so important that I say this every day.

Keeping sober is the most important thing in my life. The most important decision I ever made was my decision to give up drinking. I am convinced that my whole life depends on not taking that first drink. Nothing in the world is as important to me as my own sobriety. Everything I have, my whole life, depends on that one thing. Can I afford ever to forget this, even for one minute?

The answer is and should always be, No!

I know that everything good in my life will flow from my sobriety: my family life, my career, my health, my finances, my friendships, everything. That’s why being sober is the most important thing in my life. But I have to remind myself of this every day, because if I don’t, I will be one step closer to having that first drink.

One day at a time…


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