I have to admit over the years I have become quite the pack rat. With my move to a new home, I vowed to change. Thus far, I have done quite well. But there is a reason I tend to keep everything, “‘Cus one day you may need it?” **chuckles** Well, it’s paid off in a major way. I have now recovered my written journals at the beginning of my sobriety.
I keep saying “it’s my last journal entry”, so I admit I am wrong. The first entry in my written journal for Dec 1st is eight (on a sheet o“f 6in x 9in) notepad paper. As I look at the 2 notepads and another 8 x 11in notepad, I apparently kept journaling until almost the end of September 2008. There is a lot to go over.
While I would love to record them all here, I’m not sure if I have the time. Then again, I may get inspired and do it anyway. I haven’t made that decision.
Here is a timeline of my early years in sobriety:
- December 2007 – 4 days spent in detox & another 24 days spent in an inpatient treatment program
- January 2008 through March 2008 – lived at a Halfway House program
- March 2008 through January 2009 – lived in a Supportive Living program
- February 2009 through August 2012 – lived in Shelter Plus Care program
- September 2012 – graduated from program and began living on my own
I was in “treatment” for an extended period of time because honestly I didn’t trust myself. Fortunately, I was provided with a structured environment which provided opportunities which more responsibility was put on me the longer I was sober. It all paid off in so many ways.
So here we are ten years later, still sober!