Yesterday my friend Susan sent me her AA coin for 13 years of continuous sobriety as a gift on my belly-button birthday today. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am. While ageing is something that happens whether you work at it or not, each year of sobriety is indicative of growth, commitment and grace at work. Congratulations Susan and thank you for the encouragement!
Susan is one of my closest blogging friends and a brilliant mental health advocacy writer. Through her blog If you’re going through hell keep going I have become aware of many issues around Big Pharma and the struggles of those with mood disorders to get effective treatment and find skilled and compassionate counsellors and, well, to keep going.
In the relatively brief time since I became sober I have met recovering alcoholics who have had to deal with schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorders, phobias and crippling clinical depression. They are some of the bravest and most gifted people I know and put my own struggles in recovery into perspective. Recovery is possible for all of us, if we are willing. Nobody is excluded, nobody need suffer alone without hope.
“There are those too who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.”