Smooth Sailing – Appreciate each day of sobriety
The transit pulled into the station this morning and two young men entered. Both men were a bit tattered. It is the look of the active addict and I had seen my son look far worse back in his “actively using days”.
Their topic of discussion was Suboxone and how they were “mis”-managing their doses. Naturally I tuned in to their conversation. The F’ bomb flavored conversation continued on to target judges in the local court.
Sadly I knew all the judge’s names as my son had been before many of them. The young mens’ morning chat twisted onto the topic of recovery homes and other rehab stops. Again I could vividly remember many of the sober homes etc. as my son had done a few years through the courtroom and rehab circuit.
Many of the morning commuters around me looked at these two young men with disdain. The word Junkie seemed to dance on their lips. I guess being the parent of and addict I show a bit more empathy. Either young man could have easily been my son.
This morning my son got out of bed (On his own for the record and for those with active addicts we can all appreciate that simple fact) got dressed and went to his job. He commuted, there was no talk of warrants. He commuted to a recovery job. Humbling perhaps but a job he found own his own. Today is a good day. I am happy for him that he is managing his disease.
My son, not too long ago, was discussing ” warrants, rehabs, and tough judges”. Life can change … for the better.
We must learn to simply enjoy the smooth sailing when it comes our way and for the times we have it in our lives. Take time to appreciate each day of their sobriety.
Peace and strength.
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