September 2011: Keep the Change
From the September 2011 Grapevine Magazine
A transition from drunk to sober, unworthy to deserving, woman to man …
"I arrived, walking right into an environment that, in 21 years of sobriety, I have made it a point not to frequent—a bar."
So many sayings get burned into our memory in early recovery: “Easy Does It,” “First Things First,” and so on. We call upon these slogans in moments of trouble; they help us remember that we’re alcoholics who can’t drink safely, and remind us of the consequences if we try to.
Last night, I was reminded of a truism I’ve heard repeated over and over: “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.” Never has an expression meant so much.
The scene that played out began with me sitting in a bar, waiting for my colleague to arrive for our prearranged meeting. When we...
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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada