Published March 2011.

Step One on Repeat

On her one-year anniversary, a member recalls the fear and excitement of early sobriety

I woke up this morning and my first thought of the day was ... I am one year sober today.

A year ago today—right at this very moment—I was slamming down some wine while getting ready to head to the hospital. My faithful sisters, Tiffany and Vicki were by my side. I was excited, confused, and most of all scared to death. I didn't have complete faith that I would be able to overcome this addiction. I didn't understand how being in a hospital for a short period of time was going to undo what I had done to myself over the past five years. When I said goodbye to Tiff and Vicki and...

-- Barbara