By Barbara Nicholson Brown


There is always something new to discover about staying on the recovery road. On this journey, the goal is not to get from point A to point B in a short amount of time, it is about taking life a day at a time.

Sobriety can be overwhelming and frightening at times, especially when we’re new. I was told to fasten my seat belt — to get ready for a wild ride. When I heard that it scared me, and I thought, what am I in for?

Curiosity about how this sober way of living worked puzzled me too. Everyone I met in recovery suggested I become teachable, humble, accountable and willing to learn a new way of living.

If I truly wanted a better way of life without substances of any kind, I needed to be willing to change, and learn how to listen.

We are all “works in progress” on this road — I’m grateful my Higher Power saw a reason to keep me alive. I have my health, friends, family, and colleagues that mean the world to me. Thank you for trudging this amazing, sometimes scary road with me.

Recovery is for everyone. Share your experience hope and strength with our readers. If you are interested in being a guest writer email me at [email protected]