Name: Miri Roberts
Sober Since: 09 / 22 / 2008
Sober For: 13 Years & 1 Days
What it was like?
My life before sobriety was basically the typical sick cycle of being drunk every single day, getting DUI's, feeling hungover everyday, pitiful incomprehensible demoralization, and dreaming of a normal life, but not understanding how to get there. I didn't understand that I was an alcoholic and just assumed I was a bad person. I had a low self esteem and thought I wasn't worthy of being anyone's wife, mother, employee, or friend. I wanted so badly to change, but didn't know where to start. I wanted to fix everything that was wrong with me in one single day and eventually went right back to the way things were.
I hit rock bottom after my sister died on her 34th birthday. I was in so much pain and misery that I decided to just be drunk all day long. My drinking was out of control and I was drinking and driving without a license every single day. I knew to the core of my being that I was about to get a third DUI and the though occurred to me, "if I never ever drank again, I would never get another DUI. I would probably never get in trouble ever again because the only time I was in trouble was when I was drunk". I started to pray for God's help and he must have sensed my sincere need because he helped me almost immediately. I finally got the courage to call the central office help line and they hooked me up with the girl who became my first sponsor. Her and I went to a meeting together and eventually started working the steps together every week. I relapsed 10 days in, but waking up hungover after attempting to change my life, really hurt. I was finally desperate enough to really accept that I was an alcoholic and began to throw myself into AA like my life depended on it. I went to a meeting every single day and sometimes even three times per day. I made friends, went to AA dances, and was committed to my program and the steps.
What it is like now?
I have been sober for 9 years and my life is better than I could have ever imagined. I have a great job as a property manager and a Colorado real estate license. I am married to the love of my life, have a six year old son, and together we have a life beyond my wildest dreams. I owe everything to God, AA, all of the people who helped me get sober, and the amazing friends I have made along the way. I feel truly blessed! If anyone is wondering whether or not sobriety is worth it, it is and so are you!