The question in the Saturday morning meeting was this; how do you define sobriety? Most everyone in the room had an answer that differed because sobriety does mean something different to nearly every person in recovery. The answer varied mostly to the attendees length of time sober. Without any doubt, the newbies answers ring out more life to my ears. Us “older” to recovery often go deep, trying to hit the big one out of the park, sending the entire group reeling…but too often we don’t make it out of the infield.
Sobriety to me is change of purpose. Sobriety encompasses the total me, body, soul, and spirit. Sobriety is vision. In truth, all of these are unattainable without God’s help, those he places in our path to help us, or for us to help.
Sobriety’s meaning goes far beyond the definition in any dictionary. It isn’t just about not picking up a bottle or taking a drug, but I can throw those ideas in its definition too. I like to say that living sober is a loss of my insisting ego that I need to be first. It is these descriptions, and my desire to conform to Christ’s image that makes the definition complete. Well, there is one other add-on. That is being like that new person, keeping sobriety’s benefits fresh in my thoughts and being grateful each day.
How would you define sobriety?
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