posted on May, 16 2011 @ 06:22 PM
Originally posted by IndieA
5 years ago today I entered detox, for alcohol dependency, for the third and final time. After detox I spent 30 days in rehab. After rehab I spent 3
years in AA. Today I am happy, healthy, and glad to have gotten another chance at life.
Congrats. I just went over 4 years sober after 25 years of abusing alcohol. No rehab but some AA definately made me realize what I had become. Of
all the stupid things I ever did drunk it was what some would consider a silly thing that finally made me stop. I was playing in a hockey tournament
in Germany. After years of playing hockey I was over 40 years old at the time and didn't much care for chasing young guys around and the
competitveness of it anymore. I was just playing to travel and party. The night previous to this tournament I partied waaaaay too long.
So next day I came out on the ice for the first game of this three day long tournament still plastered and not knowing which net my team was shooting
at and what do i do when i see a puck coming my way? I fire the puck on my own goalie. It was a great shot and my goalie made a great save and the
play was dead. My team was hopping mad, I was totally embarrassed, and the other team and refs didn't know what to make of any of it.
I never drank again after that game. And after that week, I stopped playing any kind of competitive hockey forever, went to AA, and haven't even
come close to drinking since. Went I returned home after that tournament my wife just gave me the "suuuure you won't" words when I said I was not
going to drink anymore. But she happily ate those words after a few months/years.
I really don't know why it took a silly incident like that to make me stop. Some have called it an epiphany. I had done a hell of a lot worse when
drunk that's for sure. But it doesn't matter...it's all in the past now. Life is good.