Former resident of Metairie, LA for my life. Relocated in 2004 to North Carolina for business purposes. Thanks to Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, was…
Living in Cheraw, SC
Tragic that people of any age have to die in pain when there is something out there to remove it and provide a bit of comfort. When a terminally ill person - be it a child or adult - are on their way out of this world, the last thing anyone has to worry about is 'addiction'. How about just being pain free with dignity and quality of live????
Sobriety depends on how badly you really want to be sober and remain in recovery. I have been sober since July 4, 1986, after a 3-day Detox program at DePaul's Hospital Addiction Unit. At discharge from the facility, I was taken home by my alcoholic husband to the Port Sulphur, LA area, but he had to stop 2 places for beer. I was livid to put it mildly. When I got home, I put on my kitchen mitts and poured out every single bottle of Vodka in the house. That week I went to my first AA Meeting in Buras, LA at a Catholic Church. I was actually afraid to go in, but I sat in the car and just prayed for 'someone' to give me the courage I needed to do this properly. I looked on the left side of my car and saw the Mississippi River, the right side had a Catholic Cemetery and I knew if I did not get in that 'special room' and get going in recovery, I could possibly end up in the river or cemetery. Two years later I had the guts to leave the Port Sulphur area, return to my family home in Metairie and get the greatest job I have ever had in my life with 2 Addictionologists, both in recovery. They were my primary examples. I continued to attend AA Meetings on a regular basis, went with one of the doctors I worked for to Rehab facilities and saw people coming in for their first shot at sobriety. I learned the meaning of my Higher Power, which I call God, have been able to pray to him constantly and know he is looking out for me. I never fail to Thank Him for all he has done for me in the past 28 years. He is my true gift from heaven.
Dogs are so special in the lives of others. From the smiles you get from nursing home residents to hospital residents, it just fills your life with great joy. Special Service Dogs who have been Certified are helping so many of our troops returning from war who have been diagnosed with such problems as Post Traumatic Brain Disorders from their contacts fighting for this country. Dogs are also great for children with disabilities and can be of great comfort to them.
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