A Memory of my Relapses ~by Charlie Vaughn

Charlie Vaughn

Charlie Vaughn



A Memory of my Relapses

~by Charlie Vaughn

I was drinking REAL heavy and a friend of mine took me to “Dry out” in a Detox. I had never been to a detox ever and wondered about where he was taking me..  We pulled up in front of this old school house, and I thought oh boy.

When we went inside in the gym were cots set up everywhere.  Turned and looked at him and said “I can’t go here” when asked why not, I said all these people are street drunks.  Is this ego or what, he looked at me and said “what do you think you are”  I stayed 5 days got out and drank the same day..

Another time this same friend took me to the psych ward and told me this is where I belonged because I was pure nuts.  He told me the next step would probably be jail.  I told him I have never been locked up before, he said ” you are now can you just walk thru the locked door.

I needed both of these to be where I am today.. If I had gone to a detox or treatment where they make your bed and place a mint on my pillow each morning, I would not have what I now think of as fond memories…  Thank you all for allowing me to share just two of my many relapses.  Some people get the message the first try, I admire them, but I understand the poor SOB like me that keeps picking themselves up…SOBRIETY REALLY IS A HOOT….

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2 thoughts on “A Memory of my Relapses ~by Charlie Vaughn

  1. Joe

    Dear Akua,

    Your story is not untypical. Just keep going back to the 12 Step programs and you will make it. Use your sponsor a lot. Call him everyday in the beginning, the first several months. Talk with him about the steps.

    You’ll be glad you did 🙂

    Best, Joe

  2. Akua

    I understand this story completely. I have been to 3 rehabs and still continue to drink. I go to AA and I have a sponsor. I can get some clean time and then just seem to have to have a drink and it of course ruins eveything. I guess i am one of the lost ones.

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