A Memory of my Relapses
~by Charlie Vaughn
I was drinking REAL heavy and a friend of mine took me to â€œDry outâ€ in a Detox. I had never been to a detox ever and wondered about where he was taking me..Â 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.Â Turned and looked at him and said â€œI canâ€™t go hereâ€ when asked why not, I said all these people are street drunks.Â Is this ego or what, he looked at me and said â€œwhat do you think you areâ€Â 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.Â He told me the next step would probably be jail.Â I told him I have never been locked up before, he said â€ 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 memoriesâ€¦Â Thank you all for allowing me to share just two of my many relapses.Â Some people get the message the first try, I admire them, but I understand the poor SOB like me that keeps picking themselves upâ€¦SOBRIETY REALLY IS A HOOTâ€¦.
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