I remember…my first love, it was a late night of fun with friends and we had just got to a party. I felt light, at peace, a relaxation I had never felt before and a tingle that went from the tip of my toes to the top of my head…it was the first time I drank liquor. The high I got from the liquor made me think…wow, I could do this forever. My 12 year old mind could not even begin to fathom what a life filled with this new found love would do…it was going to build mountains that I would have to climb up, oceans so deep I would feel like I was drowning, I would want to hide but would have no place to go and eventually bring me to my knees out of desperation. At 12 I only wanted to stay with the cool crowd, experience what others were doing and once I started, I felt as if I could not stop.
At the ripe age of 12 I was sneaking out at night to hang out with friends whose parents didn’t give a crap what they did because well, they were cool with other kids so why not give them liquor and cigarettes? I was only 12…now, I have children of my own and I look at them and think please do not go down my same path! As a child I thought the feeling I got from liquor was true love, it helped me do things I wouldn’t normally do and I felt invincible.
Looking back, I see I was in love with the feeling liquor gave me. Liquor was my first love but with any first love there is a breakup. The breakup was so painful and as I came out of the fog of drying out…I saw the destruction that first love did. When I was drinking I did not see the friends that didn’t call anymore, the sports teams that I didn’t try out for, bad grades, broken trust between siblings and parents. My first love slowly destroyed my childhood, at first, I did it because of the “fun” I was having and then then I did it to numb the pain from the things that were happening when I drank. The cycle of alcoholism became so crazy at my young age my parents moved me. I guess they never read that the geographical change never works, nothing changes if nothing changes…I wasn’t changed only the area in which I lived did. I did dry out enough for high school because I found my second love which was a sport. I stayed clean just so I could play a sport I loved so much. I would stay clean all the way up until I got to college earning a scholarship to play sports. As college went on my past, my first love crept back into my life and I thought I could handle it. This would lead to many more issues throughout college and eventually end college sports for me. That first love came back and I buckled…went hook, line and sinker into the hole again. So many more things would happen until I would finally fight my way back to this life. I don’t wish to change my path or shut the door on it but to show that even someone fighting from age 12 to 28 to make it back can do it.
I eventually found my way into the rooms of AA and found what I call “my people” and by that I mean those who understand how I tick and what makes me want to drink. I have a sponsor, meetings and a recovery program that I will work daily for the rest of my life. I still have bad days but I always know what I can do now to fight those days and keep them at bay. My first love almost killed me but I found another love that was more powerful, meaningful, loving and worth living for… a God who loves and cares for me, my husband, children and family. My brain may always want that “first love” but my heart will always want the new things I found in life to love!
Written by MyRecovery Blogger: @Peace