By: Tim Myers |
Yes it takes the 12 steps to get and stay sober but..
It’s actually much simpler then that. Getting sober and staying sober is as easy as 1,2,3.
Step one, ask for help.
You don’t get anything unless you ask for it. There is a reason since 250 A.D. Santa has been asking little kids to fill out a list. YOU NEED TO ASK FOR IT! That way we know you really want it. Just say it, scream it, type it or draw it. I need help. Listen, this world can be a pretty crappy place, but it is also a world that will bend over backwards when an alcoholic or drug addict asks for help. Strangers, kids, old people, cops, everyone seems to lend a hand when ever anyone reaches out for help with their substance abuse problem. Hell, you don’t even have to be sober to ask for help. I’ve asked for help nine times and each time I was stone cold blasted!
Step two, accept help.
You asked for it, now you gotta take it. This seems to be the hardest part for the alcoholic. It shouldn’t be. Many people have come together for you! They’ve put their lives on hold for you. Now take what in many cases is being freely given and change your life. The worst thing I ever did, was waited two weeks to go away to treatment. I made excuse after excuse. I need to get my affairs in order. I’m gonna let you know a secret. Ready? This is a long-held secret of addicts and alcoholics and I’m gonna blow the lid off right now…
Drug addicts do not have affairs to get in order. The only thing a drug addict and alcoholic wants to do before they go to treatment is drink and do drugs. Don’t go back to your apartment, don’t say goodbye to your boys from Jersey. Please, please, please don’t tell me that you can hang with your “Boys” because they won’t let you drink before you go to rehab. That makes me mad. I don’t care who they are if your boys are not in recovery, they’re gonna let you drink. I’ve seen it a hundred times. Only an alcoholic understands another alcoholic. Do not wait my friends, accept help now!
Step three, shut up.
The third step is easy and it’s my favorite, shut up and do what other people tell you to do. Shut Up. No one wants to hear your opinions on the 12 steps or on what is best for your life right now. You’ve got about 1 minute sober and everyone with one minute sober thinks they have it figured out. They don’t. For well over 7o years people have been getting and staying sober and they did it a certain way. Not your way. I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong. I suffered an alcoholic lifestyle for over a decade until I let a man who had several years sober run my life. You are a drug addict, your ideas land you in jail or in rehab. Stop running the show!
Ask for help, Accept Help, Shut up.
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