By Mary Ellen Merrick, IHM, D. Min., MAC
Executive Director, Guest House Women’s Treatment Program
My community has a publication that we make available several times a year and it usually has articles centering on a theme. A few issues back, the theme was “Celebrate” and I was asked to write an article about celebrating sobriety. I took the letters of the word SOBRIETY and said the following about each letter.
S – for many people sobriety is a SECOND chance to fulfill a covenant between a God who loves unconditionally and a humanchild who comes to understand that truth in a deeper way.
O – for the OPPORTUNITIES to be a genuine service to other people who are also in need of understanding and compassion.
B – for the ability to understand what BALANCE means in the daily living out of one’s life. It includes leisure and prayer.
R – for the desire to be in RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with oneself, others and the God of my understanding. This may necessitate learning skills that will enhance communication.
I – for the effort to become a person of INTEGRITY. Does the inside match the outside when I am alone and when I am with others? Who gives me feedback about myself?
E – for the EFFORT that is the foundational in order to do the daily work of remaining sober.
T – for the TRUST that is needed to sustain a program of recovery.
Y – for the YES to believe in the possibility of continuing sobriety and to accept it as a gift.