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Lost Years to Finding Blessings of Sobriety



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The Lost Years

Hi, my name is Jerry.
When I look back at my life, I regret losing years to alcohol and drugs. It was too many years! Toward the end, my life had become miserable.
Thankfully I caught myself and changed my ways. That was about 29 years ago. Today I’m sober and I’m happy.
It was in 1986 when I took my last drink. By then, I had already quit the cannabis, the cocaine, the hallucinogens, and occasional tab of methamphetamine. They all took their toll on me, but alcohol was the worst. Before I stopped drinking, my health was poor and I was depressed most of the time.

Blessings of Sobriety
But, I have to admit, staying sober has been good to me. In the beginning, it saved my life. Over time, it helped me regain my health, start a family, and become a modest success at what I do.
By quitting alcohol, I experienced a total transformation. Things got better. The process of recovery was gradual but overall my life kept moving in a positive direction.

Finding My Own Way
On numerous occasions in the early 1980s, I had tried AA and found it didn’t work for me. So I studied all the alternative methods for breaking addiction and put together my own program. This program, based on proven techniques for treatment and recovery, would prove to be highly successful. It worked not just for me but for most people. My research on this topic led to the writing and publication of my first book, titled How to Quit Drinking Without AA. This book, published in 1991, became a recovery bestseller and is still in print today.

I Remain Grateful
Through the years, I learned one thing for sure. Being sober has made me grateful. I’m grateful that I could regain my life and actually begin to see the beauty in the world around me. But I think I’m most grateful for my family. Through them, I have found so much love.

Jerry Dorsman
January, 2016

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