Monday, July 4, 2022
Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Freedom and Sobriety
Thomas Jefferson put it this way: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” That adage inspires me. But I’ve changed it up a bit to fit with life in recovery. The way I frame it is, “With sobriety comes freedom, and with freedom comes responsibility.”
This means that you need to follow whatever your program is. You need to be honest and fess up to any mistakes you’ve made. And you need to live your life in a responsible way. If you do those things, you will be happy, joyous, and free. That’s what recovery costs, and it’s well worth the price.
Today I will be responsible in order to maintain the freedom I have in sobriety. — J. D., U.S. Army, 1985–1993/1998–2018