Yesterday I had the honor of celebrating a good friend’s first year of sobriety. Perhaps one of the most rewarding parts of recovery is watching another person change from a fearful and defeated individual at the beginning to an person full of life and energy, smiling and confident. Witnessing their lives and attitudes change as they demonstrate the tenets of recovery is inescapable proof that freedom from addiction is possible. I can’t see it in myself. In my mind, I’m the same person I was almost two and half years ago. I can’t recall the way I looked or behaved at the very beginning of my journey. I suspect I looked pretty bad and had a fairly negative attitude. I can’t remember. But I got to witness it happen in another person, from beginning to present day. What a blessing!

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