Robert A.

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A little over ten years ago I got real, real sick. And my body just couldn’t take it anymore.

I thought the true alcoholic or something like that was that poor soul who was standing on the corner with a cardboard sign. Robert

The alcohol wouldn’t fix it anymore. So I got admitted to North Austin Medical Hospital and from there I went into a diabetic coma for 28 days. I was also diagnosed with what they call “wet brain.”

When I came out of the coma I had to learn how to function again. I had to remember my daughter’s names, and learn how to write.

I was always the king of denial and never knew—never thought I had a problem.

It was a big eye-opener for me. I didn’t think that somebody like me—I, mean, I went to work every day and I helped run a business. Since I was functional, I thought I was okay.

Because I thought the true alcoholic or something like that was that poor soul who was standing on the corner with a cardboard sign.

But see here I am living this second life just drowning in the bottom. And I had no idea the magnitude of what alcohol had done to take over my body, or my life, or my family, or everything else.

When I got out of the hospital, I was still somewhat in denial. I can remember a conversation with my three daughters and my oldest daughter said, “Dad, we need to go to treatment.” And the alcoholic I am—or, I still wasn’t an alcoholic in my mind—thought, “don’t worry about that.”

I was supposed to go to a treatment center in Kerrville, Texas and the insurance fell through, so I was stuck without a place to go.

Being a quick thinker, I said: “Don’t worry about this, I can do this on my own. I know where a couple of AA clubs are, I’ll just start going there myself.”

And that was my first day of being in recovery.

My name is Robert, and I choose recovery every day.


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Comments 4

  1. Laurie Shotwell Kriegel

    It is so encouraging to hear your story and great to hear of your progress and success! Prayers for continued sobriety and the opportunity to share your story!

  2. Yvonne Laosa

    I didn’t know the real story of how you sobered up and changed your life. It is a very moving and inspiring story. I think God meant for me to see this through you. Thanks for sharing, stay strong and God bless you!

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