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  • I am starting my 5th year of sobriety.
    The reason for me is simple. My daughter. Now 14, she has been the inspiration for me to change my life for the better. Example: For her first birthday, I quit smoking.

    Move forward to her 10th birthday. Unfortunately, this story is not as sweet.

    Not long after her mom and I separated, my daughter was staying with me for the week. We had had a great day just the two of us. As the day started to wear down, I had a few drinks. Then the inevitable call comes. My Soon to be ex-wife calling to continue the fight that has been going for several weeks (read as months).

    I always tried to keep my daughter well on the outside of these conversations. This time, I failed. I am still ashamed that she heard the things she did and saw me in that state.

    What I remember seeing can only be described in this way: Do you remember the scene in Monsters, Inc. when Boo sees Sully on the video screens, after his demonstration for the new monsters? Do you remember the look on Boo's face before she ran away and hid?

    Okay, I know this is a bit dramatic, BUT .. that is the way I remember seeing my daughter that night. I have made no effort to change that memory.

    I have not had another drink since and Monsters, inc. is still one of our favorite movies.Sober
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