September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. As I pause and look back over the alcohol-related deaths and injuries of people I’ve known, I feel sad that it is still happening. A driver’s speed with alcohol took our mother away from my three younger brothers and me when I was 16. She left the house. Within ten minutes there was a knock at the door. An uncle uttered the simple words, “Doreen is gone.”
Michael Velardo of the Detroit Substance Abuse Examiner wrote a short article entitled “September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.” In the article he showed the video entitled “Everybody Hurts.” I warn you it’s rather raw.
Early in my alcoholic path, I had a couple of near misses while driving, and that caught my attention. While sober I adopted a personal rule that if I had anything to drink, even one beer, I would not drive. Period. As my alcoholism progressed over the next few years, I never did drive after a drink. When I stopped drinking, I not only regained my health, but gave myself the freedom to drive again, anywhere, any time.
Please don’t drink anything before driving.