Sunday, March 16, 2014

MY MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY: A Decade of Sobriety

(Photo: Michael O'Banion)
MY MILESTONE 
ANNIVERSARY: 
A Decade of Sobriety
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March 17th — the day when
it seems that everyone, even
the Landucci kid from next
door claims Irish heritage in
an effort to justify a 24-hour
binger. But for me, the day
holds greater significance.
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In his 2005 Top Ten smash single, country music superstar, Toby Keith proclaimed that we have to, "get drunk to be somebody." FYI, that's a lie.

But in the 1999 blockbuster movie, The Wedding SingerAdam Sandler's character offers a distinctly different message to a particular drunken teenager — "alcohol equals puke, equals smelly mess, equals nobody likes you!" FYI, that's the truth.

We never hear a renowned surgeon attribute a successful operation to being "buzzed." No Olympic  champion ever has credited his or her Gold Medal victory to doing a few pre-event shots to "loosen up." In fact, misguided and broken rock stars are the only ones who sing praises to their inebriated superhuman ability — three seconds before choking to death on their own vomit.

Not so long ago, I was that guy. I loved to drink. I was brainwashed by Madison Avenue, deceived by Hollywood and convicted by my own stupidity. My accomplices — Jägermeister and Heineken. My weapon of choice — my automobile, as I drove home drunk frequently from the clubs and bars. How I survived those days without killing anyone is nothing short of miraculous. 

In the words of Toby Keith,
"get drunk and be somebody."
It was St. Patty's Day, 2004. I was DJ-ing at a popular local nightspot, participating in all the rich pageantry the holiday has to offer. But as I felt the warmth of the green-colored mystery concoction gliding down the back of my throat, I received a revelation. At that very instant, I looked around and noticed the unabashed foolishness that surrounded me. A light went off suddenly in my head and I heard the voice of Abe Vigoda say, "C'mon man, this is dumb." That was it. I crumbled the plastic shot glass, threw it in the trash, and I haven't touched a drop since. Praise Jesus!

Alcohol is soul poison. It kills and it destroys — plain and simple. It's the "great lie" sent straight from the pit of Hell — and that's the truth. Please be sure that it's certainly NOT my intention to judge or condemn ANYONE. I merely want to  offer a source of encouragement to people who may also be battling this particular demon. And it is a demon and it is a battle. But it's one that you can win. Believe me, if I could do it, so can you.

-Christopher Long
(March 2014)

Are you, a friend or a loved one currently struggling with an alcohol issue? I'm very accessible, and I welcome you to contact me anytime via my personal email address.(AuthorChristopherLong@yahoo.com)


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