This blog title is one of great debate in the recovery community. First of all, anytime you give up a drug of choice that is destroying your life - bravo! That being said, there is a game called Domino's that has an effect on those words Clean & Sober.
Sobriety is the state of being sober which means according to Webster's not affected by alcohol; not being drunk. It also offers another definition of being temperate. But when we define Clean & Sober it comes out in today's street definition as the initial step into sobriety (clean), while sobriety only happens when a person begins to fully embrace their sober life (sober) and work on the underlying issues that fuel addiction.
Here's where the Domino's come in. If you line them up on their ends (the domino's) and push one forward they all fall. So it is in today's world of extreme drugs and bombardment of alcohol ads. You are either clean & sober or you are not. One needs to be free of all mind altering substances (including energy drinks and vape store legal but harmful drugs) or the Domino's will eventually fall & cause a relapse. It starts with one.
Doesn't happen 100% of the time, but I would say after seeing all those who return from a relapse - maybe 95%. Are you willing to take that 5% chance and possibly die from an overdose, or do you want to learn how to live sober?
We have the Steps to work, meetings to attend but we also have a blueprint for success in Romans 12:2:
Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world (the pressures to be like everyone else. those tempting ads, chasing the next high), but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God".
His will for sure is for us to think clearly, be strong and courageous, and to not be controlled by ANY mind altering substance. And the way to do it is to stay connected to Him in any and all circumstances so that we may feel the real presence of God that is the most natural high one could ever have.
That's why they call Him the Most High, nothing else can replace Him!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.