Guest Blogger: SoberMan Speaks On Recovery
We have a special guest we’re excited to introduce you to today. He’s a sober superhero whose mission is to deepen our perspective about the damage drugs and alcohol continue to inflict on our society, and to strengthen our resolve about the importance of every addict and alcoholic finding recovery. As he says, he doesn’t fight bad guys, he fights a bad disease. But let’s hear directly from him, shall we? Without further adieu, we’re pleased to present our very special guest blogger for the day… SoberMan.
Last week, a drunk driving accident occurred that registered at least a blip on the national radar. A 16-year-old girl was killed when a drunk driver hopped the curb outside her house and plowed through her bedroom wall. What seemed to resonate about this particular tragedy was the age of the victim, along with her vulnerability at the time of the accident. The girl was literally killed in the place where we’re all led to believe we’re safest and most out of harm’s way… in her bed!
I wonder if she was dreaming at the time, and if so, what about? Did she dream of becoming a singer when she grew up? Or a professional volleyball player? Or maybe she wanted to travel the world? Whatever those dreams were, they won’t have a chance of being realized now. All because some guy thought it was a good idea to have a couple of drinks (or more) and then climb behind the wheel of a two-ton machine that required more mental faculties to operate than he could reasonably muster in his current condition.
The stark truth is, one person is killed on average every half hour due to drunk driving. Why should this particular tragedy merit any greater attention than any of the other 16,000 people who die each year in alcohol-related crashes? It shouldn’t take an accident of this nature to make people sit up and take notice of this national scourge.
And now what? The driver serves jail time for vehicular manslaughter. Or not. If he has a good attorney, maybe he gets off with community service. But will he get help for his problem, or will he drink and drive again? My hope is that he seeks the necessary treatment, and that he sees his role in this tragedy as an opportunity to spread the word about the insidious disease of alcoholism, and about the dangers of drinking and driving. Perhaps someone will read his story, or hear him speak, and be motivated to seek help for themselves. Or they’ll read about him and be reminded of someone close to them who’s in trouble. And maybe they’ll be inspired to help that friend or family member get the help they need before another 16-year-old’s dreams are snuffed out.
That’s my dream anyway.