God Shot

Written by DeShawn McQueen on Thursday, 15 November 2012. Posted in Voices in Recovery, Breaking News

Addiction And Alcoholism

Yesterday, while with friends, I “bumped into” a fellow of Alcoholics Anonymous.

He was out of the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, on an alcohol and drug “run”. He relapsed on methamphetamine, and was currently using heroin and alcohol. To say the least, he was not doing so well.

In fact, as I spoke with him, he was holding a can of Red Bull that was filled with Vodka. Momentarily, I thought, “by the grace of God that is not me.”

As I looked at him, a heroin junkie, I cannot believe I ever thought that heroin addicts or alcoholics were glamorous.

Suddenly, I became angry at this disease of Alcoholism, not to mention Drug Addiction, as they are destroying lives and killing people that I love.

He is a beautiful human: a father, a son, a friend and a brother, and despite intervention after intervention, not to mention, detoxes, rehabs and sober livings, he has not been able to remain clean and sober.

If I could do it for him, I would.

But, as all of grateful recovering Addicts and Alcoholics know, we cannot get anyone clean and sober who is not willing to do it for themselves.

And, for that matter, Alcoholics and Addicts cannot get sober for anyone else.

I like to believe that everything happens for a reason.

With that said, I believe my “bumping into” my friend (a former fellow AA) was a God-shot and an opportunity for me to be a vessel of God, an example of what prayer can do.

It was a synchronistic moment in time, an opportunity for him to recognize that there is another way to live and avenue to find his way back to the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous.

My friend said he was willing to get sober and in fact wanted to get sober.

To make a long story short, one of my friends is an owner of several treatment centers and sober livings, and, on the spot, he agreed to help my friend who had relapsed, not only with chemical dependency treatment/sober living, but also with employment.

My sincere hope is that he feels the same willingness today that he felt yesterday. I expect him to call me today.

With that said, help has been extended. This is where I “Let God and Let God.”


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About the Author

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen

DeShawn McQueen is a staff writer at Recovery Now Newspaper and Recoverynowtv.com, an informative newspaper that serves as a resource for persons of all stages of drug and alcohol treatment, by giving them access to relevant and necessary information so that they may live balanced and substance-free lifestyles. DeShawn graduated from Wayne State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and premedical sciences. He holds a Juris Doctors degree in law from Valparaiso University School of Law. DeShawn’s writing and research has been published in such academic journals as Behavioral Pharmacology and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior among others. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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