My name is Joe and I am a big drunk, I am clean and sober by the grace of God and the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Gosh, I have been living with the Triple AAA, alcoholism and AIDS, and thank God for my medication, and for those of you who told me that I need to take my medication.
Thanks for my sponsor who has always been there for me, when I had all this terrible side effects. I am clean and sober, and trust me no one will abuse this medication because they are very toxic.
I am very glad that I met people in AA who support me when I need them the most, and no one told me that If I take my AIDS medication I was not clean and sober, I am glad also that some of you told me to work with my doctor.
We only give our experience, and hope to another drunk. Once, one drunk in AA in my early sobriety hinted that if I was on medication I was not clean. Of course I asked my sponsor and other old timers, and my grand-sponsor who is a nurse, and they told me not to listen to this person. I need to take my medication how it is prescribed and work and listen to my doctor. We are not doctors in the AA rooms.
I take my meds, and they are helping me to have a better sobriety, be alive, and help other drunks who come to the AA rooms and have also got AIDS. I had surgery and the doctor prescribed vicodin, and I took it how it was prescribed. I also check with others and record on a piece of paper – how many and when. Of course, some vicodin was left after the drama of the surgery and the contract that I made to you guys was that after the Dr discontinued the meds I will stop them and throw away the rest.
After the doctor discontinued the meds they start talking inside my head, big time…! For three days, they continue talking to me, (the vicodin). I went to a meeting and I share about the meds, and with the help of my Grand-sponsor we put them in the toilet. That was hard man! Now I know that if I hadn’t had AA and some of you, probably I will abuse them and I wouldn’t be writing this right now.
I am very careful about pain medication now and I am aware. I try not to have secrets today which for this drunk is hard. I’m still insane but I don’t want to die therefore I take my AIDS medication how it is prescribed….! and thank you for letting me share.