When I decided to stop drinking, I knew there were certain steps I had to take to ensure my sobriety. The first step for me was to enter a drug and alcohol rehab where I learned many life-saving tools.
When I completed my stay, I was told to get a sponsor and work the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
I was afraid to get a sponsor when I got out, so I never asked anyone for help. Three months later, I relapsed.
After my dangerous and terrible relapse, I finally called someone I looked up to at an AA meeting to be my sponsor.
I started working the 12 Steps immediately, and it brought a sense of peace into my life. I was able to talk to someone who already walked the path I’m walking right now.
I take great comfort in knowing my sponsor has dealt with many issues, feelings, and events that I’m currently dealing with.
When I work the steps with my sponsor, I feel a deeper connection to myself and to the world. I don’t feel alone, scared, and guilty.
Working the steps is cathartic to me. I write my thoughts and feelings on paper, share what’s going on in my life, and talk about my issues.
Sometimes when I feel like my life is spiraling out of control, I call my sponsor to bring me back to reality.
I understand why the steps are written the way they are, because each step builds on each other. I can’t skip around because it won’t make sense.
I know that if I put hard work into the program I’m working, I will see rewards, and I have. My life is a million times better than it was when I drank.
I know how to deal with issues in life with grace, dignity, and a backbone. I don’t have to crawl into a dark corner and drink myself into oblivion.
I’m grateful I found a sponsor I can trust who leads me through the 12 Steps with care. I know that I can face any problems in my life without the crutch of alcohol.
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Angela R Woodworth, a 45-year-old mother in Gainesville, Florida was charged with drug possession and felony child neglect after four children said they jumped out of her car because she was drunk.
Woodworth was arrested and charged with four felony counts of child neglect, resisting an officer without violence, marijuana possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said four 11-year-old children, Woodworth’s son and three of his friends ran into a Steak N’Shake saying they jumped from her car because she was drunk.
A witness named Kenisha Drayton said, “it was like a little girl screaming for help. We really didn’t see what was going on, but all we heard was someone screaming.”
Josh Kramer was eating inside the Steak N’Shake when the children ran inside. He said, “one of the boys told me his mom, they just came from Ruby Tuesday, and his mom was really drunk and swerving all over the road. She hit a pole and broke a mirror off her car. They came to a stop. When they came to a stop, the kids jumped out of the car and ran into the restaurant.”
Kramer said he called 911 and while he was talking to the dispatcher, Woodworth came to the restaurant and screamed at the children, ordering them to come with her.
“The kids took off running around the restaurant. She started following them around the restaurant” said Kramer. “I finally got them back up front and told them to stay on the sidewalk, police would be here in a second and they didn’t need to be scared. I was helping them out.”
Police officer Ben Tobias said, “they were not in a parking space, so we could only assume that her driving was so bad at that point that she couldn’t even make it into the parking space. We are very glad that the children were not hurt.”
According to police, the children told them that Woodworth drove them around to several places including a Chinese restaurant, a bowling alley, where Woodworth drank two pitchers of beer, and a Ruby Tuesday, where she consumed four drinks. Police found receipts confirming the purchases of alcohol.
When police searched Woodworth’s car, they found about 2 grams of marijuana and a marijuana pipe under the driver’s seat.
Police notified the Department of Children and Families and Woodworth was arrested. Officers said Woodworth’s son is with relatives and his three friends were returned to their parents.
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