What excites you the most when you get up in the morning?|Waking up without having to feel ashamed or embarrassed about what I may or may not have done the day before.|What is your motto? And what about this motto appeals to you?|“Just for Today.” I have it tattooed across my lower arm. No matter how difficult the situation, no matter how strong the urge, I can always hang in there until midnight.|What has been the best part of recovery for you? Why?|The friends I have made in the fellowship of recovery. Staying connected through the Mountainside Alumni Program has helped a great deal with this. Active addiction is a pretty lonely place.|What would you say is the biggest success (professional or personal) you’ve had since leaving Mountainside?|Earning the respect of my two sons.|What has been your biggest hurdle in recovery, and how did you learn to overcome it?|Meetings were not easy for me in the beginning. This was a problem because I know today that I cannot stay sober and happy by myself. Thankfully, I kept going and eventually found meetings that worked for me. I hung in there; I didn’t give up. No legitimate success comes without struggle.|What was the turning point that led you to get help?|Waking in the middle of the night, desperate for a drink and finding no alcohol in the house. I went into my bedroom and informed my wife that I just couldn’t stop, “I have to go back to Mountainside.”|If you could, what would you tell your younger self?|I think I knew I was an alcoholic when I was 16. I found sobriety at 53, maybe that says it all? Don’t wait to get help!|What would you like people who are afraid to receive treatment to know?|Making major changes in your life is never easy and it certainly can be scary at times, but it’s not nearly as scary as active addiction.|What suggestions do you have for the newcomer?|I was telling my story recently at the “Perry Street Workshop” in Greenwich Village, New York. There was a slogan on the wall I fell in love with, “There is no wrong way to get sober.”|What is the best advice you have been given?|I believe one of the reasons I’ve maintained my sobriety is that I listen to all advice suggested. Of course, I don’t follow everything I hear, but I take it all in.|What is the one item you can’t do without?|An exercise regimen.|Would you rather be an inventor or a leader? Why?|I don’t believe it’s a question of choice; you have to be an inventor first. If that works out, the leadership role will follow.|Who — dead or living — is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party?|The higher power of my understanding.|What’s the one thing people would be pleasantly surprised to know about you?|That I have made many mistakes in recovery. But I have never had to take a drink or a drug over any of them.|What are you currently reading or what song have you enjoyed recently? What do you love about it?|I have struggled some with concentration lately. I am finding it helpful to read something on the lighter side, staying away from books related to recovery, politics, or world issues. You know, sometimes we just need to chill!
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