It's nice waking up and knowing that your grogginess and sleepiness is not due to a hangover, and that your entire day isn't going to be spent basking in depression and regret.
It's nice to have friends over for dinner on Friday night, and then go to bed early and sober, instead of drinking at a bar and taking the risk of getting a DUI or worse.
It's nice knowing that I'm not ever going to hurt myself or someone else because of my inability to know when I've had too much, and shouldn't be driving. That's one of my biggest fears.
It hurts me to know that there are people who were once part of my life, who never got the chance to decide otherwise.
It's nice to finally recognize my shortcomings, and know there is something I can do about it.
It's scary to think about how bad it could have gotten...to hear stories from people for whom it did get that bad, and to know that I'm just lucky, not different.
It's wonderful and terrifying to share your faults as a human to a roomful of strangers, and to have those strangers come up to you afterwards and to realize that they genuinely care.
It's heart wrenching and overwhelmingly fulfilling to actually care back.
I'm so incredibly grateful for the change that's happening in my life. It's scary and overwhelming and, quite frankly, straight out weird, but I know that I'm already a better person because of it.