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Grapevine : August 2011
my broken life together again. Every- one involved knew that it was wrong, but my employer began scheduling patients for me to treat as a PA. I was treating patients and oper- ating every day as if my license was never revoked. The truth came out in a stupendously ugly divorce where my ex-wife and her attorney went to the state's attorney general with her divorce attorney and reported us. A month later, I was arrested on the evening news and my life was being filleted for the world to see. I thought I was getting my life together. It was hard and painful to endure, but it was my truth. My freedom was gone and everything seemed remarkably bizarre, but I never relapsed. Some- thing had stuck during my early re- covery and I held onto what I could as strongly as possible. My former boss took a plea agree- ment, ensuring a probated sentence for him, but leaving me up against the wall. I took the only deal left, which sent me to prison. My life, it seemed, was over, but I can tell you that this is when my life truly began. Everything changed in prison. My AA sponsor never gave up on me, nor did my family. My mother and grandparents continue to humble me with their love, strength and courage. In prison, I found AA, a church, a psy- chologist with whom I could address some core issues. I also began a physi- cal fitness regimen that I thought was previously impossible. Through the incredible friendships, group therapy sessions and spiritual teachings, I dis- covered a bond that conquers disease, abuse and utter loneliness. I experi- enced these miracles of recovery not because of prison, but in spite of it. I still believe that early, inten- sive work during those first two years prior to my arrest saved me. I did not know what would happen next but I had stablized myself with the an- chor of recovery. It felt okay to not be high, for I knew how to stay sober. This "business" of recovery gave me a much richer life and a perspective which never ceases to amaze me, for I am writing to you from a prison cell. I believe those who succeed in sobriety are true entrepreneurs, un- dertaking this recovery venture by drawing from spiritual, emotional, in- tellectual, and physical resources. We call in outside consultants, like spiri- tual advisers and therapists, when necessary. We form conglomerates through groups, meetings, lovers and friends. Acting as our own personal CEO, we see our plans and hard work come to fruition. This big, beautiful life can transform past wreckage into a journey with meaning and purpose. John D. Rockefeller, the quintes- sential entrepreneur, once said, "I've always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity." I believe that's what recovery has done for me and millions of others. Corey R. West Liberty, Ky. 34 August 2011