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Voices for Recovery


Thomas McKnight (08/15/2011)

Thomas McKnight Voice

Being in recovery means the world to me and my two daughters. I carry my 20-year medallion every day and am very proud to show it off. I have gained respect in my hometown and the surrounding communities due to the pure fact that I'm not ashamed to admit that I am in recovery.

I started drinking at 12 and became dependent by 16. Alcohol was my only drug of choice because it was easy to get. Before my 21st birthday, I had four DUIs. Shortly thereafter my wife began to realize I had a severe drinking problem. When she had had enough, she threw her ring at me and said, "I will not be married to a drunk." I have not had a drink since.

Now I work closely with the local sheriff's department and teach driver's education courses. My daughters are very proud of me and enjoy when other students come up to them after hearing my driving presentation. My dream is to present my experiences to every high school in the State, as well as the country. I know I can't save them all, but if I can reach just one, then I have done what I set out to do.

Now I work closely with the local sheriff's department and teach driver's education courses. My daughters are very proud of me and enjoy when other students come up to them after hearing my driving presentation. My dream is to present my experiences to every high school in the State, as well as the country. I know I can't save them all, but if I can reach just one, then I have done what I set out to do.

Recovery is possible; it can be done. It is one day at a time. Think of staying sober today; don't worry about next week, or even tomorrow. Today is now and tomorrow is promised to no one.



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