Guinevere Gets Sober

Recovery news, reviews and stories, by Jennifer Matesa.

Sayings from the rooms: The only meeting you’re late to

I’ve heard this one before and I heard it again today at the 7 a.m. meeting…

They say:

It’s not alcohol-wasm;

it’s alcohol-ism.

I also heard this one this morning, which I thought was great…

They say:

The only meeting you’re late to

is your first meeting.

Big Ben in London

Two years ago was my last day of daily active addiction. August 28, 2008. The next day,

I committed to detox…

The Suboxone threw me into precipitated withdrawal

and I kicked superhard, in my bedroom, for two days, until

on the third day I could drag myself out and start eating again.

Precipitated withdrawal isn’t like “normal” kicking. It’s like

all 10-15 days of normal kicking packed into two.

I need to remember these facts.

It took me three weeks before I made it to my first meeting…

Two days after my son’s 11th birthday.

Late, but much better late than never.


  1. glad ya made it 🙂 happy two year anniversary!

  2. I am glad that you got there just in time. How awesome is that.

  3. Congrats on 2 years!

  4. guinevere

    August 27, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I better correct myself in my next post… I was on Suboxone for a while after I went into detox, guys. … And then I relapsed 1/2/10 when I took a Vicodin.

    Didn’t mean to deceive anyone, and just want to be clear here.

    But: I thought I’d be on daily drugs for life. All that turned around two years ago.

  5. you carry a powerful message, enjoying reading your site.

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