Did you get in trouble?

People usually quit drinking for 3 reasons:

1. You got in trouble.

2. Your own volition.

3. Death.

When people find out I don’t drink anymore (all my non social media folk), the first thing they ask me is if I got into trouble. I did years ago, but not this time.

I got a drunk driving on 10/26/10. It was a Tuesday at around 4 PM. Yep, you read that right. I stayed up the night before, worked from 6 AM to 10 AM, and decided it was a good idea to drink my lunch at a bar.

I drove until I hit a truck in front of me attempting to put the brakes on approaching the upcoming stoplight. I blamed the weather, but let’s be real- I was wasted.

I ended up blowing a .22, almost triple the legal limit. And surprisingly, I remember everything from that day/night. It was a rough one, to say the least.

I went through 15 months of probation. I paid thousands of dollars in fines, restitution, different counseling sessions, and mandatory classes/programs. I also attended 3+ AA meetings a week. All I did was work, do required meetings, etc. and go to my Army National Guard duties (weekend drills and 2 week summer training).

I had to get a machine in my vehicle that made me blow for it to start. I had to blow at 3 different times a day. That was pure hell.

I did all of this. FOR OVER A YEAR. But I still kept drinking. Through all the heartaches drinking has caused me, I still kept fucking drinking.

Fast forward to present times. I get asked why I quit drinking. Before I can say a word, I’m asked by someone else if I got in trouble.

Nope, not this time, friend. This time I quit on my own terms. And it’s been the best fucking 2.5 months I’ve had since I can remember.

I’m never looking back! ❤️

Thanks for reading.

-Carrie Harmon

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