Elton John, sober 32 years this week, is maybe, one the most accomplished people on Earth. At 75, his endless energy and drive has him travelling the world on a goodbye tour. Add to that he has current hits topping the new music charts. Every month Elton is given an award. His AIDS awareness foundation is thriving. I would guess that his most proud accomplishment is his sobriety. This week, Elton celebrates THIRTY TWO YEARS SOBER.
How Sobriety Changed Elton
Elton commenting on his proud achievement from Variety:
The smartest move I made immediately after treatment was to take an entire year off from all work. I was determined to make my recovery the only focus in my life. I completely cleared my diary for a year.
Today, my best advice to people who are facing those difficult early days of sobriety is to get humble. Make recovery your absolute priority over everything else. Don’t go back to work too soon. Take the time you need to learn and heal. I don’t think I would still be sober today if I hadn’t taken that whole year off and thrown myself into my program of recovery.
At my peak during that year, I was going to as many as five meetings a day! I made and served tea at the meetings. I was determined to lock in all the things that I had learned in treatment.
Alcohol abuse touches everyone. Everyone, knows someone that is affected. If you know someone who needs help, don’t give up. Help is here.
Elton, sober 32 years, is the best award you can give US. See a list of notable names that share Elton’s success. From the Walker Center.