My name is Tim Snow, and I am a recovering alcoholic.
On August 14, 2019, after a 23-year drinking career, I hit rock bottom. My health was failing. My faith was just about gone. My career was on a downfall. Most importantly, I was very close to losing my family.
At this point, my wife of 15 years and my 13-year-old daughter had never seen me sober, and after all those years they’d had about all they could take of me and my alcoholism. Suicide seemed to be the only cure for me, and the last 5-6 years of my drinking were very dark, evil and troublesome. I could not stop drinking or my body would start to shut down. I do not wish delirium tremens on my worst enemy. At some point with my drinking, I crossed an imaginary line and could not find my way back. To survive was to drink and to drink was to survive. My body ran on alcohol, and certain organs could fail without large doses of daily alcohol.
So on August 14, 2019, my wife dropped me off at the hospital to get medically detoxed. Doctors told me that if I tried to detox alone there was a possibility I would die because my body was dependent on alcohol. After a 5-day detox, I checked myself into a 30-day rehab facility.
Since then my life and my family’s life have changed. We started attending Houston Northwest Church together, and I became a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and joined HNW’s Celebrate Recovery program. This was uncharted territory for me and my family. I am in the process of learning how to be a husband and a father for the first time. When I got married 15 years ago, I was already a full-blown alcoholic. My daughter was born into an alcoholic home and that is all she has ever known.
I thought AA was the last place for me to go until one Sunday after the sermon the announcements came on the large screens. An announcement was made about Celebrate Recovery, and God led me to reach out and attend my first CR meeting. As I walked into that first meeting I was scared and hopeless and still foggy with an alcoholic mind. I surrendered and recognized my need for the true Lord and Savior in my life.
Sure, Alcoholics Anonymous is very helpful in my recovery and sobriety, and I owe a lot to AA. But I needed more than “a god of my understanding.” As I walked into Celebrate Recovery I was greeted by amazing people. Matt Delp approached me and introduced himself and made me feel welcome and safe. After attending a few CR meetings, I got to know Matt a little better and started offering my help where I could, and I call Matt Delp a true friend of mine.
I found Jesus Christ in Celebrate Recovery, and as of today I am a volunteer with HNW’s Celebrate Recovery and attend the weekly meetings and step study. I also attended the Celebrate Recovery convention at the Woodlands Church a few months ago with HNW’s Celebrate Recovery team. Celebrate Recovery, daily Bible devotions and the 12 steps have changed my life. I am learning how to be a husband for the first time in 15 years of marriage. I am learning how to be a father and a daddy to my 13-year-old daughter. I’m learning how to live life the way the Lord Jesus Christ has intended us to live.
I am a follower and believer in Jesus Christ. My name is Tim Snow, and I am a recovering alcoholic. My sobriety date is August 14, 2019, and for that, I am extremely grateful!
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