450 Days Sober & Counting

By: Marc McMahon

Well, I just returned from sober vacation number two and I have to tell you it was even better than the first time I went. I  think it’s going to continue to get better every time I go. Kind of like my life the more days sober I get the better my life seems to get, imagine that :). I sure wish I would have caught on quicker but at least I caught on so better late than never I suppose.

My trip was so magical I tell you there is nothing better for your mind than to spend a few days up in the mountains in what I call God’s country. I can’t quite translate the tranquility into word but blissful is an understatement. If I could figure out a way to live up there full time I sure would but for now, monthly visits shall suffice.


I will post a few pictures from my trip here in this post so you all can catch a glimpse of the beauty for yourself. I was just thinking the other day about how as my life gets better I find I have less and less junk to vomit onto paper here in my blog leaving me at times at a loss for words to write. Then comes the second-guessing of yourself about why you still write and do people even care to hear what you have to say. This has been my struggle lately, my internal dialogue concerning my blog here. Its been going on a while now and I thought for a moment that maybe I should take a break but then just as that happened God reminded why I do this.

God Is So Good

The day before I was to leave on my trip I received an email from a gentleman in New York City who said he had come across my blog and was totally inspired, he said, as a matter of fact, I leave for treatment in the morning for my addiction. He says I just want you to know that had I not read your blog I may not have decided to go tomorrow because I wasn’t sure if I was going to go. But I read your site here and was so inspired I thought that if you were still sober after all you have been through then maybe I can do this too, so I am going.


He goes on to say “I may be in another state but when I get out I’ll send you my phone number he said and maybe we can talk sometimes! I was like hell yes! Thank you, Jesus, for that just when I needed to hear it and when he needed to read it because that’s how this works.  Then I was reminded why I started this and that it’s only really about that one person. If I can just help one than all of it has been a success and I know from being told that more than one has been helped by what I do so I continue sometimes blindly but I never cease to get something decent written.

I am not sure why all this is coming out now but its time I guess because I don’t talk to anyone else about it, not this anyways. So if your curious as to why I haven’t written in almost two weeks that’s why I was just struggling for the motivation to write I guess and that email and my vacation paired up to be just that, my motivation. So I just want to thank you all for all of your support it’s so amazing and so appreciated I just love you all so much. With that let’s be on our way and go see if we cant put a smile on somebody’s face today what do you say, friends. One smile at a time and we can change the world believe that!!! Stay blessed my friends see ya all next week.

About The Author: Marc is a 49-year-old Author, Speaker, and Soldier in a war to loosen the grasp that Substance Abuse has on our society. He is a Father, Son, and friend to all those seeking refuge from this incorrigible disease. Marc resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where he enjoys, writing, hiking, and kicking the disease of addiction in the teeth, every chance he gets. As Marc always likes to say, “be blessed, my friends!”



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