My friend Eric celebrates 11 years clean. I met Eric exactly 11 years ago at a 10pm meeting. I remember seeing Eric get his medallion and him talking about being homeless for years, doing the gas can scam, pan handling, trying heroin for the first time at 13 years old, his father and his brother all used together. He talked about how he went to detox 13 times, how he never thought he could get clean but watching his brother get clean helped motivate him. I would see Eric all the time at meetings, it was crazy to me, he had been clean for an entire year, one year, that was insane to me. I would talk to him and ask him questions but most of all I watched him. I remember his first car, I remember when he started his own business, I remember his second car, I remember when he started a family. Eric’s brother is also still clean and has I think 14 years clean and is a fire fighter, his father also got clean and is coming up on 7 years clean. Miracles happen. Proud of you Eric !