UPDATE: You CAN give up drinking/smoking without a higher power! In fact, most things in my life were achieved without the use of a god. Unless of course you count mushrooms, cuz I used the shit out of them in my younger days and still feel it a worthy spiritual venture. 14 months of sobriety and I’ve really only learned one thing.....be honest. Be honest with yourself and be honest with others. Because it’s physically impossible to continue to do the shitty things addicts do AND be completely honest. So, I wake up everyday and strive to be honest. Sure I exaggerate a little in my story telling, or don’t refuse the cashier when he’s too lazy to count out 23 cents and flips me a quarter, but all in all, honest. Feels pretty great, and it didn’t take a floating cloud man to make it happen. I have become a bit of a recluse though so it’d be cool to meet some folks and get out on occasion.....wink wink nudge nudge.