The Joy of Being Sober

Oscar-winning songwriter enthralls luncheon crowd with the joys — and secrets — of staying sober

Oscar-winning songwriter reveals the joys and secrets of staying sober

News, Shelby, The Council luncheon, Nov. 2015, David Taylor, Eva Garcia, Paul Williams, Tammy Lester, Howard Lester
David Taylor, Eva Garcia, Paul Williams, Tammy Lester, Howard Lester. Photo by Steven David/Houston Photo Events

The gospel of recovery according to singer/songwriter Paul Williams, as he shared it with the 900 attending The Council on Recovery's annual fall luncheon, held at the Hilton Americas-Houston:

* “I have a life today that I couldn’t have imagined. I fell in love with recovery. I found a home in recovery.”

*  “Let’s be open about our recovery because we need to be. I love my life today. I love knowing there’s hope for the hopeless.”

*  “Someone dared to reflect the truth back to me, and I finally got sober. At that point, I realized I had been taken prisoner by my addiction.”

* "The fact is, it’s OK to tell the truth.”

* “It’s not about willpower or morality, it’s about a disease.”

These were just a few of the points that Williams made in the program that he shared with author Tracey Jackson, his friend and creative partner. They co-wrote the New York Times’ Bestseller Gratitude and Trust – Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life.

Jackson added to the conversation, highlighting the universal wisdom of the 12-Step recovery program, observing that “although I am not in the program, I have always felt we all have something to recover from.”

Williams, who penned the lyrics of the Oscar-winning song "Evergreen" among his many hits, has been drug and alcohol free for 25 years.

The annual Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series luncheon, co-chaired by Tammy and Howard Lester, David Taylor and Eva Garcia raised more than $400,000 for The Council.