Bill developed self-worth and began volunteering, working for rehab centers to help young people like him. I enjoy the different stories as each of us adds value to our recoveries. We connect with each other due to our pasts and we push each other to better lives now. Turning down a drink is about the only thing I do that requires a follow-up explanation as to why I’m declining, unlike being offered a snack or a glass of water, for example. Typically the follow-up comes from a place of kindness, but it puts the nondrinker in a situation where every time they’re offered, they have to decline and then also justify why. The only difficult part, for me, has been how much drinking is ingrained into our social lives, our meals, our activities, and more.

  • The ensuing year I tried many times, unsuccessfully, to curb my drinking.
  • What keeps you sober is love and connection to something bigger than yourself.
  • They’re also tricky addictions because I’m good at abstaining but not so good at moderation.
  • The next morning I awoke with my heart racing, unable to get up off the floor, realizing that this was the end of the run.

My Attorney told me the story of his Nanny going into Valley Hope years ago and has been clean for 8 yrs. When he mentioned entering inpatient for 30 days, I said I can’t do that, my business will be lost. My Attorney/Friend point blank told me that I was sick and needed help.

Sober Story: Kim

Understanding she couldn’t handle this on her own and admitting she needed drug intervention was the first step to getting her life back. Before I got sober, I remember thinking that sober people were boring. I thought sober people didn’t go out, that they didn’t do anything, and I was honestly weirded out by people who didn’t drink. I think it’s important for people to know that just because I’m sober doesn’t mean I’m dead.

  • I am coming out to family members and really re-creating myself in the fullest extent possible.
  • “I am ashamed to say that I don’t know who got them into their costumes that night,” she wrote in the book, according to People.
  • Like most addiction, they’re fueled by shame and the “not enough” gremlins.
  • After six years, I was becoming dissatisfied with work because I didn’t feel I had adequate support from my group or the hospital.
  • I had alcohol a few times earlier this year, but I consider myself a non-drinker now.

I got a job I really wanted and then I got fired. So when I got sober, it gave me self-esteem, it gave me worth, it gave me a purpose. I didn’t know that I had so much potential to help people. At first it was difficult, but now it’s just become my life.

Recovery Stories

By the time Kate was 21, she had fought her way to long-term sobriety. Very inspirational stories but I am very distracted by the faint almost wheezing faint whistly breathing I keep hearing I think from the host? This is purely as a help to your podcast of something you might not be aware of. Honestly [I feel better] than I could have imagined. My relationships are better, my business is thriving, my heart and mind are open to possibilities that I wouldn’t have believed possible. Turns out, you can reinvent yourself—even at 48.

  • After about 2.5 years of using these methods followed by an emotional bottom and the termination of a long-term relationship, I went to an AA meeting around the corner from my apartment.
  • Don feels that he relapsed because his spirituality was missing.
  • A friend had shown up at his house, pulled me from his bed and made me leave with her.
  • It’s been very centering and very sobering — that’s the best word I can use.
  • She talked to a mental health and drug hotline.
  • I began to need to drink just to feel normal.

That also is a product of the way you are finally able to filter out people in your life who aren’t very supportive and aren’t very healthy for you. sobriety stories Those people kind of drop away as you get sober and now I’m left with the good people in my life. And that’s a continual process your whole life.

Q: As someone who has lived through both substance abuse and sobriety, why do you recommend sobriety?

“I have all the good things in life that everybody talks about,” he said. “I’m worthy of that too. Once you get to that place it’s pretty liberating.” Travis Rasco in Upstate New York says he’s grateful he got enough time, enough chances and enough help to rebuild his life. Eddie said their research suggests more needs to be done to keep people alive while the healing process works.

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