Since my first drink at the age of 13, I’ve battled alcoholism. It took me a long time to admit to myself and to my family and friends that I was an alcoholic, but in the end, I had to face the consequences of my behavior.
Alcohol and drug addiction stole 11 years of my life. I missed out on everything you’re supposed to do in your teens and twenties: college, building a career and figuring out who I wanted to be. Alcohol had taken over my life. I was miserable. I was getting older and I had nothing.
Ask for the help you need. Like countless other addicts, my alcohol and drug use started off as a recreational activity. I soon became locked in addiction. I relinquished my integrity and stopped caring about myself and the world around me. I almost died from alcohol and drugs. With my last ounce of personal strength I started the slow road to recovery. Getting sober was the hardest thing I've ever done. At first I doubted the power of the process but was told that if I just didn't use drugs or alcohol it would improve and it did. That empty space inside of me -- “the hole” -- started to be filled.
Get a fresh start and rebuild. I began to rebuild my life. I recently celebrated 35 years of sobriety and have worked hard to repair my relationships with friends and family. Once I became sober I began to open my eyes and was able to see my life clearly and was able to handle my responsibilities. The sobriety path has been long and difficult at times but worth it.
Take a new path and create a new beginning. The best part of my recovery has been learning to love and appreciate myself. I used to hate myself to a point of utter self-loathing; every day was filled with hopelessness and fear. Today I am at peace. I am thankful on a daily basis for every experience I have, good or bad. I am full of excitement for the future, gratitude for the present, and I am happy in my own skin. I’m accepting of myself and laugh often. This is the gift of recovery.
Get empowered, leap forward! Through my work as a Recovery Coach I am able to help individuals realize their dreams and become their most authentic, powerful selves. My mission is to help both addicts and the people who love them. Together, we’ll find solutions to living a more joyous, balanced life in recovery. I use my life experiences and my empathy to offer a safe space for my clients. It is an honor to be able to serve others on their path to a successful, happy recovery.