Inspirational Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Stories

Sober living

You can justify any behavior to yourself when you’re alone in your apartment, but it was at that moment I saw my behavior reflected back at me. I was still 4 years away from sobriety, but I started to entertain the possibility. It allowed me to deal with feelings in my then-preferred way — by doing anything to NOT feel them.

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Dan’s Story – A Father Celebrates One Year of Sobriety

If you feel you have a problem with drink or drugs and that the time is ripe to follow in the footsteps of these stories of sobriety, you don’t need to make the journey alone. It’s hard for me to describe it without closing my eyes and getting a little emotional. It has changed every part of my being, the way that I move and the way that I communicate.

Why not go to a meeting with me, an AA meeting? And if you don’t like what they got to say, heck, I’ll buy you a drink.”

So I go to the AA meeting. I mean, everything they said just really hit home.

I do not wish I could drink.

I stay as close as I can with the people in my circle. I keep it tight and talk to somebody in recovery every day. I don’t go to bed with an issue; if I have something going on, I let people know. I was in a meeting with Chris one day – and I’ve mentioned I love sports – and he told me that it’s like it is the 4th quarter and I’m down 40 points and I need my best team with me. It’s something I really took to heart.

It felt like one day I woke up and I was in the house by myself. They became very successful and I just kind of felt out of place. I just didn’t see where I fit in anymore. “My father passed away with 35 years of continuous sobriety.

‘Who was I when I wasn’t getting wasted?’

The gray area just kind of becomes a little less. There’s a whole world that is so celebratory and celebrates you finding your truth. It’s a thing where you’ll say, “I’m a month sober,” and people will be like, Congratulations! There’s this whole movement of people.

inspirational stories of sobriety

I sat down in front of her and she said, “I can see from your test results that you’re manipulative and self-centered.” To which I replied, “Yes, of course, I am. Without their help and guidance, I know that I would not be here writing this email to you. Treatment is the time where you have the most access to tools and people who are willing to help you. Be sure to make sure every second count. That this is a program I have tried for 30 years to do alone. I have to maintain support and work the program.

Recovery has given me a new outlook on life and all the things in it. When I was drinking, absolutely nothing mattered except that next drink. I stole money to buy alcohol, I used all the change I could find, and I always made sure that I had more alcohol hidden somewhere. I found myself trying to hide from anyone and everyone.

What are the benefits of 60 days without alcohol?

It may take a full month of not drinking alcohol to feel better. Although positive changes may appear earlier, 3 months of not drinking can not only improve your mood, energy, sleep, weight, skin health, immune health, and heart health. It can even reduce your risk of cancer.