Transforming Trauma into Purpose
As a child of an alcoholic father, I quickly adapted to the dysfunction addiction creates in families. At the age of 9, I picked up a cigarette and began to smoke. At the age of 14, I began drinking alcohol and at the age of 18 years old, my love affair with drugs began. By the age of 23 years old, I was told by numerous psychologists, doctors and professors I would not see the age of 24 if I did not quit disrespecting my body by abusing alcohol and drugs. One more drunk led me to a 13.5 hour binge and I did not get drunk. This scared me sober.
I had the blessing of getting sober in Akron, Ohio, the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous. My first A.A. meeting was with my father (now sober for 34 years).
Today, I live a life for God and helping others achieve sobriety. Recovery is not a game to me, I take it very seriously. It has been the biggest challenge living a life alcohol, tobacco and drug free; however, the rewards are beyond my wildest dreams. The freedom from guilt, shame and hurt is the biggest gift my recovery has given me. I am eternally grateful for my recovery family in Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Celebrate Recovery.
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