Josephine Santa Fe - celebrating 31 years of sobriety

By
Josephine Santa Fe
Tell us about your (or your loved one's) recovery journey. What has been the most rewarding part?

I can't image my life any different then it is now, I feel blessed to be celebrating 31 years of sobriety and the people you meet along this journey will touch your lives and you will carry that with you. I feel God has chosen this path for me to help other recovering addicts or people in recovery, even if it's to share my story with them, you might touch that one person and change their life or even save a life.

Do you have a message for the Shatterproof community?

It's amazing how Shatterproof has opened up the internet for us in recovery to share our stories. Thank you.

June 16, 1987 was the day God choose to intervene into my life and change my life completely around. I could tell you about all the pain and loss in my life, we all have them, we all go through horrific challenges in life. I'm no different, courageous, strong you might say, no, I believe in a "higher power" which I choose to call God. My journey in sobriety is now 31 years of living life completely "clean and sober" though I don't like the word "clean" because I never felt dirty. I entered rehab in 1987 when I was 26 years old, I stayed in a 30 day rehab and from that day forward I lived life as a woman in sobriety, now I am 57 years old and am celebrating my 31 years of sobriety. What a gift I have been given!!! Living a life in long-term sobriety certainly has some ups and downs, having seen both my parents die of long term illnesses and going through a divorce has made me not only stronger but determined to live my life to the fullest. For me going to church was my "meetings" I love going to church and getting on my knees and praying to God, it gives me so much peace. I have a wonderful family who has supported me since the day I got out of rehab and I must say they are along this journey with me, not only because they are family, but they are all educated on drug/alcohol abuse, see every family has it, as we know it doesn't discriminate. I recently completed a class to become a "Recovery Coach" looking to provide resources and educate young children and adults by using my strengths and support those in recovery and hopefully be an inspiration to others to know they can live a life in long term sobriety.