I encourage people to share their story and be open about their recovery to annihilate the unjust stigma that people with substance use disorder face. If more people living healthy, full lives in recovery shared their story I firmly believe more people would find recovery sooner. I have always been told you can get off the elevator at any floor--there is no need to get to the basement. Life in recovery is awesome, not because it is perfect, or always shiny and bright, but because it is authentic and real and today I have the tools and the community to get through anything with grace and dignity.
My story is that I started drinking when I was 14 and it was like this magic elixir for me. I never felt like I fit in, but drinking made me feel pretty, popular, etc. It made me fearless. I started drinking heavily in college and continued on drinking until June 29, 2011. I added in some dry goods at age 29 and I think that my cocaine addiction helped get me sober faster than if I had never tried that substance. Cocaine is pure evil--I was addicted immediately and it took me to new lows. It is truly a miracle I am alive today. I had a moment of grace on June 29, 2011 and by God's grace have not had a drink or a drug since. Today, I have a job I love at Shatterproof and I truly feel I am doing the work I was meant to do on this earth. I am blessed with an incredible family, church and recovery community, and many meaningful friendships.