At the point of this blog’s conception, I was in my thirties. I had recently got laid off, found a job, in the middles of a divorce and was let go from my new job. Oh yeah, I am also a recovering alcoholic, sober for over seven years.
I got his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from a university in the west coast in 1995. I have been a teacher, in sales, a flight attendant, project/marketing management and public speaker for people with substance abuse problems. I got married in 2005, and the divorce was final early 2011. I don’t have any kids, but was a step-father to three great kids for the six years he was married.
I lived in Tennessee for the past six years. I was born in South America, raised in California and traveled the world for 8 years while in the airline industry. I enjoy the gym, playing golf, and watching way too much TV for what I call, “educational purposes”. The golf thing is the addiction I replaced drinking with.
I started drinking at the age of thirteen and had been drinking off and on until I checked myself in a treatment center for three months in 2005. I met the woman he would marry and eventually divorce while treatment. The one rule in treatment, don’t get into a relationship, I broke was the one thing that ended up biting me in the butt. We had a wonderful life until my ex-wife relapsed and soon after wanted out of the marriage. I tried everything to save the marriage but could not. Eventually I almost relapsed myself and decided to start this blog so I would have an entity to report to on a daily basis. I stayed sober and was responsible to my wife and step-kids while I was married, but for the first time in my life I was alone and had to find my way to self-happiness.
I decided to open up my life to the world because I feel that I am one of millions of people who are going through the same things I was dealing with and have dealt with. I started speaking at AA meeting and eventually moved to schools and for companies that feel my story would be inspirational to their people. I live my sober life in the hopes that by opening myself to the world, others will make it through their day the same way I make it through my day.
I want you to know that you are not alone out there. You can laugh, cry or feel any feeling you may be experiencing, but you don’t have to drink or drug to numb yourself to avoid those feelings. I also want to let the families and friends of alcoholics and addicts that they will make it through the very painful times they are dealing with. My family had to see me destroy myself to the brink death, but now we are together in sobriety and help each other out in tough times but make sure we appreciate the good days like today.
You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org