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Joe's Sober Living Success Story

Joe's Sober Living Success Story

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Sobriety Date: 09/24/2018
Age: 37
Drug(s) of Choice: Alcohol/Opioids
Alumni Interview Date: 05/01/2022

Now I have peace of mind and quality relationships with people that I never had before.

– Joe A.

Personal Background

I was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area and spent my childhood years playing sports, hanging out with my friends, and enjoying the outdoors.
Alcoholism was prevalent in my family, and my grandfather passed away from the disease before I was born. Both of my parents were heavy drinkers and drug use was not uncommon in my house growing up.
They divorced when I was 12, and I found myself with a lot more independence.

Recovery Background

By age 13, I was drinking and smoking marijuana. My substance abuse escalated when I was in high school, and I started experimenting with any other drug available.
At the age of 18, I discovered opioid painkillers, and quickly became dependent. In addition, I used alcohol daily.
My alcoholism progressed through my 20’s until I was constantly drinking to avoid withdrawal. By 30, I was having liver problems, hallucinations, and could barely function.
My health problems motivated me to seek treatment, but multiple detoxes and two residential stays proved inadequate, and I kept relapsing.
When I turned 32, I lost my career, my relationship, my home, and my family had cut off communication.

How were you introduced to the 12-step program and recovery?

I was familiar with AA because of the alcoholism in my family and attended my first meeting at age 25.

Joe's Journey at Real Recovery

How was your experience at Real Recovery?

It exceeded my expectations. It was my first time in sober living, and it provided a safe place for me to recover. The sense of community and fellowship was a built-in support system for me when I had nothing.

Was there anything that you did while you were in sober living that you think made a difference this time?

The difference was, I became willing to go to any lengths to stay sober, worked the program thoroughly and had the support of other alcoholics in recovery.

What was the hardest or most challenging step for you?

Step 2 was a challenge for me, because I struggled with accepting that I couldn’t fix this myself. It wasn’t until I fully understood what powerlessness meant, through Step 1 work, that I could believe that something outside myself could help me.

Was there a step or a point where you felt that things shifted or that you got the most relief from?

Step 4 and 5 because they allowed me to put down the baggage of my past and focus on the present.

After Real Recovery & Life In Sobriety Today

How’s life now?

Now I have peace of mind and quality relationships with people that I never had before.

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What three things/tips would you tell your past self or share with someone considering sober living/recovery?

  1. Don’t put a timeline on recovery
  2. Use the support of the community
  3. Enjoy your time there

Do you have a daily routine that helps you stay sober?

Talk to other people in recovery, pray, go to meetings, and do service work.

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