By the age of 23, I was already resigned to dying of my alcoholism. I was suffering from multiple mental health diagnoses, including anxiety, depression, and borderline personality disorder. My hair was falling out, I had holes in my stomach, and a third of my pancreas had been destroyed by my drinking. I was given a year and a half to live by my doctor.
Ten years later, I am now a recovery coach, an author, a speaker, a workshop facilitator, and an advocate for recovery. I run my own business and use the tools I mastered during my recovery to help others overcome not only addiction, but stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, and many more issues.
Recovery has given me the chance to become who I was always meant to be, and to help others do the same. Back in the dark days, I never believed I could experience such peace of mind as I do now. I never thought it would be possible to be so free. I never thought I would be helping other people to become free as well.
Recovery has given me choices that I never had access to before. It has given me the gift of gratitude and the ability to put things in perspective. Most importantly, it has given me the opportunity to give hope and healing to others in the same position I once was.
Recovery is a gift that keeps on giving—to me, the people close to me, and the community. When my message or my work helps one person to recover, their own recovery will also ripple out its positive effects into the world. You can’t beat that feeling—and it has made the journey worth it. Recovery rocks.