Jacob recalls having anxiety and feeling out of place as a kid and for a time he was able to mask these feelings by playing football.
He said, “When I put on my helmet all of those negative feelings went away.”
Eventually, he went on to play in college but recalls feeling as if he had lost his identity when an injury prevented him from playing the game he loved.
This loss started a spiral into drug use which landed Jacob in hospitals and institutions.
After going to his second treatment center in 2016, Jacob began following the suggestions and working the 12 Steps in Alcoholics Anonymous.
Jacob now has over 3 years of sobriety, is happily married, and is helping those who are newly sober navigate recovery through his platform The Sustained Life.
He also recently authored the book Recovered: How an Unsustainable Addiction Led to a Sustained Life which uncovers many unanswered questions asked by so many afflicted with this disease.