Name: Beau Ritter
Sober Since: 10 / 10 / 2017
Sober For: 4 Years & 226 Days
What it was like?
I started “recreational-using” when I was 21 or 22. I quickly learned that I couldn’t “just” use. The more time that went by the more intense the cravings got. Until about 2 years before I got sober. That’s when it got bad, started using every day, with very very small gaps between use.
In 2016, I decided to go to a rehab facility in Mississippi (I’m from Atlanta, GA). The experience was lackluster and didn’t really give me the tools to succeed. Once I got back after Christmas I stay sober for about a month then relapsed hard. I relapsed and had two seizures from using too much. The seizures dislocated my shoulder twice causing me to have surgery in April 2017. After surgery, I was still using despite the consequences until October 2017. I sought help, and with the support of my girlfriend, mother and family October 9th, 2017 was the last time I used. Making my sober birthday October 11th, 2017.
What it is like now?
It’s great! I’ve been sober for over a year now. The shoulder that I dislocated is back in full use (still a little weaker but I’m thankful to have full range of motion). I am one semester away from completing my Bachelors of Science degree. My girlfriend that helped me get here is still helping me stay here. Life is great!!