Name: Beau Ritter

Age: 29

Sober Since: 10 / 10 / 2017

Sober For: 6 Years & 145 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.

What happened?

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!!

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