Name: Leo Avila
Sober Since: 01 / 20 / 2007
Sober For: 16 Years & 22 Days
What it was like?
Like most, (sober or not) life was full of ups and downs. Adding the drinking binges, job loss, hurt relationships and even some legal trouble into the mix made things unbearable at times. I was helpless and even homeless at one time. I became physically dependent on alcohol and the troubles in my life became more and more extreme.
My final binge led to a bad fall while getting out of the shower. I hit my head and lay unconscious for about 6 hours and almost bled out. I spent 2 weeks in ICU. It was during my hospital stay that I made the decision that I was done. I realized the hurt I was causing the people that still loved me despite my problems. Without wanting to sound cliche', it was the best thing that ever happened to me..I prayed desperately and know that my sobriety is due to divine intervention
What it is like now?
Life is still tough despite my sobriety but my faith in God is my strength. I have a wonderful supportive family and group of friends that are my accountability. I attribute groups like Sober Nation as a factor in my continued sobriety. God Bless All!