Sober Since: 11 / 10 / 2004
Sober For: 17 Years & 196 Days
What it was like?
It was my second time around. I first got sober at 22 after starting drugs and alcohol when I was around 12 years old. I stayed sober for eight years and then went back out for another 10. I’ve now been sober for nearly 16 years. Life is so much better and richer when sober.
I was hiding alcohol around the house. One day during the day I came home from work and polished off nearly a complete bottle of scotch. My wife and I used to keep it in a really nice decanter. She surprised me one Tuesday when she came home after a very stressful day and went to pour her self a drink. My wife only drank on the weekends. Earlier in the day I had filled the bottle with tea which looked to be the same color. I was going to replace the bottle the next day. When she poured her self a drink I nearly shit myself. When she took a sip and realized it was not alcohol she started to cry. I realize it was time to stop drinking and quite frankly I was ready. But it definitely damaged our marriage.
What it is like now?
Sobriety is a big part of my life. I work in the health and fitness industry and I see so much addiction and I’m grateful to be sober.