Pete is over a year sober
My name is Pete, and I’m an alcoholic, now gratefully sober for a year. I started drinking when I was twenty two, and was only an occasional drinker until my first divorce in 2009. Having watched alcoholism take lives in my family, I thought I’d be less likely to develop an addiction if I didn’t start until later, just like I thought I could control my drinking later on during my second marriage and divorce.
That kind of grandiose ego kept me from seeing the self destructive mess my life had become. Hitting rock bottom was the best thing that could have happened to me, because it forced me to see all the ways I had been dishonest, fearful, selfish and self seeking. Once I admitted how powerless I was and turned my will and life over to the care of God, I was able to begin the process of cleaning up the wreckage of my life and building something good from it.
Nothing’s perfect, and I’m not completely who I want to be yet, but I have a happiness, freedom, and peace that I didn’t before as I’ve learned to accept life on its own terms. If you are struggling with addiction or dependence of any kind, please reach out and get help. If I can do it, so can you.
-Recovery Rockstar, Pete