Dan headed to Hollywood to live a glamorous life as an actor, but never earned enough to pay his bills. He even ended up homeless at some point. One day, after injuring his back, he realized he could no longer afford to pay his doctor bills. His chiropractor agreed to only treat him further if he sought proper help for his spending habits.
Peritz was adopted into an Orthodox Jewish family. He always felt different and never looked like others in his family. His parents were not drinkers, but he started drinking at 13. The first time he drank he got so drunk he remembered nothing. He swore he wouldn't drink again. Eventually, he did like drinking and the way it made him feel. Hear Peritz's riveting story of how he drank occasionally to drinking every day and becoming homeless--something that didn't ever happen in his family, and how he was able to stop drinking and remain sober for over 2 years with the help of his friends in A.A.
She drank because it made her feel good...she was the life of the party...and she loved it. Vomiting in college was a big part of her story. She didn’t think there was anything wrong with it. She drank to get drunk, and drank a lot. She grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home and never met an alcoholic in her life.. She was the youngest of 5 children and no one really knew she had a drinking problem. Hear Devita's unbelievable story of how she went from making bad mothering decisions, embarrassing her family because of her behavior and sleeping the day away, to living a life beyond her wildest dreams, enjoying motherhood, and can't wait to wake up in the morning to see what the day will bring.
Charlie got sober at 19 years old. He didn’t realize he didn’t have a “normal relationship with alcohol” until he went to rehab. He went to rehab because people were after him for the money he owed them. He had his first drink at 12 years old. He started doing drugs because they were easier to get than alcohol. Listen to Charlie's amazing story of how he went to drinking and smoking pot every day, to a life beyond his wildest dreams.
Tom got sober at 21 years old. He didn’t have his first drink until he was 16. Growing up, he always wanted to be an alcoholic—it seemed cool to him. His dad was an alcoholic. In high school, he got in with a group of kids that drank. He looked up to his dad but his alcoholism got worse. His father was a cop, and everyone loved his dad. His dad was “always the life of the party” and he wanted to be just like him. Listen to Tom's riveting tale of how he became just like his dad, and how he learned that his wish was something that would certainly kill him.
Meghan recalls how she spent her life in high school trying to impress her peers. She had her first drink at age 16, which years later when entering recovery she believed was too late in life to be considered an alcoholic. Her teenage drinking lead to a manic existence; experimenting with drugs and dangerous behavior but also trying to maintain her grades, even into college.
He grew up in the 1970's and drank and did drugs with his friends, however, he was always able to stop before things got out of hand. With Crystal Meth he was unable to stop. He felt "normal" on crystal meth because he had undiagnosed ADD. He was in his early 40's before it was discovered. On Crystal meth, his world "imploded". He eventually took crystal meth intravenously. It's all he did and thought about. His world became very small.
Eventually, he hit rock bottom and knew he had to get sober. He didn't show up for work for 3 days. His co-workers called the police. He still wasn't ready to stop. He also realized he had a sexual addiction. He knew he needed help as he "blew through $40,000." Someone recommended that he attend a 12 step meeting, and he did. It was there he began "his road to recovery" and has, miraculously, been sober since.
He was what you call a "double winner"--a person involved in two fellowships. Andrew was an alcoholic and the adult child of an alcoholic. His dad was a psychiatrist and always "knew what was best for the family"--or so he thought.
He was a child of divorce and would go back and forth between the two of them. Each parent thought the other parent was "evil" and let Andrew know that. This caused him a tremendous amount of anxiety. When he first drank, he was able to "block out all the negative feelings brought on by his parents". Eventually, the drinking and drugs turned him into a high school dropout who was kicked out of his families' home. But life, with it's twists and turns, changed for Andrew. Click here to listen to his incredible story of inspiration and transformation.
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