Living a Double Life
Before I was able to finally get sober in 2007, I lived a double life. By day I was an ambitious, energetic marketing professional making six figures and driving a BMW.
By night I drank to excess seven days per week and often drove drunk. And don't get my started on the brain-melting hangovers I battled every morning for years! I lived on a steady diet of Tylenol and Alka-Seltzer just to get through the shaking and pain.
Over time I managed to derail my career as a result of my drinking, ruined several relationships, destroyed my health, and ended up flat broke.
Sobriety and Success
I began drinking early in life as a way to cope with insecurity, anxiety, and boredom.
Over the years my drinking escalated to the point where I was unable to stop on my own. I was living in Los Angeles at the time and trying to climb the corporate ladder to success (as I defined success at the time). I was stuck in a constant battle between my ambitions and my need to drink daily.
I was so frustrated by my inability to quit drinking (or to even slow down). I became exhausted and angry about the double life that I was living, which eventually lead to a nervous breakdown.
Nonetheless, I kept on drinking for several more years, nearly dying from alcohol poisoning along the way. I continued to hope and pray that some day I would get a handle on my drinking once and for all!
Finally, at the age of 43, I began to search for and finally found the help I needed to deal with my drinking problem. I had a lot of mentors in my recovery (and still do) and I'm forever grateful to each and every one them!
I lost a lot along the way before I was finally able to get sober. However, sobriety for me was a form of rebirth like it is for so many people. Since getting sober I have gone on to own several businesses, written five books about my experience in recovery, regained my health, got married, and bought my dream home in Reno, Nevada.
Not too shabby for a guy who used to sleep with a glass of whiskey next to the bed just to make it through the night shakes.
Today, I'm a Certified Sobriety Coach who absolutely loves helping other people regain their health, happiness, and ambition as a result of getting sober! I still do some freelance marketing from time to time, but my main focus is helping other people get and stay sober.
I also write and podcast about my journey (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and share how I've thrived no matter what life throws at me.
Sobriety is the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me!
I hope you're willing to explore the sober life as well.