Thank you for joining me! My name is Dirk Foster. As a recovery coach and author, I want to share with you everything I've learned over the last 15 years as a recovering alcoholic and addict, and what it takes to live a full and rewarding life in recovery.
Learn, Grow, and Thrive in Sobriety
If you want to get sober, stay sober, or want to increase your health and happiness in sobriety, I want to share with you what I've learned in my own sober journey.
Allow me to briefly share my story of addiction and recovery.
My first experience with alcohol occurred when I was 12 years old. A friend and I got our hands on a six pack of Schlitz Malt Liquor, the big, tall cans. It was a hot, summer day and we pounded three cans each in rapid succession. I clearly remember how amazing and powerful I felt as soon as the buzz hit my young brain.
This was the magic potion that would solve all my fears and insecurities. Alcohol was the bravery juice I need to face life.
When my mom came home from work, she found her little boy passed out drunk with a layer of vomit down the front of his shirt. The hangover and shame I experienced was awful and humiliating. I promised myself that I would never, ever drink again. Never! Ever! That promise lasted about two weeks.
For the next 30 years I continued to chase after that feeling of power and strength. Over the coming decades I drank and took copious amounts of drugs, always making futile promises to myself that I was going to stop. Some day.
The last year of my drinking was a living hell. There’s no other way to describe it. I was 43 years old, flat broke and living alone in crappy one bedroom apartment in Los Angeles. I drank every day, consumed large quantities of cocaine, and had few friends.
I was living a life of quiet desperation. I was sick physically, mentally, and spiritually. I had been arrested once and had visited the hospital on multiple occasions because of alcohol poisoning and panic attacks. I had burned down every meaningful relationship in my life.
Worst of all I had lost all faith in myself, in others, and in life.
I was drowning in an ocean of addiction and despair. It wasn’t until I found the courage to cry out for help that I was rescued from the alcoholic death that was waiting for me, a form of slow suicide that has killed many others.
On December 9th, 2007, I was extremely hungover and sick and tired of being sick and tired!
I made the decision to finally ask for help. I called a friend who was working on his own sobriety in a twelve step program. He took me to the first of many meetings that I have attended over the last 15 years. I haven’t had a drop of alcohol since, and I pray that I never have another one.
Today, I live in Reno, Nevada. I’m married to my beautiful wife, Dany. Together we are blessed to own a home. I am healthy. I am a certified sobriety coach. And I write books about my experience in recovery. My books and podcast are intended to help anyone who is in the process of either getting sober or trying to stay sober.
I wish you well on your sober journey!