- Friends & Family
- Mental Health
Sixteen years ago, at age 38, I left a job, career, and active alcoholism behind. I entered an outpatient treatment program and found a new life with the same non-using friends and loved ones I had always had in my life.
I knew it was time for a change when I realized that I was losing the use of my hands and had lost visual depth perception due to nerve damage caused by chronic daily alcoholism.
I was entering late stage alcoholism and had drank my way out of a job and knew the last years of late stage alcoholism would be even more painful than the pain I was already finding unbearable.
My wife researched and found a treatment program for me. I went to enter into their inpatient program, but they only had space in their outpatient program. I entered their six-month outpatient program. During the day hours when I wasn’t in their program, I would go stay at The Marina Dry Dock AA Clubhouse in San Francisco. I found a great supportive recovery community and spent time with them and my supportive friends and loved ones. I went on state disability due to alcoholism and concurrent psychiatric diagnoses, including PTSD.
My life today is peaceful and content. It is filled with daily physical health, exercise, and personal spirituality. My life is full of friends and loved ones both “in recovery” and so called “normal drinkers” too.
Don’t wait– get sober today. The sooner you get sober, the sooner you will find happiness and contentment.