Category: Recovery Stories

On September 23, 2015

What to do, what to do

I was applying for an associate judgeship and the application asked if I had ever been treated for alcoholism or drug addiction. I had never been in a treatment facility but I had seen a psychiatrist briefly when I realized I needed help in getting sober. I asked someone whom I respected and he said,
On September 23, 2015

Trading Addictions

Like many alcoholics I traded my alcoholism for another addiction. Sadly, I chose to ignore the warning given by Dr. Russell Smith about trading one addiction for another. It was in 1978, but in so many ways it feels like it was just last week. All the patients were gathered in the Chapel at Brighton Hospital
On September 23, 2015

The Gift of Sobriety

I have been practicing law now for 14 years. I have a wife and a young daughter. I consider myself a very lucky person. I have so many things to be thankful for in my life like my family, friends, work colleagues, work and health. I am also very grateful to the Lawyers’ Assistance Program,
On September 23, 2015

My Eating was Out of Control

My eating was out of control. Every Sunday I promised to be “good” and start another diet but usually within days (or less) I was back to binging. Days of controlled under-eating would be followed by over-eating which was then followed by shame, remorse, and weight gain. As a perfectionist, I exercised to lose weight. But,
On September 23, 2015

My College Drinking Followed Me

My story starts during my first year away from home to attend college. I went to a school that was notorious for binge drinking and quickly made friends who were part of the “party crowd.” Although I seemingly drank just as much as the people I surrounded myself with, I ended up in a lot
On September 23, 2015

Many Struggle with Mental Illness

There are many people in the workplace who struggle with mental illness. The goal of this story is to remove the stigma associated with them. Because identifying and owning up to the illness is the most important step to dealing with it, I think that stigma should not be attached to someone who is willing
On September 23, 2015

It was Simply Business

My business required that I drink and meet clients in bars or at odd hours and have a drink and discuss their case. I was a solo practitioner and did fairly well. I was of service to my clients, happily married, active with my children’s activities, church, and scouting. What was a happy busy life
On September 23, 2015

It was about So Much More than Loosing Weight

My name is CJ and I am a compulsive overeater. I attended my first Overeaters Anonymous meeting on September 22, 2009. I found the love and kindness at that first meeting a bit overwhelming, but I was willing to follow directions and “Keep coming back.” I went to OA looking for a diet club, but what
On September 23, 2015

I’m Not Depressed… I said to anyone who cared

“I’m not depressed, I said to anyone who cared about me.” A good few months each year, often in very early spring or late winter, I would admit that I had some sort of seasonal affective disorder. But depression, no. It’s referred to as denial and, maybe like alcoholism, denial is a key factor when
On September 23, 2015

I Was 25 Years Old and Thought My Life was Over

I was a binge drinker from the day I started at 16 years old, but I loved it and could get away with it when my responsibility level was low. College was a blur. When I was finally enrolled in law school and started cashing huge student loan checks, my financial problems seemed to be solved.