17 Dec There Is Hope, For I Have Found It
When I was younger, I wanted to be a doctor or a secret agent; never would I have thought that I would end up being an alcoholic or addict. No one dreams this could happen to them or someone they love, but this disease is insidious, it’s powerful, and it wants to take your life. Hi, my name is Chelsea; I am from Pickerington, Ohio (right outside of Columbus) and I’m 23 years old. On September 9th, 2012, I had my last drink, and the following day, I joined a life of recovery. At 23, I figured I would have been graduated from college and working a grown up job in an office somewhere, but the life I have today is so much better than I could have ever imagined. I am a Marketing Director and Addiction Specialist for Recovery Society, and soon to be a licensed interventionist. I get to help people get help with their addictions every day, and it’s such a rewarding life to live. I was recently asked to share my story on NBC 4, spreading the message that there is hope, and a better life for those who are still struggling with this disease.
It took me 6 months and 5 times in treatment to get it in my head that I wasn’t like other people; I couldn’t drink like a “normal person” and abusing painkillers wasn’t normal at all. When I finally opened my ears and my mind, something inside of me awakened. I began working steps with a sponsor and worrying about others. All I wanted to do was help others, so I did everything I could (and still do today) to let people know how great recovery is.
My life has done a complete 180 from what it was in active addiction. I’ve gained my family back; I’m able to be a daughter and a sister today. I’ve learned how to open my heart and care for others, instead of putting them down and hurting them. I’ve learned that optimism and acceptance can change your day in the matter of a second, and that the only thing I have power over is myself and my actions. I’ve learned that to drink or drug is to die, and with this life in recovery, I’ve got the chance to finally live. I’m no longer just “existing,”
I’m living. I’m alive and free, and you all can be too.