Rediscovering Joy After Alcoholism
From Dedicated Student to Party Girl
Growing up, Karry was a good kid—she was hard working and dedicated to school. In high school, she got great grades and became committed to drama and playing the flute. She was always too busy with her studies to party much, but after graduation, it felt like it was her time to finally let loose.
It turned out that Karry really liked partying and drinking. What started as a summer of fun quickly became a slippery slope.
The drinking really caught on, and drugs entered the picture for a few years as well. Drinking for fun after football games and at parties turned into Alcoholism. She eventually lost her scholarship and dropped out of college.
Drinking Until the Moment of Truth
Years later, she had become isolated from her family and was basically working just to pay for her addiction. Her boyfriend of five years had stopped drinking and she didn’t have her drinking friends around as much.
She was drinking daily, even at work, and had stopped doing the things she loved. Karry didn’t hike anymore or play music; her life revolved around Alcohol. Addiction will captivate you as the rest of your life crumbles, and this is what happened to Karry.
She had become a very unhappy person, and her boyfriend and family were concerned by her drinking. They suggested rehab, and she agreed just to please them.
Karry’s moment of truth was when her boyfriend found her sneaking a shot in the bathroom before they left to look at a treatment center, having bought a few and hid them from him.
Progress in Treatment for Alcoholism
That’s when she decided to change. Karry called the treatment center they visited later that day and checked herself in. In rehab, she became willing to do everything that was suggested of her. She found the drive and ambition she once had for school and used it in recovery.
From then on, she put all her energy into working the program. Karry started working with a personal trainer and the progress she made in her health inspired her more. She went from 220 pounds to 150, losing 70 pounds and gaining strength and muscle.
As she watched her body and life change, she regained confidence in herself. Now, she focuses on the little pleasures in life and finds purpose in the things she loves. She likes to dance as if no one is watching in her Zumba classes and finds value in the new relationships she fosters.
Never Too Late to Get Sober
In recovery, Karry rediscovered herself and what gives her joy in life. She recognizes how much power our decisions can have and the changes we can make if we are determined.
Recovery can seem daunting, but there are so many people who want to help you through. If you think you might have an addiction to Alcohol or any substance, you can rediscover your joy too. You may feel alone, but there are millions of people who are going through the same thing as you right now.
Call (866)578-7471 to talk to someone who has been where you are and wants to help you find your own journey to recovery.