One Year Sober: Why I Quit Drinking and How Sobriety Has Changed My Life

This is my new purpose in life moving forward, and I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity at a new start. Spencer has been with New Roads for over 12 years and is our Executive Director. Spencer came to New Roads initially as an intern and a recent college grad at age 40. Spencer suffered from alcoholism for years and spent some time in and out of treatment centers until he found the 12-step program that changed his life. Watch as Spencer shares his inspiring story with you. The Olympic swimmer with 23 gold medals was not immune to the effects of alcohol.

I came from living on the street for the better part of 6 years and associating with only people as sick (if not more so) as myself. I got to the point in my drinking where I accepted, I was destined to live life as a drunken alcoholic, and I would die that way. I came in answering the question of my relationship with my family as, “none”. From the outside, I did not appear to have a problem with alcohol. In fact, I was alcohol-free for the first six months of 2020. Alcohol did not impact my work responsibilities.

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Shortly this led to nearly daily drinking or smoking marijuana, which at times was easier to obtain. Despite my inspirational stories of sobriety increasingly frequent substance use, I excelled as a student. I prided myself on never missing a day of school.

  • It was the most difficult and most brave thing I have ever done.
  • I am now a very grateful recovering alcoholic.
  • Now with a new life, she has her confidence back.

Emotionally, I am able to not “take the bait” for arguments when my soon to be ex-husband is taunting me. I am able to share about my struggles and finally take suggestions from others in the program. I find I am blessed with grace on a daily basis. Thru this program I have been able to stay on my medications for depression and anxiety and am the most sober I have ever been.

Sobriety involves a grieving process.

It numbed away my massive insecurities and removed my inhibitions. I am a 29 year-old woman, a founder of a multi-million dollar business that has been featured in Bloomberg and Forbes. I have incredibly supportive friends and family.

Just like I talk about anything else going on in my life, this is a part of me. There are a lot of things I love in this world and sobriety is one of them, so I like to talk about that very openly. I don’t think it’s for everybody and I totally respect that. But for me, I think it’s important as a sober person to share this experience and how good it can be. Because a lot of people think we just kind of hide, like you get sober and then you’re just detached from the rest of the world.


“This was my opportunity to make changes or continue how things were before,” he said. On  January 11, 2010, McLeod was arrested on drug trafficking charges. And at the end of his sentence, he realized he faced a choice. “This time around has been the best that I’ve ever felt in my life,” he said.

What happens after 40 days sober?

Reduced anxiety, better sleep and increased energy and productivity top the list of benefits that participants typically experience, not to mention significant improvement in weight and body composition, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides and liver enzymes.

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