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02 Oct Fun in Sobriety for Young Adults

Often we can feel quite alone when recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, but the truth is that many of us have families that want to offer support. Often they just don’t know what to do, or they may think we don’t want their help. Once we open those lines of communication, we find that our families do want to support us – and with their support, we have a greater chance of preventing a relapse and keeping our recovery on track

Attraction, attraction, attraction! Sobriety has got to be attractive and one ultimately needs to feel good and excited towards their recovery. This excitement towards new growth and experiences replaces the empty void many addicts and alcoholics once filled with drugs and alcohol. Fortunately, these days there are recovery centers and support groups that are geared towards young adults.

Young men and women benefit from participating in a community of like-minded people they can relate to and identify with. Being new in recovery, young adults need to feel a sense of belonging as they begin to change their old lifestyles and behaviors. Southern California is home to some of the biggest recovery communities for young adults. These recovery communities are 12 Step based meetings and fellowships that host exciting young people events and activities regularly.

Social stigmas and pressures influence young adults greatly. Most young addicts and alcoholics associate with peers who share similar lifestyles and interests. Now in recovery, young adults need new friends who share the same priorities and lifestyles as well. Peer support isn’t just important to a successful recovery, it is attractive as well.

Young adults need to have fun. If one couldn’t have fun in sobriety, they would not stay sober. Fortunately, there are events, activities, dances and fellowships for young adults in sobriety all over Southern California. Coupled with a support system, young adults learn that they can have fun in sobriety and participate in a community that is based around healthy living.

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When I got sober I didn’t know anything about myself, what I liked or what I was passionate about. I used my time in early sobriety to figure this out and today, I am lucky enough to work in a field that I love. Today, I walk into work every day happy and excited for the challenges ahead. I get to travel all over the world opening restaurants and doing what I am passionate about. I am truly blessed and thankful for everything that New Life House has given me. None of my life would be possible without what I learned in the house.  

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Do you think being asked to wait to start working had an impact on your recovery?

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When I got sober I didn’t know anything about myself, what I liked or what I was passionate about. I used my time in early sobriety to figure this out and today, I am lucky enough to work in a field that I love. Today, I walk into work every day happy and excited for the challenges ahead. I get to travel all over the world opening restaurants and doing what I am passionate about. I am truly blessed and thankful for everything that New Life House has given me. None of my life would be possible without what I learned in the house."

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A few days before I got sober I came to terms that my best thinking at the time lead me down a path that I no longer wanted to head down. Thankfully I had been introduced to New Life House as well as AA from previous attempts to get sober and I knew that I could not continue to use and drink. I am forever grateful to the house for allowing me back in and showing me how to have the life I have today. I wanted to thank my friends, family and New Life for the continued love and support. I continue to maintain my sobriety each day by turning my will over to my higher power and utilize what I have learned through AA and the house.  My favorite phrase in AA is “keep it simple” because as soon as I quit over-thinking my problem the solution becomes clear.

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Happy big 15 years sober to Mark D!

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Happy big 15 years sober to Mark D!

"Without a doubt New Life House was the single greatest thing that has ever happened to me. Not even close. 15 years ago I showed up a broken, fearful, angry kid. The staunch approach at character building transformed me into a guy full of confidence and decency. It's funny to think back to a time when I thought things like a college degree was only reserved for normal people, something way out of my reach. I will be forever grateful not only for what New Life House has done for me but more importantly for my family. Endless thanks to Mike J and Dave L in particular and to all the guys who worked tirelessly throughout all these years to keep this thing of ours going."

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Jeannie Lynn Peters-PesnerWhat a great role model you are to all the young guys that are broken and will soon be fixed with the help of New Life

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Karen Ann Beaumont15 years is amazing & I am so very happy for you. I am also grateful for you & your story. It was you telling your story at Will's group when the New Life guys come down that helped to save my son's life. I pray that you continue on this path & keep telling your story. Take care & God bless.

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Congratulations on 5 years sober to Nick A!

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Congratulations on 5 years sober to Nick A!

"Five years ago I was broken. New Life House helped put me back together again. Although I worked very, very hard, I don't take much credit for my life today. It was the effort of a great number of remarkable people. Thank you New Life House, AA, and my family for giving me tools to live a truly incredible life."

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Carole Castro ShirreffsCongrats Nick and a BIG thank you for all that you've done for us and continue to do for others! May God bless you with many more years!

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Karen Ann Beaumont5 years how wonderful for you. This is a big mile stone on your journey. I will pray that God will continue to guide your path . Take care & God bless.

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Carolyn BreckenridgeCongredulations Nick you look wonderful. I'm so proud of you ! It's not easy but you have found the courage. God Bless you always!

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Michelle McShane GaonaCongratulations Nick! You are and continue to be inspirational. Your smile says it all- life is good!!!!

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Celia PortillaCongratulations Nick I give thanks to God to give you the courage and the strength to stay sober.

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Mason RowlandCongratulations brother. Grateful for you

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Marlene Rodriguez KatriadakisI love all the stories keep it strong

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Darsi Mason WishnackCongrats, Nick! Thanks for helping others, too, and a hug to your Mom!!

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Roberta Lenner LermanCongratulations Nick. You are so awesome and an inspiration to so many!

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Katherine Norman HinschCongratulations Nick! And Thank YOU for all you do for those in need. 😇

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Elly Karam SutphenYou are amazing Nick and an inspiration to all! Congratulations!

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Jeff ShriverHappy Birthday Nick, enjoy you special day.

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Rory EdwardsHappy Birthday Nick!!!!°

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Sheri Lewis MillerHappy birthday Nick!!!

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