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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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Congratulations to New Life alumni Chris H. on his college graduation from UC Davis! The sky is the limit once we get sober and put in the work to recover.

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Happy 9 years sober to Chase T! Seeing alumni rebuild their lives is an inspiration to so many of us.

"I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for the life I have today. Around this time each year, I think back to what my life was like those last months and weeks before making the decision to do something different. It's hard to imagine the person I was 9 years ago, but it's important for me not to forget. Thank you New Life House for providing the safe and structured environment I needed that first year of my recovery. It's awesome to be an alumni of such an amazing place. Thank God for Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 steps! My life is full of amazing individuals who help me be the best husband, father, son and friend I can be. Much love to you all!"

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Chantel ThayerI am so proud of you brother!!! You are an amazing brother, husband, father and so many other things. I love you so much and happy that I am your sister!😘

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Pam Haslem DanaCongrats Chase! What an inspiration you are to anyone struggling with something that seems bigger than them! Happy 9 years!

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Randy PalmerI'm happy for you brother. We've been sober long enough to qualify for life insurance...lol

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Marlene Rodriguez KatriadakisCongrats keep it strong!!! I love these stories it gives me hope for my son

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Darsi Mason WishnackCongratulations and thank you for the help you've given so many in the past!!

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Carolyn BreckenridgeYou look wonderful Chase, what a great journey. May God bless you always!

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Brian O'SheaChase T!!! You are a powerful example All the Blessings and Promises !!! Well deserved !!! Grateful for YOU!!!

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Anne Taylor- HoldawayThank you Chase!! I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am for you and your whole family!!! Darlene Thayer and I go way back!! To see this picture of you and your wife and to know you chose her is priceless!! God Bless You!! ❤️❤️

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Happy 5 years sober to Howard B!

Im overwhelmed with gratitude today for God, New Life House, AA and my family for all the love and support I have been blessed with. I remember coming out of detox shaking, sweating and unable to look anyone in the eyes. I didnt have any friends left to wonder where I went when I went into the house and I felt hopeless and alone. Fortunately I had a family that gave me one more shot. New Life introduced me to AA and showed me what it meant to be a man. How to show up for people around me, live my life with integrity, and most importantly start thinking about someone other than myself. Today I have lots of really cool material stuff that I never had before I got sober, but more importantly, I have character, love and a purpose. A huge thanks to Mike J, the rest of the New Life staff and all of the alumni that came before me and showed me through their behavior what it meant to be a good person. I cant wait to see what the future brings.

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Happy 5 years sober to Howard B!

"I'm overwhelmed with gratitude today for God, New Life House, AA and my family for all the love and support I have been blessed with. I remember coming out of detox shaking, sweating and unable to look anyone in the eyes. I didn't have any friends left to wonder where I went when I went into the house and I felt hopeless and alone. Fortunately I had a family that gave me one more shot. New Life introduced me to AA and showed me what it meant to be a man. How to show up for people around me, live my life with integrity, and most importantly start thinking about someone other than myself. Today I have lots of really cool material stuff that I never had before I got sober, but more importantly, I have character, love and a purpose. A huge thanks to Mike J, the rest of the New Life staff and all of the alumni that came before me and showed me through their behavior what it meant to be a good person. I can't wait to see what the future brings."

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Laurie FoegeWe are so proud of you!! You have worked so hard and continue to live your life with strength, dignity, and compassion while encouraging everyone around you!! Love you!!

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Megan FoegeSo proud of you!! What an awesome accomplishment! Such an insanely difficult hurdle to jump over. You are incredibly strong and brave! Keep inspiring, educating, and mentoring those around you!! I have such an incredible cousin who has beat all odds!!!! I love you!! Be well, be safe, and "live it lite!"

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Stacey WestHappy Birthday Howard. You are a living testimony to the other young men and I am thankful for the help and guidance you offer to them and us parents! Congrats!

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Darsi Mason WishnackCongratulations, Howard, for what you have accomplished for yourself, but also for being a wonderful mentor to so many other young men! Thank you, thank you!!!

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Jackie WattsonYour inspiring story brings hope to all of people who are still struggling with this disease. Happy Birthday and God Bless you.

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Sheila Roberts BaughanCongratulations Howard!!! So very happy for you and thank you for your great example!!!

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Linda Rosten EnyeartHappy Birthday! You are an inspiration to those who are struggling!!

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Michelle McShane GaonaHoward, you inspire many by being the you God intended you to be! Congratulations

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Carole Castro ShirreffsYou are an inspiration and we are all blessed to have crossed paths with you!

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Carolyn BreckenridgeI'm so proud of you. You look wonderful. May god bless you always!

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Michele Baker HagstromHappy happy birthday Howard. You are an inspiration to many. Keep on trudging this road to happy destiny. Luv ya lots.

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Katherine Norman HinschHey Howard! So proud of you, are a true testimony to spirituality and helping others. So happy to know you! Big #5

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Roberta Lenner LermanHappy 5 years, Howard! You are such an inspiration to so many! We are so grateful for all you've done and continue to do.

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Robert HinschHey Howard, congratulations. Your an inspiration to all of us..

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Connie YurczykCongratulations Howard...and many more.

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Dana Young SarukCongratulations Howard. Sooo proud of you.

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Patricia JohnsonCongratulations Howard! You are amazing.

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Marlene WaltersCongrats how wonderful ! Inspiring story

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Carol ChampagneCongratulations!!!

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Tammy LoweAwesome great job

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Letty Portilla-EuforaCongratulations Howard !!! 🎉🎉

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This past year has held a lot of new experiences for me. I have been fortunate to dive deeper into my self-discovery, spirituality and life fulfillment. I have been able to do some incredible things professionally, pursue new ambitions and connect with some amazing people along the way. I get to be the man I always wanted to be - right now and today! All of these things are possible because of the foundation I built while at New Life House. Thank you!

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"This past year has held a lot of new experiences for me. I have been fortunate to dive deeper into my self-discovery, spirituality and life fulfillment. I have been able to do some incredible things professionally, pursue new ambitions and connect with some amazing people along the way. I get to be the man I always wanted to be - right now and today! All of these things are possible because of the foundation I built while at New Life House. Thank you!"

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Karen Ann Beaumont6 years that's terrific. I'm so very happy for you. I know this was not an easy road for you when you began this new journey but l'm glad for you that you did take this path that God has you on. Take care & God bless.

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Kim FlearyCongratulations, Josh!

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New Life House graduate Brett M. getting barreled in the South Bay! 

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Chase Anthony MarkhamIn there!

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