Sober Living and an Intervention

Without my parents, I would not be sober today. My parents have done everything for me growing up and are wonderful, loving and charismatic people. I truly cherish them and am eternally grateful to have them in my life, however my perception was skewed before having the clarity of mind I have since achieved through the steps.

Since a young age, everyone in my life identified that I had a problem through multiple drinking and using situations. However, I was not convinced that I was an alcoholic because I had a 4.1 GPA and was getting recruited by many schools to play college soccer. That was my excuse and the one thing that I was able to use to manipulate my parents with.

I see now that God intervened in my life. On 12/24/12, I decided to drive home blacked out drunk from a party at around 5 in the morning. I came to or regained consciousness around 6 – 7ish in the morning with my car split in pieces and the only thing left was my driver seat. I didn’t realize what had just happened, the cops showed up and I got a DUI blowing a 0.189.

This is where it all began, the path to sobriety and to being happy, joyous and free. I called my mom as soon as I got to Vista Detention Facility; she answered and said “what did you do now Greg?” I broke down the situation to her but it was one more time that I had to go to my parents for help and it was another time that my actions never matched with my words. They would not bail me out and I got released 4 days later because I agreed to come to New Life House Sober Living Los Angeles.

I was out of options and it was either hit the streets or get sober. I took sober living Los Angeles because I had a moment of clarity in jail and realized that I needed help and couldn’t believe what my life had come to in such a short amount of time. I had realized that if I did not get help, my life was going to keep consisting of jails, institutions, and death. But worst of all, I was going to keep feeling the same way and be in the same constant vicious cycle.

I am grateful for everything that my parents did for me. I am so glad that they did not buy in to my lies, dishonesty, and manipulation and they were smart enough not to enable me anymore. They came to terms that if I didn’t want to get sober, then I could hit the streets, but they were not going to watch me throw my life away. My sobriety date is 12/25/12 and I have not had a drink or drug since then. It is something that I didn’t think was possible or even something that I wanted; but due to having God and my parents in my life, I have gotten the gift of sobriety.

Without my parents, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to get sober or stay sober, as they are an active part of my recovery. I am grateful I have a loving, strong, caring, compassionate, supportive family and I wouldn’t trade then for anything in the world.

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