No one is ever to young to get sober, start recovery and live a successful life in active recovery. I have personal experience with this as I was 23 the first time I went to treatment. I felt sorry for myself and viewed sobriety through a negative perception focusing on the fact that I could never drink again. That was all I could think about and was worried about. I continued to think after I got out of treatment of how I could drink again and keep it under control. I remained sober for the first year and it wasn’t easy. I pretty much isolated myself from my friends and become an introvert, which wasn’t who I truly was. I didn’t realize then, what I know now, is that recovery is a way of life. Recovery is about not feeling sorry for yourself and changing your perception about the adversity / challenges / addiction / habitual habit you may have. Being a dry-drunk was what I became and I was spiteful to watch people drink and know that I couldn’t. In becoming a dry-drunk after my first stay in treatment, I was remaining sober for all of the wrong reasons. The first and foremost reason was that I didn’t want to let my family down.
In my experience, remaining sober for others only lasted a year and a couple months. I have a false reality that I was young and was just making bad choices which led to me becoming out of control with my drinking. I honestly felt that I had the right to start drinking again because the first time I had a problem was when I was in my early 20’s, which was a rationalization that I knew wasn’t true. I started to question my drinking in my late teens and would do anything to be able to keep drinking. I knew if I got behind the wheel of a car and got a DWI, I would be toast or if I got put in jail for being publicly intoxicated it would give others a reason to challenge my drinking. I actually became a hermit in my early 20’s, after college, because I knew I couldn’t go anywhere or do anything without catching the attention of others or waking up the next morning knowing I made some bad choices. If I knew then, what I know now about the true essence of recovery, my life would have been a little different, but it wasn’t and I firmly believe that led me to the strong person I am today.
Younger people can survive and sustain a life of sobriety and recovery, as it is a fact. Teen’s and young adults do it all of the time, but it is about perception and truly knowing yourself and how recovery works. Not every person’s path of recovery is the same, as it shouldn’t be because everyone has had different experiences in life. What works for me, may not work for others, but it’s okay, as long as where are all traveling down a similar journey to remain in recovery. Sobriety and recovery is not about feeling sorry for yourself. It is about filling yourself with strength, power and faith in knowing that you deserve a great life.