I started using alcohol at age 15 and it felt like the perfect solution to my childhood trauma and dysfunctional home life. My values changed almost immediately, and I went from having LDS background to the other end of the spectrum. I got a DUI when I was 16 and many underage alcohol misdemeanors. I was kicked out of high school and was ashamed that I had a GED and not a high school diploma. I was pregnant at age 18 and was able to stop drinking but started again shortly after my daughter was born. I didn’t have any more legal consequences after that first DUI, mostly because of luck. My biggest consequence from drinking was that it stunted my growth as a human being.

My recovery from alcohol has really been about recovering from the reasons why I drank, which I can address now that I am not drinking. My threshold for being unhappy was fairly low, in comparison to others’ stories. This is not to undermine or deny what I went through. I had withdrawal symptoms from alcohol, shitty relationships, and no sense of self. When people in AA say, “If I drink, I will die,” I don’t entirely relate. If I drink, I may die eventually and my disease will continue to progress, but more likely, I will be miserable in my existence. I won’t achieve my purpose, be connected to a higher power, or have fulfilling relationships. I have learned that my addiction to alcohol is a symptom of trauma, and drinking was merely a coping skill.  Alcohol worked very well to numb my pain and it helped me disassociate. I didn’t even know I was disassociating until I started my recovery journey. It becomes more and more apparent that I didn’t know how to cope with my feelings or know how to be comfortable in my skin.

My personal work and successes have been on self-forgiveness and love, forgiving others, learning healthy boundaries, and being the best mother possible. I am in recovery from alcohol and co-dependency. I am learning how to feel my feelings, cope with life, and stand up for myself and my worth. I live in Idaho, and I am a single mom to 3 amazing, beautiful daughters. I am so proud of myself for breaking the intergenerational patterns in my family.

My curiosity about sobriety started about 3 years ago. I started listening to podcasts in the beginning of my recovery and found The SHAIR Podcast with Omar Pinto. I loved his voice and his energy. I have found his interviews to have a profound impact on my ability to see my addiction as an opportunity and not a dirty secret. I eventually became a member of his FB group and then joined the SRC where I have connected with so many amazing people in recovery. I feel the SRC group has kept me sober.

I can access meetings via Zoom which has been crucial to me since I am at home with my kids and haven’t found an AA group in my community where I feel connected. The connection with others in the group has saved me from loneliness and isolation. I have found a sponsor in one of these groups who was willing to complete the 12 steps with me which has been transformational!  I am almost 5 months in my recovery from alcohol and 95% of the time, I don’t even think about drinking. I am so grateful for the SRC, the SHAIR podcast, my sponsor, the step work, and online recovery.

Who are you really?

What words do you use to label yourself?

What is your purpose in this world?

Most importantly, does this identity serve you?

Today we have Mark J. Silverman on the Recovery Revolution. He is a successful professional, coach, author, and the host of the Mastering Midlife Podcast.

He’s also a recovering alcoholic, drug user, and sex addict. After enduring a childhood of trauma, Mark was on a mission to destroy himself. Even when he got sober, he was designing his exit from this world.

Today, Mark is joyful and creative. He has let go of both the positive and negative identities he had for himself. The idea of “Mark” is no longer relevant to what he’s doing.

He’s not concerned with what other people think of him, and most importantly, he’s not concerned about what he thinks of himself.

He creates. All day, every day.

This is his messy journey from self-loathing to absolute freedom.

Mark J. Silverman

As a sales leader, Mark generated over $90 million in revenue for some of the world’s fastest growing high-tech companies. Having succeeded at the highest levels in business, he realized, through his own experience and that of his contemporaries, that success often comes at a cost in the form of health issues, self-sabotage and strained relationships. Since leaving the corporate world, Mark has dedicated himself to teaching Executives and Business Leaders how to succeed, beyond what they thought possible, in a sustainable and passionate way through his bestselling books, key note speeches executive coaching and The Mastering Midlife Podcast.

The Mastering Midlife Podcast

The Mastering Midlife Podcast explores life at its most stressful, and most productive.

Featuring conversations with experts in the field of Mental Health, Executive Leadership, Business, Health, Exercise, Nutrition, Sex and Relationship.  Midlife is a powerful time, and together we will learn to “thrive when the world asks the most of us.”

Links

Website:  www.markjsilverman.com

Twitter: mjaysilverman

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark22102/

 

MENTIONED EPISODE: SHAIR 193: The Meat Sack with Drew Canole


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