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.
Jesse Harless is the founder of Entrepreneurs in Recovery and the author of Smash Your Comfort Zone with Cold Showers: How to Boost Your Energy, Defeat Your Anxiety, and Overcome Unwanted Habits.
Jesse’s primary goal in life is to develop his intuition. He combines a comprehensive morning routine with radical self-care. Practicing these good habits has taken him to mind-blowing heights. You will be shocked when you listen to the utter destruction he has risen from. It’s a true testament to the powerful combination of personal development and addiction recovery.
Entrepreneurs in Recovery
Jesse’s ultimate mission is to create a community of individuals in addiction recovery who strive to reach their full potential, collaborate together, and shatter the stigma of addiction—and, of course, celebrate along the way. His platform, Entrepreneurs in Recovery is dedicated to people in addiction recovery whose mission is to elevate the lives of people who might be lost, stuck, or lack direction to gain clarity and live a life of purpose.
Smash Your Comfort Zone with Cold Showers
“Who knew that a simple turn of the dial on a daily ritual that all of us already partake in (well, hopefully all of us) can transform our lives? In Smash Your Comfort Zone with Cold Showers, Jesse Harless gives you what you might call a “not-so-obvious secret” that will boost your energy (almost immediately) while enabling you to defeat your anxiety and overcome any self-destructive habits. And it’s significantly easier than you might think.”
– Hal Elrod, international best-selling author, The Miracle Morning
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Jesse Harless invites us into his intimate journey from its beginning to present day. His experience living with multiple addictions from an early age highlights that being vulnerable in an unforgiving world can negatively impact anyone. Jesse learned to turn vulnerability into strength. Smash Your Comfort Zone with Cold Showers offers a thoughtfully candid panorama of his life, and of the human condition, in order to help readers to turn over rocks and dare to see the possibilities underneath.
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This book is about much more than turning a handle while bathing. Smash Your Comfort Zone with Cold Showers is about reclaiming your life, your recovery, your self-confidence, and your potential.
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