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.
Are your beliefs serving you?
Could they be keeping your from reaching your full potential?
Or worse, could these preprogrammed beliefs be destroying you?
Today’s guest is business coach and serial entrepreneur, Andrew Lassise. He hosts the Self Made & Sober Podcast and and is the founder of multi-million dollar company, Rush Tech Support.
Andrew talks about getting off autopilot, doing the important things, and using service as the foundation of success. He also shares how a person with a skeptic, logical brain can embrace spirituality.
It’s time to start asking yourself the right questions!
Self Made and Sober
With long-term sobriety, Andrew views the Self Made and Sober podcast as a bout of necessity for like-minded people trying to maintain sobriety while achieving more in their lives, whether it be personal, in business or spiritual.
Each episode features guests, people Andrew looks up to in sobriety, in business and in life. They discuss the ups and downs of their lives, how they achieved sobriety and success in all its many forms.
Andrew is a recovering alcoholic who always strongly believed the idea of god was fake and stupid. He thought the people who believed in god were stupid too. He was so against the idea of god, that he was willing to prove everyone wrong by diving into spirituality 100% and showing that it didn’t work.
Andrew began praying and meditating. He couldn’t deny that a spiritual practice greatly enhanced his life and made him a happier person in sobriety. His life was better materially as well as internally. He had to face the fact that there was something to believing in a higher power.
Though Andrew had always been a facts-driven guy, above that he was a results-driven person. He came to the conclusion that this aversion to religion and spirituality was an old belief his ego didn’t want to let go. He decided to stop caring how spirituality worked and instead of challenging it, he embraced it. He realized the truth was that he didn’t know everything, and he didn’t have to.
When Andrew let go and opened his mind, his whole conception of a higher power changed. He figured that even if it’s the placebo effect, having a spiritual practice worked and that was good enough for him.
Andrew Lassise’s Links
Rush Tech Support
Omar on Self Made and Sober
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