Robert Apple a recovery blogger and the founder of the Sober Apple Blog joins us today on The SHAIR Podcast.
Robert (Bob) Apple, currently lives in Santa Maria California, but lived in the Silicon Valley for forty years. He was married twice, had two great kids, a boy and a girl. He worked many years for UPS. He also owned several businesses; video store, video production, a bar (not as much fun as you think), and had a partner in four Quizno’s franchises.
Several years ago, at the age of 55 years old, he became addicted to alcohol, and prescription drugs. His life began to unravel and was forced to retire from his job at UPS after 27 years as a driver. He became an absolute mess and had become someone he could barely recognize. His behavior was erratic, a chronic liar, undependable, aimless, and lonely. His family and friends could no longer take what he was doing to himself and stayed away.
Clean Date: January 28, 2014
A month after he retired from UPS, he entered his first of three rehabs. He couldn’t seem to understand why he couldn’t stay sober. When he got out of the last rehab, he knew if he drank again or took drugs he would die. The problem was, he didn’t know how to stop. He always had the best intentions when he would leave rehab, but as soon as life got tough he would start the cycle over again.
Finally out of desperation, Bob made the decision to live in a Sober Living Home. He lived with 16 other people in a Sober Living Home for over two years. He worked very hard to stay sober and change his life. Living in a Sober Living Home saved his life. Being sequestered away from all things familiar to him was key to my recovery. He began to thrive again as a person instead of being stuck and hopeless.
He went from a client to the House Manager after about five months. The house had an unexpected change in management and Bob was asked to take over as house manager. He reveled in my new position as house manager and loved helping others. It was these two years of managing a Sober Living Home that gave him a unique perspective about addiction. In his time as a manger, he had the opportunity to live with many other people (over 60).
This experience has brought Bob to where he is today, blogging about sobriety and sober living. His goal is to be able to share his experiences of addiction, recovery, rehab, and Sober Living Homes, in the hopes that it may help others.
Join us now as Bob takes us through his battle with Drugs and Alcohol and his inspiring journey into recovery. You don’t want to miss this episode!
See you then!
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