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.
What if you knew that not only are you capable of creating your own happiness, but also that you deserve it?
Today’s guest says we are destined to be happy if we get out of our own way. This is possible if we live for the will of our spiritual higher power instead of for the approval of others.
Jacob Evans is an admission coordinator for Treehouse Recovery, which has developed a cutting-edge recovery model called the “True Bio-Psycho-Social” program. He is also a Life Coach and the first-time father of a 3-month-old girl.
Jacob always felt a constant need for approval and a sense of accomplishment. He was an overachiever who didn’t know how to slow down … until he discovered Percocet.
He tried to get clean, but nothing gave him the tools for lasting sobriety until he found Treehouse Recovery. Since then he has cultivated his own personal spirituality that informs everything he does in his new, amazing life.
Listen to the story of his transformation!
About Jacob Evans
Jacob Evans is a professional coach, recovery coach, admissions counselor and has his drug and alcohol counselor education. Jacob has an entrepreneurial mindset and lends his talents to the place that saved his life Tree House Recovery.
Jacob studied law at WVU College of Law, receiving honors such as Student Body Vice President, Student Governor, Academic Advisor, serving as Chairman of the Board of Governors, Outstanding delegate three times over for the National Model United Nations conferences, just to name a few. He graduated with honors from WVU with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy for his undergrad.
During Jacob’s second year in law school he decided he needed to revamp his life and give up all substances and life practices that were not serving him. This journey was a tenuous one, but now he has found his passion for helping others prepare for everything.
Jacob uses his intimate knowledge of substance abuse, personal development strategies, life skills, and unique interventions to assist others in any facet of life they wish to improve upon. Jacob has helped individuals and their families combat addictions and other life struggles for 3 years. Jacob provides the guiding hand and structural framework that will result in anyone taking hold of their lives and becoming their truest selves.
It’s not my way, it’s God’s way.
About Treehouse Recovery
The reason most rehabs are ineffective is because they only attempt to treat the psychology of addiction, and talk therapy is not enough. Addiction is a very complex condition and we believe that treatment has to be as sophisticated as the patients we treat. That is why Tree House has developed a “True Bio-Psycho-Social” program. Our rehab is the only in the world that provides holistic recovery for the biology and social aspects of addiction. And our adaptive approach psychology is different than anything out there.
Free from addiction, Tree House graduates lead lives that they love. Lives that make their friends and families proud. Lives beyond sober. Lives without limits. Because we believe that simply removing substances is not enough, we equip clients with the skills and knowledge needed to live lasting, healthy, fulfilling lives. The empowered man who graduates our program has very little in common with the man who arrived on day one.
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