Hi friends. A very warm welcome to Alcohol Free Me, a website created to encourage discussion about the disease of alcoholism and the impact it has on friends and families of alcoholics. I am an alcoholic and have struggled for 20 years with an addiction to alcohol and other drugs and it's only now, after experiencing and causing destruction at every turn, that I am enjoying a life free from the restraints of addiction. The damage to relationships and to myself has been shocking, culminating in a broken marriage and a desperation that I have never felt before and certainly do not want to feel again. I came to Cape Town, South Africa to get clean and sober and it has been a journey that has taken over a year to this point (at time of writing) where I can smile and say that life is good. Something I've never experienced before. I feel stuff and I deal with stuff. Again, something I've never done sober before. I'm shocked at how bad it got but it can and does get better for many like me. I am fortunate to be in a hot country with the most amazing friends. This site is here to encourage discussion and it's not only for alcoholics like myself, it is for people suffering from all addictions, process addictions and eating disorders because in the recovery community it doesn't matter what the addiction is, we are all suffering from the same disease and can all support one another. I have vast access to addicts in recovery as they make up most of my close friends. I do not profess to be an expert and although I have had 10 years experience working in the drug and alcohol field, being an alcoholic is the most useful and real experience one can get! I'm just an alcoholic trying to help other drug addicts and alcoholics, and their families, understand and make steps to overcome their addiction. I work with some of the best rehabs in Cape Town and I look forward and encourage input from addicts and their families. Although I have a blog on here, it is not about me, it's about addicts everywhere. I am alcohol free, I'm freed from alcohol and I like the alcoholfreeme.com.
This was originally started 6 years ago when I was new in recovery and probably a little naïve. I relapsed, it got immeasurably worse before it got better and now I am sober for approaching 4 years I think looking back and not changing anything about the stuff I wrote at that time is important. It was my journey, it hasn't been easy but now, life is good again and I still love the alcoholfreeme.com.