John Beliveau | A #WeDoRecover Story
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John Beliveau
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By the time I set out on my journey of recovery, my life had spiraled out of control. I knew if I didn’t act soon, death would surely be knocking on my door. My life changed dramatically as soon as I swallowed my pride and reached out for help.

My addiction stemmed from using alcohol to deal with my obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Drinking provided relief for a while, but after the effects had worn off, I would be in the same place I was when I started, or worse. My destructive behavior made the lives of everyone in my family hell. They were constantly worried about me and anxious not knowing what was next. They couldn’t watch my destruction any more and began to detach with love. The insanity of my addiction pulled me away from almost everyone I loved.

In active addiction, life felt like being on a rollercoaster, and no matter what I did I couldn’t get off.

When I finally entered Ambrosia’s alcohol rehab center in Florida, the miracle of sobriety began. The education I received about the disease of addiction opened my eyes. I found a clear and defined path in which to follow to help me be an accountable, responsible person again. I am also equipped with knowledge about relapse and the importance of having a plan and priorities in sobriety. Even though I have had some bumps in the road along the way, my recovery is stronger than ever before because of them.

The process and the structure demonstrated by those who came before me is a huge motivator and helps me focus on my problem and what I can do about it.

By playing an active role in my 12-step fellowship, I learned that I must turn my will and my life over to a power greater than myself to succeed. As soon as I let go of control and accepted my circumstances, my life got better. I have solidified my recovery by becoming active in my area and being involved in my group. I’m a proud business owner, and I get to employ people. I have learned how to keep what I have in recovery by giving it away. For me, being able to share what I have learned with newcomers is the best part of sobriety.

I recently celebrated my 8-year anniversary, which is a such an amazing feeling. I plan to stay the course in my recovery by being a giver and not a taker. I have a life today that’s better than I could have ever imagined, so I have a duty to show the next person who is struggling that it can be done. I’m 53 years old, living the sober life with my five kids in New Hampshire. I am the perfect example of “God can do for you what you cannot do for yourself.”

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