Finally Understanding Alcoholism
In Episode 73 of Far From Finished, Colin talks about what he is grateful for in recovery. His recovery has been a mixture of meetings, therapy and delving into his childhood. He considers his gift of writing to have been the most instrumental.
American Addiction Centers (AAC) presents “Far From Finished,” a weekly podcast that shares the real-life stories of people who survived substance use to thrive in recovery.
Colin was 15 years old when he got drunk for the first time at a bar. He was an alcoholic from the outset. He had no fear of becoming one. At an early age there wasn’t a real sense of morality for Colin to deal with. His life was fun and games. By the time he was 23, Colin was in pain — physically, mentally, and spiritually. At a certain point he was 115 pounds and his liver was damaged and swollen. Once the drinking began, he didn’t know where it was going to take him. His addiction would continue until a beautiful day in Manhattan would forever change Colin’s life and lead him down the road to recovery.
Colin has been in and out of recovery for 22 years. He knows that as long as he never puts a drink in his mouth he will never be drunk again. He knows as long as he is sober, he is an active participant in his own life. Colin has no idea how his life is going to unfold, but he is present today. Colin feels like he’s doing his part in life now.