Lou, with 2 years since his last drink, shares his story…
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Is quitting drinking a sacrifice? We often fear that we are giving up on pleasure if we have to give up alcohol. This is absolutely false. If we are in the right mind set when we quit drinking, there will not be any void. Instead, you will be giving up all of the shitty things that booze does to you. Soberity is not a sacrifice but an opportunity.
[7:46] Paul Introduces Lou.
Lou – I have been sober for 2 years and live in NJ. I am 27 years old and enjoy meditation, yoga and living for a higher purpose. My work is my fun.
[9:17] When was your rock bottom?
Lou – My actual sobriety date was not my bottom. I fell in love with drinking during high school and college. I was arrested for attempted burglary in college because I was trying to get into people’s houses during a blackout. I made some bad decisions that were very shameful. I started seeing where I could have been and comparing it to where I actually was. I had been living for the weekends and the rave parties. In 2014 I heard a whisper that said, “I’ve got to stop this.” I started my journey towards personal development and connected with some young ambitious people. I finally started to see that I had a higher purpose than drugs and alcohol.
[20:46] Paul and Lou discuss meditation.
Lou – I was hiking up in Joshua State Park when I decided to stop and meditate. I started breathing and fell into a loving peace that I had never felt before. I kept thinking, “You are fulfilled.” The next day I started journaling. Again, I felt the spiritual experience. “Do I want what life has to offer?” I decided, at that point, that I needed to quit drinking.
[27:29] How did you quit drinking?
Lou – I wrote in my journal – On this day, I am done drinking. Started with just 1 day at a time. I kept having these spiritual energy experiences. I felt a call for a higher purpose. I quit my job without any notice which was totally out of character for me. My co-workers sent the police to my house. They were afraid that I was going to commit suicide.
[31:00] Did you use AA?
Lou – I did not go to AA. I had such a spiritual shift that I was a completely different person and did not want alcohol at all.
[32:30] What advice would you give to your younger self.
Lou – Look at who you are surrounding yourself with. Life is a natural high. You can live an exciting life without drugs and alcohol.
[33:00] What do you value most in sobriety?
Lou – I am proud of being a non-drinker. I do not feel labeled or an outcast anymore.
[34:07] What is your proudest achievement in sobriety?
Lou – I have written a book that tells my story. “Find Your Truth” can be found on Amazon. I like getting the message out to others that we all have a higher purpose. Once you get addicted to the right things, life is amazing.
[36:32] What does a day in the life of Lou look like?
Lou – I do a lot of journaling, meditation, yoga, and work on my business. I really do not think about booze at all.
[38:00] Rapid Fire Round
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