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Best Life: Life after alcohol

Published: Jun. 14, 2022 at 8:08 AM CDT
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ORLANDO, FLA. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- It’s a sobering reality. One in eight adults in the U.S. is an alcoholic and 95,000 people die annually from alcohol-related causes. Even though some alcoholics achieve sobriety, staying sober can be a struggle. More than 30% of people relapse within their first year of attempting.

“I have memory of being outside a bar in England in blackout, lying in the gutter covered in my own vomit,” Veronica Valli recalls vividly a night she thought was fun more than 20 years ago, but after realizing alcohol was becoming a problem, she gave it up.

“I reluctantly accepted that I was never going to have fun again,” said Valli.

But within a year into sobriety, Valli began to see things differently.

“I began to see things differently,” she said. “I was going out. I was having fun. I was dancing.”

Valli wanted to show others they can do the same. That is why she created Soberful, an online community that includes support groups and workshops. The Soberful program centers around the five pillars of sobriety. The first is movement.

“Being purposeful about what we move towards and what we move away from,” Valli states

Those looking to get and stay sober must connect with others who will support their decision to stop drinking. They also need to balance their needs, process their past and what led them to drinking and focus on growth.

“When we’re sober, we get the chance to grow into the people that we were always meant to be,” said Valli.

These pillars are helping Kathryn Roman keep her sobriety after she noticed alcohol was becoming more prominent in her life. Roman says she was breaking her own rules.

“I wasn’t going to drink alcohol if I was around my kids,” she said. “I was only going to drink alcohol if someone else was driving and slowly I found myself breaking those rules.”

So far, she has been sober for almost a year. Living a “soberful” life after alcohol.

Valli has been sober for more than 21 years. She said a way to find out if you have an alcohol problem is to ask yourself if you spent too much time doing these four things: drinking, thinking about drinking, thinking about not drinking and recovering from drinking.

You can learn more about her program and her book Soberful at soberful.com.

Contributors to this news report include: Marsha Lewis, Producer; Roque Correa, Videographer and Editor.

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