Fighting an addiction is tough, but with determination and the right support you can get your life back on track. After a decade of heavy drinking and alcoholism, Kenny D decided he needed to change his life for the better.
“I discovered at one point that I could not control the amount I drank once I had taken the first drink. I could not drink without getting drunk. Sometimes I was just indifferent to whether I lived or died. I just wanted it to be over and I didn’t care how.” the 37-year-old engineer told Bored Panda.
Kenny soon began attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings and received his first sobriety coin 24 hours after giving up alcohol for good.
The dad decided to snap a selfie, marking the start of his journey to a different life. “I took a picture of myself the day I got my first sobriety coin, 24 hours sober. I felt so ill and I looked so bad, I wanted to remember it so I wouldn’t forget,” Kenny explained.
A month later, when Kenny received his 30-day sobriety coin, he noticed a big difference. He felt proud of himself and the feeling of seeing the difference a month of sobriety had made inspired him to continue documenting the progression of his sobriety.
As he received every sobriety coin, he snapped a pic of himself. Soon, Kenny decided to change even his eating habits and started exercising regularly. He also developed a love for reading and painting.
Kenny reveals it was challenging to maintain sobriety especially during tough times, but he learned to ask for help from his sponsor or other recovering alcoholics instead of turning to liquor.
To celebrate 1 year into sobriety, Kenny decided to upload his photos to Reddit, where strangers cheered him on.
“The post was flooded with comments from people asking me about alcoholism and how I stopped drinking. Asking how they can stop or how to help their own friends or family stop. And a ton of good positive kudos and congrats for my transformation.” Kenny said.
Speaking on how he manages to keep himself honest, Kenny revealed he now follows a set of spiritual principles. “From morning to night, I run all of my decisions through a sort of spiritual filter. I do my best to not be resentful or spiteful or angry, though I am human and I have a tendency to forget sometimes.” he said.
Early this month, Kenny celebrated 3 years of sobriety! He has also lost 78 pounds, become the dad he’s always wanted to be, practices Yoga and feels like he has a whole new life.
“I had no idea that I would get a whole new life that was full of more joy, happiness, and freedom than I could have possibly imagined.” Kenny said.
Many congratulations to you Kenny! You’ve got this!
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