About me, Max

Hi, my name is Max, and I’m an alcoholic.

Or I should say, I’m a recovering alcoholic. I am proud to say that I am 31 days sober.

I just completed a 30-day in-patient rehabilitation treatment program for my alcohol abuse. I wanted to share the story of my experience in rehab, in case it helps anyone else struggling with the decision to check in themselves, or to help a loved one to check in.

I was terrified to go to rehab for so many reasons. I didn’t think I could afford to take a break from my work and my life. I was afraid to admit I had a real problem, and I considered going to rehab would make it true. And I was deeply ashamed of myself.

But alcohol had taken up enough space in my life, and I knew I needed a drastic change or I would lose everything and everyone I love or even die.

My wake up call, or my rock bottom, was my boss catching me drinking at work.

I am a math teacher at a high school and am recently divorced. My alcoholism was not the only reason for the separation from my wife, but it certainly didn’t help.

 

I didn’t really have a choice; it was either lose my job or finally admit I had a problem and go to rehab. I was grateful that my boss didn’t just fire me, and I only went to appease him, not really thinking I’d get anything out of it.

Now, 31 days later, I realize that rehab is the best thing that ever happened to me, and has changed my life for the better. It really works, and it can work for you too if you are struggling with any sort of addiction.

Keep reading to learn more about my experience in a rehabilitation center.

My boss caught me one day in the teacher’s lounge, pouring alcohol into my coffee mug. I know, such a cliché. But I had such a vicious hangover from the night before and needed a little “hair of the dog” to keep my hands from shaking and to get through the workday. I thought I was alone in the lounge, but when I turned around, a mini bottle of booze in one hand, coffee thermos in the other, I almost ran smack into my boss.

He didn’t even look surprised. He had me come into his office and told me he’d known for a while I was struggling. I’m very lucky; most bosses would have just fired me on the spot. He said to me he would do me the favor of letting me keep my job if I immediately took advantage of my health insurance benefits and entered a rehabilitation facility.