On figuring out how to be a sober person after going to rehab for alcoholism.

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  1. I live in a sober house with 10 other guys (almost half of us are gay!).
  2. I’m on a medicated assisted treatment plan, taking meds to help suppress cravings (what cravings, eh?) and inhibit the effects of alcohol and drugs should I decide to use.
  3. I see a therapist and psychiatrist provided by the organization that saw me through detox and rehab.
  4. I’m out and proud as sober with my family, friends, and co-workers (even though I manage a restaurant and bar, surprise!).
  5. And for the first time in my life I’m permitting myself to be confused and to actively pursue clarity, because I don’t yet know all of the things I expect from myself. Sure, I’ve learned a bit about what I don’t want, like drugs and alcohol, and I can at least follow that.



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Branden Pacheco

Marketing Consultant. Writer. Foodie. Plant lover. Budding entrepreneur. Philosopher. Virgo. INTP.