Rob Cantrell …. living a sober life

This blog is about my recovery from a lifetime of drug and alcohol addiction… I want to share the good, bad and ugly that comes with getting clean and sober … one day at a time. The process of rebuilding a life in middle age is anything but easy.  It’s scary and overwhelming … but it is certainly better than anything I’ve known in the past….

Sobriety has brought me a life I never believed possible. I’ve found peace. I’ve found self-acceptance and most importantly, I found the authentic Rob.  If I  base my worth on positive or negative criticisms from others, I have to remember that these are merely judgments by people who don’t have all the facts and who have no right to act as my self-appointed judges. If I determine my worth by such judgments, my life will be an up and down roller coaster ride that will make my life miserable. I’ve decided my best is good enough.

I don’t have to show the world I’m good. I don’t have to try to hide the things I’ve done that might not seem flattering. I just need to forgive and accept myself and trust that other people will, as well.IMG_20150316_211200

Being authentic means being vulnerable—letting people see all my different facets, trusting they won’t judge me, and knowing that if they do, that’s completely on them.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be real with people, and know the ones who accept me accept me fully, than pretend and then have to maintain the illusion that I am something I’m not.

Professionally & Personally

My new life has brought many changes. I live in Hollywood, California with my partner and two amazing pugs. I have a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling degrees, a member of California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professions (CCAPP),  Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (candidate), Certified in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling (UCLA), PhD in Psychology (doctoral learner)

I hope you’ll join me on this journey…

Rob

9 thoughts on “Rob Cantrell …. living a sober life”

  1. Hi Rob, just a blast from the ancient past! Owen from San Marco circa 1990ish! So glad to stumble upon your blog, and to find you sober and having come out! Love reading your writings – please keep doing what you’re doing, and getting what you’re getting. Much love to SoCal from NorCal! ❤️ 💕 Owen

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  2. Hi Rob, just a blast from the past – Owen from San Marco circa 1990ish. So happy to see you had both gotten clean and sober and come out! Your writing is wonderful to read. Please keep it up buddy. With love from NoCal to SoCal. ❤️ 💕

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  3. You have been an inspiration to a lot of people. Keep up the good work. People need more love and strength in this ole world and more people like you.

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  4. No matter what you do or have been through I think you are a fantastic individual. Anyone who claims to have never had any issues in their life are deceiving themselves. Keep being strong!! Much love to you!

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