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

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