The founders of Soberlife.Me believe that we can and must take charge of our recovery, sobriety, and mental health and wellbeing. Times have changed, and today there are so many wonderful remedies to fix the things that ail us. Our focus is on educating, humanizing and destigmatizing addiction recovery and mental and emotional health labels. It is high time those who have lived through the punishment and horror of our own addiction and troubling mental health happily help others wrap their arms and minds around their “issues” and options. Misery is an option, and we choose life – and a darn good one at that!
Research clearly tells a story of shame, stigma, and fear when it comes to understanding and getting the help that is largely available to successfully treat our addictions and mental health ailments. Addicts and Alcoholics are 2-3 times as likely to struggle with mental health problems – and more than 50% don’t ask for or get the help they so desperately need. The result is that many of us live dysfunctional and less than optimal lives trying to figure out what’s wrong with us and what to do about it! Life is just too short and we all deserve more – to live successfully knowing that we matter, with love, purpose, meaning, health, happiness and wellbeing.
When we feel “off,” or our feelings or insecurities are getting in our way of living our best lives with health and wellbeing, most of us ignore our discomfort and dis-ease until things become too unmanageable and painful -- and we don’t ask for or get the help we need. More so than not, we allow ourselves to become miserable and unhappy – full of shame that the people who can most help us will judge as weird, a real head case, or even undesirable or not fit for the job.
The reality is Addiction and Mental Health are very much like physical health – with the exception that many people don’t understand how to achieve it. When we struggle with common physical health issues such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, weight loss or even life-threatening issues like cancer or even heart disease, medical professionals have very specific guidelines and protocols for treating such conditions. Most of us are reasonably aware that when we have physical ailments that need diagnosing and treatment, they know to call their health care professional to get the help they need.
Not true with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, social isolation, unstable moods, social isolation, ADHD, substance abuse disorder, suicidal ideation, poor self-esteem, self-image or self-confidence, loneliness, and social isolation, fear, uncertainty, overwhelm, burnout and so many other mental and emotional issues that deserve and require treatment. Many of these are simply misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or ignored until it’s too late. It is everyone’s God-given right to live happily, healthfully, and wellbeing.
Our goal is to help you to help yourself with building and maintaining really good sobriety, mental health and wellness so that you can live the life you were intended to live without all the pain and struggle that poor mental health can bring. We are not doctors or psychiatrists, and we are not licensed to offer you medical or health advice, but we have spent many years struggling through these issues ourselves and ways to heal ourselves, and we will continue to share our experience, strength, and hope so that, together, we can help each other know better and do better!
Our courses and programs are intended to empower you to take charge of your own recovery and mental health and wellness. Our community of like-minded people will help you gain perspective and give you the encouragement you need to pursue your own mental health and healing journey. Please continue to tell us about your greatest challenges, obstacles, and areas that you would like to grow so that we best serve you.
My gift and practiced talent is teaching others how to navigate and achieve their own success with unbreakable sobriety, strong mental health, wellness and well-being. As a serial entrepreneur, journalist, author, and coach, I have experienced first-hand how the secret demons of anxiety, depression, burnout, loneliness, and addiction can play havoc in an entrepreneur’s life.
I’ve been where you are! I am one of the few addiction recovery, sobriety and mental wellness experts with “in the trenches” real life experience.
I’ve taught holistic sobriety, mental health and wellness to large organizations, fast-growing Inc.100 upstarts, worked with hundreds of young people, couples, and struggling, driven professionals to create sustainable success, happiness, and freedom without having to use.
I lived a charmed life during my early career. Went to a good college, worked hard and became successful in the corporate world. I made lots of money, lived on Manhattan’s Fifth Ave, nice cars, big country house, awesome vacation, married for 25 years with 3 beautiful children and successful wife - you would think this guy has it all!
But, on the inside I was
and after a few years, the burnout, anxiety, depression, inner conflict, and emptiness became an everyday occurrence. Every week, I would hop on a jet and leave my kids and a career wife at home for days. My wife even had a map of the world on the wall where our kids would tack-on pins to know where Daddy was on any given day.
How depressing it all became.
I drank too much, slept too little, saw few friends and I was riddled with guilt for not being present for my family. I always worried that I would fail as an entrepreneur before I hit it big – how humiliating that would be. I had NO time to take care of myself, felt so alone, isolated and uncertain.
By all appearances, I looked successful. I just kept my secret misery to myself; I was afraid to let anyone in – perhaps my vulnerability would make others see me as weak and a failure. After all, my identity had become so tied up in my business, so I was all in or bust! There was nothing I wouldn’t do to ensure that I appeared successful to others.
As life became more complicated with demand and stress built up, I self-medicated my depression and anxiety, and nearly drank myself to death. Nothing could fill that hole deep down inside of me. I was so darn miserable and trapped that I just wanted it all to end.
And it did! I soon found myself in drug and alcohol & drug rehab. I was unhappily divorced and with my businesses falling apart in the middle of the ’08 recession. I had lost everything that I thought meant so much to me and found myself alone with mounting legal problems.
One day, sitting alone on my bed, I realized that the jig was up and I needed to change everything if I was going to have a life worth living and to be able to see my kids grow up.
All those years I thought success was born out of working hard, never giving up on my dreams, getting all the external prizes like money, status, and notoriety. I only wished my parents and teachers had given me the step by step guide to living a happy and healthy life when I was a kid.
I am still that driven, determined, and passionate entrepreneur, but this time more self-aware, able to focus on my self-care, and helping others to help themselves.
Today, I teach people like you who are thirsty for happiness and success, young people who struggle with mental and emotional health issues, as well as recovering addicts with substance abuse problems to seek a better, more balanced life.
(In their own words)
"I’ve tried so many times, but Soberlife.Me helped me make it work. After 10 years in addiction, my kids finally call me ‘Daddy’ again."
"In just 30 days, my recovery coach helped me find a special person I didn’t realize lived inside of me.”
"Through the trusting care Mitch and his staff at at Soberlife.Me, I finally had the courage to go back and make peace with the demons inside me.”
"I have been getting help at Soberlife.Me Academy for over four months. It has helped me tremendously deal with life and problems in a healthy way. I know I now belong, that I matter, and am worthy of love, and am finally good enough. My life has changed for the better. .”
"Soberlife.Me was the complete opposite of what I expected or had gone through in other programs. I found myself looking forward to classes and feeling the weight lifting off of my shoulders with every new day. This is where I learned to deal with my problems properly instead of running away. I learned that I mattered."
"Addiction removes the power of choice. But once in treatment, those struggling with addiction are no longer powerless – with help, they are able to choose and maintain a life of recovery. Recovery is not easy – it’s just one step. It’s a choice we make every day.”
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