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As long as I was high I didn't have to feel. Drugs took the pain away, and to be honest, I just liked being high. I thought I was cool. I even had a nickname, 'Cocaine Shane'. I was a regular dude from the suburbs in Northern California. Nothing crazy ever happened to me, I just liked to party. I didn't care if I lived or died. I grew up watching my dad use drugs and alcohol, sometimes in front of me. By the time I was 15, I was getting high and drinking often. By the time I was 30, I was going through multiple bottles of liquor and doing drugs every day. I would snort, smoke, eat or drink anything to take me out of reality. I was neglecting my wife, my young daughter, and everything else around me. I felt like a piece of shit, and there were plenty of times when I acted like one.
One day I woke up and figured I'd be better off dead. I started thinking about how much relief I would feel. It was classic thinking on my part, run from everything and take the easy way out. I was waking up everyday swearing I wasn't going to drink or get high, only to be drunk and high by noon. This repetitive cycle was wearing on me, both physically and emotionally. I also had an increasing gut feeling that if I didn't get it together soon, something bad was about to happen. I was desperate, and tired of living my life this way. I eventually made a decision. I was either going lay down and die, or stand up and ask for help. Thank God I chose help. I can remember it like it was yesterday when I said those words, I Need Help. The weight of the world seemed to float off of my shoulders. From that moment on, I was on a mission.
After 17 years of struggling with drugs and alcohol, for the first time in my life I took a stand for something. I took responsibility. I didn't care what anyone said. I didn't care what anyone thought. I knew God had a purpose for my life and I was on a mission to find it. I checked myself into a 30-day rehab in Sebastopol, CA. The decision to get sober changed my life and put me on a path to starting one of the top addiction podcasts in the recovery movement. That Sober Guy gives others a platform to share their own stories while creating community and entertainment in a digital and live environment. TSG reaches tens of thousands of listeners across states and continents and has been downloaded millions of times. I've been sober since September 11th, 2013, and I’m on a mission to encourage people and let ‘em know that freedom from drugs and alcohol is possible. I still party, I still have fun, & I do it clean and sober!
Shane sharing his testimony at Celebrate Recovery on 2/11/2019