Are you a in recovery from drugs or alcohol? We would love to photograph you and hear your story! Addiction is multi-faceted and can often come with a lot of shame and guilt. We want to help break the stigma surrounding addiction by showcasing how it impacts people from all walks of life and how they individually went through recovery. We are strong believers in the positive impact that sharing these experiences can have on people struggling with addiction.
If you are interested we will provide you with a Soberit t-shirt and take some beautiful portraits of you to post alongside your story. For more information check out our friends over at TVBD Inspirations who inspired us to shoot this series in their Soberit apparel. If you are living clean and sober and would like to inspire others with your story please reach out to us!
"24 years ago I found myself hitting rock bottom while sleeping on a park bench cold in a foreign country, after selling the shirt off my back to buy a bottle. Shortly thereafter, i decided to clean up and remained sober for 12 years. I fell off the wagon and slowly fell back into old habits. 10 years ago, I decided enough was enough and cleaned up once again. Although Ive succumbed to my weakness a few times since, I am proud of my sobriety, and am more focused than ever to stay sober and inspire others to be the best version of themselves. Sobriety is a day to day struggle, but surrounding yourself with people of like convictions truly helps. I am no saint, everyday is a struggle. But thanks to amazing people like @tvdbinspirations, i feel a sense of support like never before. I wear this hoodie proudly as it reminds me of the importance of my choices. Thank you Tim for all your support."
“Fourteen years ago I had my last drink; glass of red wine. What made it my last? The incredible desire to have another and go "rip it up" meanwhile the rest of the people I was with were ready to go home after a beautiful dinner out. I finally started to see I did not drink like "normal people". When I started to do the work the stories came flooding onto the paper. The insane situations and risky behavior once I picked up a drink. I thank God daily that I admitted I was powerless over alcohol. I got that monkey off my back. Alcohol is but a symptom so the work continues, one day at a time I try to surrender and ask my higher power to restore me to sanity.”
"I grew up in an amazing family, my parents are still together and I had 3 sisters . I wasn’t abused and I always had food to eat .. but even with my “good background “ I was as heavy as a user on skid row. And without a doubt I could never stop at one drink. I suffer from a disease that almost took my life and I have to desperately fight for my life daily. There can never be just “one time”.
After 15 years of loosing I am coming up to 1 year of sobriety.
After going to treatment, losing friendships and my license too many times.. I decided I had to surrender. I had to stop trying things my way and I had to start listening to other people, which I sucked at.. and it’s still a struggle at times. I had to invest my self in God, and just trust that walking away from everything I had ever known, that I would be okay and I would make it because changing everything scared the s@&! out of me ..but I’m doing it and I must admit .. my life isn’t perfect but I am so happy to finally be present and able to enjoy it .. because I can’t say I actually did back then."