Dani's Recovery Story
"The day I became free of alcohol was the day that I fully understood and embraced the truth that I would not be giving anything up by not drinking." - Liz Hemingway
Hi Friends! My name is Dani and Identify as a queer non-binary femme, using the pronouns she/her, they/them. I am a functional nutritionist with a passion for nutritional psychiatry, accessible wellness, and the founder of Creative Nutrition Co. VA is my current area of residence, where I live with my wife of 3+ years and our two rescue pups, Tad and Archie.
My AF birthday is 2/20/22 and although I've had plenty of ups and downs in my personal journey, I can confidently and whole-heartedly say that living a booze-free life is for me. I had my first taste of alcohol when I was only 13 years old and it quickly became a dangerous habit when I reached my sophomore year in high school. I grew up in a household of violence, abuse, and complete chaos while under the care of my mother and unfortunately, witnessed the loss and pain due to addiction on both sides of my family. I used and abused alcohol as a way to cope with childhood trauma, major depressive episodes and extreme anxiety; turns out, adding alcohol in the mix only heightens those negative emotions.
In 2016, I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorder; after years of dealing with unsuccessful treatments, I decided that it was time to take full control of my overall health and well-being. Healing through holistic lifestyle interventions, which involved dietary changes and quitting alcohol has changed in my life in ways that I never thought was possible.
Now, I am living life booze-freeze, married to the woman of my dreams, working on some new business ventures, enjoying the simple things, and being present for all of it - the good, the bad, and everything in between.
For anyone who is just starting out on their alcohol-free journey, take it one moment at a time, literally, and remember that perfection is not the goal. Everyone's journey looks a lot or even just a little bit different, but I do hope that whoever is reading this is able to find comfort in knowing that you are not alone.
Remember, one moment at a time.