I currently reside in Los Angeles California with my amazing trauma therapist wife and my 14 year old pup Linguine. I grew up in the Northern California beach town of Santa Cruz where I spent my childhood on the beach, in the redwoods, and being part of a pretty tight knit community of surf/skate culture. This culture was deeply "California" and there was good and bad that came with it. I struggled with addiction as did many of my closest cohort and thankfully I was able to seek help at the age of 24. Currently I have 17 years sobriety and work with alcoholics and addicts in all aspects of their journey. I work with newly sober people, people with a lot of sobriety time, non-addicts, and people that are not ready to stop using.
I meet you where you are, I don't believe that sobriety is a requirement to be met with compassion and empathy. And the fact that you aren't sober shouldn't be the barrier to getting help. I have a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and I have worked as a graphic designer for NFL.com and Viacom. I loved working as a designer but in 2019 I felt a greater need, to help others. I wanted to be the person to others that I felt I always needed.
If you're struggling at all in your daily life, I'd love the chance to hear your story and maybe offer some ways to help.