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10 Photos Show How Giving Up Alcohol Changes People

23 Jan 2024, 12:00, parser
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Three years ago, American Kenny D. decided to change his life and stop drinking. During his recovery, he regularly took photos to see the result — and the difference turned out to be noticeable after a month. He told his story in an interview for Boredpanda.

He took the first photo after being sober for 24 hours. He was hungover, and his condition was terrible. For the first day without alcohol, he received his first medal from Alcoholics Anonymous. At the same time, he decided to take a selfie every time he received a new medal.

24 hours of sobriety

The second medal is the month of sobriety. Kenny says that at first even his family and friends did not believe in success — after all, he had behaved abominably for several years before that. But his family supported him anyway — this, along with AA and a 12-step addiction relief program, helped him cope.

Month of Sobriety

In an interview, he said that at some point he could not control himself at all and ordered up to 20 drinks per evening. He drank until he passed out 3-4 times a week.

2 months of sobriety

He remembered his last drinking session well. He had a week off, so he bought a case of beer — at the rate of 3-4 bottles for the evening. On the first evening, he put his son to bed and opened the first beer, it was about 8 p.m. At 11 p.m., he opened the 19th bottle — and realized that this could not go on any longer.

3 months of sobriety

The next morning, he turned to a friend who had previously stopped drinking himself and asked for help. So began his 12-step journey to a life without alcohol.

Six months of sobriety

"Going through these 12 steps was the hardest. I had to face the addiction face to face and fix everything that I had done during the time I was drinking. When I started, I just wanted to get my life back. But in the end, I got a new life filled with happiness, joy and freedom that I never even dreamed of."

9 months of sobriety

"My life consists of rituals that help me be better, cope with anger and other negative emotions. Of course I'm not a saint, but I try to keep track of my emotions. If I feel like I'm not coping, I call my family or friends from AA."

The Year of Sobriety

"I can always contact someone when I need it. Most of all, I am afraid to return to my previous state, so I try to load myself up to the maximum: I schedule as many meetings as possible, I help those who have just started recovery."

1.5 years of sobriety

"I started reading a lot, mostly nonfiction. I also started drawing — it opened up a potential in me that I didn't even know about."

2 years of sobriety

During these three years, he lost 34 kilograms, began to eat right and practice yoga. The result is obvious!

3 years of sobriety
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