My name is Laszlo Jaress and I am a person in long-term recovery. For me this means I have not used alcohol or other substances since June 25th, 2013. As a result of my decision to abstain from alcohol my life, and my families’ life, has become immeasurably better. I am clear and present, and know I am fulfilling my potential as a person.
I chose to stop drinking because I am unable to normally process any potentially addictive substance - especially alcohol and nicotine. Substance use disorders run in my family, and I have always known my relationship with substances was abnormal. At 25, I was in the middle of a graduate program and my life was quickly unraveling. To the outside observer all was well, in reality I was suffering. I was unable to manage my substance use, and it was apparent the only option was to fully abstain. I knew I didn’t want to wake up at age 40 having lost the prime years of my life. With this thought, and memories of family and friends who have struggled with Substance Use Disorders, I decided to stop. Over time, and with the help of a 12-step fellowship and my family, I have embraced my recovery.
Recovery isn’t always easy. The psychological and emotional trauma of generations with Substance Use Disorders does not go away overnight. I choose to face my life consciously, and my recovery has blossomed for it. I meditate daily, write daily, explore creativity daily, exercise, eat healthy, and stay active in my community. I am grateful daily I can make conscious decisions and see those decisions realized.
I chose to break the cycle of substance use in my family, and I want to help others do the same. I work in Recovery Advocacy, and I work with the knowledge we can create nationwide systems so all who are suffering from a Substance Use Disorder will receive the personalized care they need. For those still suffering, we are here for you. Thank you.