My name is Dominic Sandoval and I’ve been sober since July 25, 2020. My greatest accomplishment is being absolutely content with cutting ties with my toxic past and creating a new life for myself. Before I made the choice to stop drinking, I was constantly putting myself in dangerous circumstances, pushing loved ones away, and was on the brink of losing everything I have worked so hard for. I’m a project manager for a construction company, I own a house and have two dogs. These could have all been gone with one bad decision made while drinking. It took visiting my father in the hospital after a weekend binge and him telling me I looked worse than did. I walked out of that room completely ashamed of myself and knew it was time for a change. First step, I accepted the fact that alcohol would never be an option for me. Second step, I started seeing a recovery coach and therapist to get my mind on the right track. Third, I started filling all my free time with positive activities like CrossFit, hiking, incline, my dogs and family. These activities immediately satisfied desire for excess, growth, and comfort. In the last 8 months they helped me find myself again and kept me moving forward. I have completed the volunteer training at SRC and plan to begin volunteering as soon as my work schedule allows it. I am a positive influence for my peers and supportive to anyone looking to fight their addiction. Sobriety has been the catalyst to all my happiness and success.