Sobriety Clocks

We are the CHIC Community, from instagram, the grocery store or next door. We come together to celebrate the ups and downs, when CHIC hits the fan and when all the fabulous things happen. One special sorority in our CHIC Community is our Sober Warriors. This is where we celebrate you!! If you are a Sober Warrior and want to be featured please email info@nataliereddell.com with whatever you want to share, your story, a photo, your name, or just the date you got sober. If it's minutes, hours, days, weeks or years, you matter. You are worth celebrating!! If you would rather not share, guess what, you are still our Sober Warrior and we've got this together!!!! 

Natalie Reddell

"It's a big deal, Mama.” My son, Schuyler, always reminds me how important my sobriety is. He reminds me that getting my A.A. chip is a big deal & that sharing our story of recovery is so important because it can help others with their struggles against addiction.

My recovery is the thing in my life for which I am most proud, but the fact that Sky is proud of me is EVERYTHING.
  

Aimee Pellitteri

I believe in second chances because Recovery has given me a second chance at life, one that has been way better than the first!
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” 
- Zen Proverb
  

Stacie Holloway

My sobriety is my proudest accomplishment. I was 25 when I decided that maybe I had a problem not only with alcohol but with drugs.  While most of my friends could go out and have one or two drinks I had many many more and could be gone on a bender for days. My first 12 step meeting was a CA meeting and since then I have attended meeting of all kinds all over the world.  My family was my motivation in the beginning and now it’s all for me.  While most people say they “can’t imagine going back” I say “I can imagine it but it’s not pretty”.  I’ve been sober for more years than not and that’s a huge thing I celebrate everyday.  Be humble, be grateful and be sober. #soberisthenewblack
  

Debbie Matthews

Sobriety literally saved my life and my marriage!
  

Jolene Dyce

  

Liberti Horner

My daughter is a huge part of why I am motivated to stay clean everyday, I am a small town girl, but also I grew up in the hood where most everybody's neighbor was on drugs, my mom was an alcoholic and a crack cocaine user. I grew up watching her smoke drugs, & get so drunk to the point where she was blacked out mostly a lot it was either blacked out drunk, or high on crack. She wasn't there most my whole life my grandmother raised me, she also died 7 years ago from cancer, that's when I went downhill I was a heroin addict for almost 3 years. Then I also have a son who is 4 now I was a heroin addict being pregnant with my son and after my son, then me and my kids father broke up after a co dependent relationship and I went to rehab and got clean.
  

Nicole Vaterlaus

I’m a single mom of the most amazing 15yr old daughter, Jade. She is the reason I changed my life for the better 5yrs ago, & she is my courage daily to fight for my sobriety. Thank you my sweetest Baby Llama for being my hope, strength & truest joy. I love you today, tomorrow & always!
  

Mary Brasher

Removing alcohol from my life has been the best decision I have ever made.  It has given me an incredible sense of freedom.  I love that I never HAVE to drink ever again!!
 

Chrissy F

By the grace of God, I have not had a drink since August 25th, 2011! I also love that I don't ever have to drink again if I don't want to! I first got sober 3 months after I turned 21 back in 1990. I stayed sober being very involved in young people activities in AA, camping, conferences, and dances. I stayed sober for 13 years. Then I got a job, and in short, those meetings became much more important than my AA meetings. I slowly got away from the program and having a sponsor... well low and behold... whattaya know, I picked up a drink! I wasn't off to the races right away, it took me a while to get right back to where I was and then some! I was out for research and development (hahaha) for 8 years! Came back when I was double 21! I haven't had a drink since.
  
Kathie
  
Bobbie O'Leary
See these precious faces? My family and grandchildren gave me courage to not only get sober but daily remind me of one of the most important reasons to stay sober. The journey has not always been easy, but every moment it’s been worth it.
  
Bud G
He’s my 93 year old grandfather (as of 2019). He firmly believes that sobriety saved (and prolonged) his life.  He now knows and understands what love actually is.
  
Serena Duncan
I have been sober now for 9 years it will be 10 years July 20th 2020 .. I have to first n for most give god the glory and say thank u to my prayer warrior of a mom who in my darkest hour was always praying for me i was addicted to pain pills and the list goes on and on heroin ect... but here I am today with 3 kids I love with my heart n soul and inspire me to be a better Person and then there is my soul mate who holds me accountable and loves me unconditionally ..."to go be the glory for great things he hath done"
  
Tami H Stevens
This is how long I have been winning my fight against cocaine addiction.  I'm not good with words,  so I'll just leave it at that. 
  
Lisa Rowell

When you hit bottom, the only way left to go is up. I found myself there recently and now it’s time to start the journey back. Already though, I am grateful for a community that will help me heal and grow from the pain of addiction.  I have so many reasons to keep climbing up; three amazing kids, two adorable granddaughters and a man that has my heart. 

I've loved this quote for years and it seems more relevant in my life than ever before. 

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

  
Ann
I'm 1 year and 3 months yippee #sobersister! I had 8 years sober then relapsed because of not working my program and my daily work. I went back out for a whole year then it all came to a head and I put down the bottle and I'm clean, sober and working my program daily. Living my best life. Stay strong, always stay close to your squad and always help each other. God Bless. 
  
Hannah Comstock
For a decade I knew I had a problem with Alcohol, and tried every way possible I thought to stop. I went to my first rehab in New York after my DUI, then I went to my second rehab in California about 5 years later, and I went to outpatient rehab after my APC charge. During this time I never had any real sobriety, I just kept thinking if I was a better person I could get over this and not drink.  I lost jobs, homes, friends, and respect. It was not until I was standing on a overpass ready to jump on April 17th 2018 did I realize that if I was going to live I would have to change, become willing to change, and accept that I could not drink ever again. Fortunately for me, I got help, from there I went to a small rehab in Oklahoma. This was the point that I knew it was life or death.  I am so happy that I chose life, because my life has more value then it had ever had before. 
  
Kurt Jacob Miller
  

Sandy Townsend

I started my rounds of ER's, Detoxes and Rehabs due to my alcoholism at the end of 2007. I was in different types of treatment for as few as 5 days and as many as 110 days. I was diagnosed as a late stage alcoholic. My poor Dad, may he RIP, drove me to these treatments centers believing each time was the LAST time, and every time, I truly wanted to be sober.  My mom had gotten sober. She passed, with 20+ years sober, before my alcoholism took me to my depths of despair. Her death from colon cancer,  was one of many catalysts I used to justify my drinking. We sadly, never had a chance to really talk about recovery. I was a workaholic first and didn't take time to understand. I was selfish and self centered to the core, I would find out later through aa.

Thankfully I felt comfortable in aa and was always welcomed back after picking up again and again. Finally on Jan 16 2012 I had had enough and got serious and committed to aa and the 12 steps. Thank God I did at 50 years old.  In December of 2013 Dad succumbed to prostate cancer. He died knowing I was sober. The last thing I said to him was I was going to a meeting and would be right back... I never did leave as he took a turn for the worse and died while I was by his side. I did go to my meeting later that night because I get comfort there. Fast forward my continued sobriety to Jan 2017....Just days before I was to celebrate 5 years of sobriety, (just 2 months after my dog died) I was diagnosed with stage 3c ovarian cancer at 55 yrs old. Somehow, by God's grace, I made it through all the treatment (18 sessions of chemo and full hysterectomy), losing all my hair, and being downright exhausted; without picking up a drink. (I was also extremely vocal to Drs about the pain meds I would ingest). Drugs were not an issue for me but I was taking zero chances with my sobriety. I worked too hard for it! I used all the tools I had learned from aa and the steps and took them with me to fight cancer!

Today I am gratefully still sober and as of my last tests - cancer free! What I have learned so far is no matter what life hands me I don't pick up a drink in any and all circumstances!

 

  
Michelle Ghirelli

Almost five years ago my life was turned upside down and despite not really wanting to at the time I became clean sober. The Promises is Alcoholics Anonymous are a cornerstone of my life. It begins with, “If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through.”  It is a constant reminder that although this journey is often difficult, the results are more than I could ever imagine.

  
Janelle Dalton
  
Kristen Hudson
  
Robin Mckay

I quit drinking for my son.  He was 4 when I quit. I truly believe I gave him and me a better life as a sober Mom. On December 25, 2004 I took my last drink. I can't even believe I will be 15 years sober!!  One thing that keeps me going....if I start drinking today, I will never be 15 years sober again.  If I start...then quit..I won't live long enough to reach 15 years. My goal is to be sober for as many years as I drank and then keep on going. One day at a time.

  
Anxious Annie
  
Grit and Grace
  
Cassie
  
Jennifer Satterwhite
Pills were my drug of choice. My boys remember what I was like when I was high. (I'll never know what that did them.) They also remember going to meetings with me. They saw me fight to get clean & sober. They often say to me, "Stop minimizing how hard it was to do this!" Because they remember.
Picking up my monthly chips was always a big deal to me. However, I missed picking up my one year chip. I was actually in the hospital. I was giving birth to my daughter. She was my miracle "one year chip." Unlike her brothers, she will never know what it's like to live with a mom who's high all the time.  And that? That means everything to me!