|Dax at Church|
This is his 500th day sober!
He started drinking when he was 18, which is something a lot of people do. But Dax kept it up for many many years.
One thing he said that I will never forget is that addiction is formed out of fear.
"Addictions are about fear and running from what you are afraid of.",he said.
He had a lot of things he feared.
Over the years, Dax would quit for a short while, but ended up always going back to his old ways. It was all he knew.
He has been in management positions in retail stores and restaurants... but he made the best money as a bartender. The bar scene and life is a hard one though. It was almost impossible to get away from the drugs and alcohol keeping those hours.
On January 1st, 2014, he decided he was stopping it all. He was tired of living the way he was. Not only did he stop drinking, but he stopped smoking as well.
Dax is Irish. He is very proud of his heritage. So, he was a great celebrator of St. Patrick's Day. He thought in 2014, that maybe he would make it to St. Patrick's Day, then he would drink his green beer and just live however again.
|He takes a lot of selfies.|
God had a different plan.
He started eating better and working out at the gym. Without the alcohol, he was feeling great. He lost weight and started feeling better about himself.
People started reading his Facebook posts about how many days he had been sober. They started encouraging him to continue. This encouragement means so much to him. He has people that he admires, and when they tell him he's done a great job, it makes him feel good.
Dax said, "It's not a struggle everyday. But I am still learning how to function as a sober man."
One of the most mind blowing things to me is that Dax works part time at a liquor store.
Yes, I said liquor store.
|He posted this on Instagram.|
It takes a STRONG man to do that, in my opinion. It's a really big deal. He just brushes it off like it's not..but honestly, it is.
Dax attributes his continual victory to God, his parents, his friends, and the people on social media who encourage him on a daily basis. If he has helped, inspired, or encouraged you, he feels awesome about that.
If you are battling an addiction of any kind, get help. It doesn't have to be drugs or alcohol. People can be addicted to sex, money, food, shopping..the list goes on and on. Living a free life is much better. You aren't chained down to anything. God is able to break chains of all types, if we will let Him.
|One of his goofy pictures!|
To know Dax is to love him. He's funny, friendly, and very much a goofball. I am thankful to have become friends with him, he inspires me towards my own goals.
Dax wants everyone to know this:
If you put your mind to ANYTHING, you can do it!
God, family, and community is the way to get it done.
May the force be with you.