I’m Alison Harper Scola

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• Name: Alison Harper Scola
• Age: 46
• Hometown: San Diego, CA
• Location: Washington State
• “Currently Not Drinking” Status: Sober / Recovered Alcoholic-Addict

I got drunk for the first time when I was eleven years old, and I knew I had found my new best friend. Alcohol erased all the pain, loneliness, & anxiety that I carried as a result of childhood trauma. I quickly became obsessed with chasing that feeling of euphoria and at such a young age, lost everything good I had in my life. As I look back, I see that I was using alcohol to self-medicate anxiety and depression. By the time I was 19 years old I was suicidal and saw no hope for the course of my life.

It was at that time that a friend suggested that I may have a problem with alcohol and invited me to a 12-step meeting. I flirted with going to meetings for a year or so but could not put down alcohol because I was not convinced that I really had a problem. I knew something was wrong with me but thought I could stop if I wanted to. ⁣

As time passed the consequences of my destructive lifestyle got worse. The misery my drinking created forced me to accept that I had a problem. With the support of my family, I went to outpatient treatment and began working the twelve steps. This process opened the door to a path of healing and growth that I’ve been on for the past 27 years. I grew up. I fell in love with life. I fell in love with being in my body. I learned to love myself. ⁣

The practices that keep me centered, happy, and sober are the 12 steps, yoga, meditation, trauma work such as EMDR and Somatic Experiencing, exercise, dance, music, time in nature, & community. Today, the focus of my life is the joy of guiding others to awaken to themselves and all the creative power they must build a life they love. I am grateful for my beautiful life of sobriety every single day.

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