Through honest and open conversations with people who are using their platforms to speak about sobriety, I hope to change the narrative. Ultimately, I hope to de-stigmatize and normalize living a sober life, whether alcoholism-related or otherwise.
My name is Becca and I am an alcoholic.
Until recently, I never spoke about my alcoholism because of the shame and stigma which surround it.
Well, it's time to change that. "Alcoholic" is not a bad word.
I am proud to say "I'm an alcoholic" because admitting that has changed my life for the better.
In September 2020 I publicly attached my name to an anonymous letter-to-the-editor I had written in March 2020 for the Ottawa Sun.
In September 2020 I did a radio interview with CBC Ottawa Morning to discuss coming out of the shadows regarding my alcoholism.
Once I had gone public, I realized how good it felt to be honest. Saying "I don't drink" isn't my full story. I want to be able to openly say "I'm an alcoholic" without shame.
My goal with The Unashamed Alcoholic is to spark conversation and change minds about alcoholism, addiction, and sobriety. I hope to encourage others in recovery to proudly share their stories of successful sobriety.
By talking openly about alcoholism and addiction, we will debunk the stereotypes and empower people to share their stories proudly and without fear of shame or stigma.
With increased awareness around alcoholism, being an alcoholic will become better understood and accepted.
Through open and ongoing dialogue, talking about sobriety and recovery will become accepted and empowering.