Profiles in Recovery

Anitya Bourgeois

Anitya Bourgeois is a talented chef, stylist, and artist. She has a passion for making kombucha and is using that passion to develop a small, home business.

Before Bourgeois got sober she would often black out, unable to remember how she got home or who she had talked to that night. The next day would be full of anxiety and resentment from her actions from the night before. Often it would lead to days of feeling “absolutely dead and helpless”.

Bourgeois learned that she must put herself and her health first. She knew she wanted a better quality of life. A major part of her recovery was learning to love herself. Her advice to her younger self would be “ask for help” and never be ashamed of being sensitive and feeling too much.” She now lives by the Golden Rule.

Day Job:
Chef (working on a small batch kombucha and ferment business)

What worked for me:
I wanted a better quality of life. I was sick and tired of feeling helpless. Tired of being depressed and hungover.

Advice to my younger self:
Ask for help. Never be ashamed of being sensitive and feeling too much. There is no one else like you and you are unique.

Rules I live by:
Treat others as you would want to be done unto you. Honesty will always win.

Rock bottom moment:
Rock bottom was getting so drunk that I don’t remember getting home or who I talked to all night. Seeing that I sent selfies to random people of myself drunk. Feeling absolutely dead and helpless for days.

When cravings come:
I always remember how I can’t just have a drink. I remember how long it takes to feel normal again. It’s not worth the guilt and anxiety.

Thoughts on relapse:
I’m so scared of it, I honestly and hopefully will never relapse. The thought of getting drunk and high scares the crap out of me!

At my worst:
I was spending most of my money on alcohol and pot. I was calling in sick for work at least once a week. I was surrounding myself with other using addicts.

What I learned about myself:
I learned that I am intuitive and sensitive. I was trying to escape feeling so much. I learned I must put myself and my health before anything else. I deserve to be loved.

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