Profiles in Recovery

Vincent Sorise

Vincent Sorise already felt alone when he received the news of his brother’s death. His brother passed away as a result of his own addiction problem. However, that wasn’t enough to rattle Sorise into facing his addiction. It only magnified his need to mask the pain and caused him to spiral downward. He recalls, “I continued to use for 45 more days, thinking there was nothing left for me to live for.”

Sorise did however find his way. He began a 12-step program, got a sponsor and eventually became a sponsor himself. He found a group of friends in Recovery and they keep each other accountable.

His favorite quote is “Not too many people get to live two lives, in one lifetime.”. Over two years later he is still living out that “second” life. He is slowly getting back to the things he once loved. That includes soap making. Revitalized Recovery makes high quality soaps with all natural and organic ingredients. He continues to enjoy all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer and volunteers whenever he has a chance. “It’s been a challenge for me. I always find purpose in helping others but to find something I’m excited to do has been tuff.”

Day Job:
Maintenance Technician/Revitalized Recovery Soaps

What I lost to addiction:
I had lost everything that ever meant something to me; friends, jobs but most of all any belief in myself.

What worked for me:
What worked for me was the 12-Step program, getting a sponsor, sponsoring other men and finding a group of friends in Recovery. These are all critical components to staying sober.

Best advice for newbies:
If you don’t change, your sobriety date will. Slow down!

Rules I live by:
If you have the ability to help someone, you have an obligation to do it.

What I value most in recovery:
By far, having healthy relationships with my friends, family and my girlfriend. Next, would be the experiences. I have done more in the last 2 1/2 years sober than I did in 10 years of using.

Proudest moment:
My proudest moment was when I could look my family in the eyes and see that they were truly proud of the man I’m becoming.

Rock bottom moment:
I had used up everyone and everything around me. I was alone in Denver with no friends or family when I got the news my brother had died from his addiction. His death still was not enough to stop me. I continued to use for 45 more days, thinking there was nothing left for me to live for.

Favorite recovery quote:
“Not too many people get to live two lives, in one lifetime.”

On my schedule today:
I pray and do a 10-minute meditation to start the day. I work, then meet my sponsor (possibly a meeting after), then I pray and go to bed.

What I learned about myself:
I’ve learned that I can go far in this life with the support of family and friends. Also, to never think I’m too busy to help someone else.

I get inspired by:
I get inspired seeing others reach their goals. It makes me believe that I can achieve anything with hard work and drive.

On finding a purpose:
It’s been a challenge for me. I always find purpose in helping other but to find something I’m excited to do has been tuff. I’m starting to get back to the things I love to do. Before I started using, I enjoyed hiking, climbing, my dogs, being creative making soap, caring for others and volunteering at different events around the city.

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