Wahler’s Wellness Continued

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Celebrating Four Years

Posted July 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

July 23rd will always be a special day to me. It is the day that four years ago, I finally got clean and sober! This year, I had been looking forward to pulling out all the stops to celebrate my “birthday”, but after such a taxing July with my grandfather passing away, I decided to… [Read More...]

Closure, Acceptance and Gratitude

Posted July 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Since my Grandfather passed away, I really haven’t felt like myself. I spent a long time being sad and stuck in a fog over what happened, and I knew that if I stayed feeling that way it wasn’t going to be beneficial for me. So, last week, I went to as many AA meetings as… [Read More...]

Saying Goodbye

Posted July 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I have had plenty of challenges in my life, especially during my sobriety, but I can honestly say that the loss of my grandfather has been my biggest and most trying emotional challenge yet. As of July 2nd at 6:33pm, Grandpa passed away and my world went upside down. Everything happened so fast, that I… [Read More...]

Grandpa Wahler’s World

Posted June 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm

I’ve had plenty of challenges throughout my period of sobriety, but I can honestly say that the news that I just received this week has given me the biggest emotional challenge I have yet to face. My grandfather got diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and honestly, I have had a tough time trying to… [Read More...]

An Ode to Dad

Posted June 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm

This past Father’s Day weekend was amazing. My wife Ashley and I split up our time between our families, visiting her parents and her grandfather, who has finally started doing much better after being sick for a little while. When we got back home, we went over to visit with my parents and grandfather, who… [Read More...]

Retreat Recap

Posted June 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Last week, I told you that I was going on a retreat in Arizona to help get my program back on track. Well, there is no other way to put this other than it was a hell of an experience! It all started when I picked up my co-worker Dave, who literally only had a… [Read More...]

Message Received

Posted June 12, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Arguably the most important aspect of what I do now at Northbound is continue to find new and exciting ways to raise awareness about addiction as a disease and the numerous benefits of recovery. This journey is incredibly personal to be, and I am frequently getting a chance to continue my mission to get others… [Read More...]

The Lawsuits Spread

Posted June 11, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Just two weeks ago, I talked about how Orange County was filing a lawsuit against some pharmaceutical companies for unethically pushing sales of painkillers and other prescription drugs. Now, I am finding out that Chicago is also filing a lawsuit against the same companies for the same reasons. Just as with the lawsuit coming out… [Read More...]

Putting Program First

Posted June 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

  Putting your program first is all about being able to put your recovery first. Sometimes life gets so busy that I’ll still take some time to myself and go to AA meetings, but I’m not really there. I might be there physically, but mentally I am off wondering about what I need to get… [Read More...]

A Follow Up

Posted June 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm

  Last week, I shared with you that I was having some trouble keeping a steady balance in my life. While hearing from other members of my AA group and getting some encouragement from them was super helpful, I also knew that if any real changes were going to be made, it would have to… [Read More...]

Checks and Balances

Posted May 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm

My wife said to me, “you’re working way too much.” She was right – I always had calls coming in, was always texting this person or that person about work, etc. She always has (and continues to) support me and my work, and I am so grateful for it. But there was no getting around… [Read More...]

Ignoring the Red Flags?

Posted May 23, 2014 at 5:15 pm

When my friend first sent me a text that the FDA approved a drug that was five times more potent than OxyContin, I laughed. I thought it was a joke, but the more I read about Zohydro, the more I knew that it was no laughing matter. Once Zohydro is released, it will be the… [Read More...]

A Richter Scale of Rock Bottoms

Posted May 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I have experienced so many levels of rock bottom, but I never hit one where I desperately wanted to change on my own for myself. I didn’t have enough positive self-worth at that time to be capable of doing that. It wasn’t until I saw how many people I was affecting that it all clicked…. [Read More...]

The Prism Awards

Posted May 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm

When I used to go out to an event, I would only show up to some of the biggest and best parties, and I would get hammered before I even got there. By the time I left, I would have already blacked out and not remembered anything about that night. Today, when I go to… [Read More...]

Wahler’s Wellness Site Launch

Posted May 2, 2014 at 6:23 pm

  Without a doubt, I am an open book – especially at this point in my life. I have taken an incredibly challenging time in my life and turned it around, and am now focused on using my experience with substance abuse and recovery to uplift others and raise awareness. There are a number of… [Read More...]

Easter and Events

Posted April 24, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I had an amazing Easter weekend, and hope you did, too! I spent the holiday with my wife and both of our families, and one of my favorite parts of the weekend was going to church on Sunday. Church is always a good time to reflect, but this weekend, there was just a different vibe… [Read More...]

Wake Up Call

Posted April 24, 2014 at 6:09 pm

I just did a tour with Liz Means from A Way Out, which is a nonprofit based out of Colorado that provides counseling referrals, financial aid to motivated alcoholics and their families, and things of the like. Ironically, I had just read an article that caught my attention that was right up her alley. The… [Read More...]

Reaping What We Sow

Posted April 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm

After the successful Super Bowl party that we hosted with TPAS back in February, I got a chance to sit down with the TPAS committee to talk about the conference in September that we are all looking forward to. During what was supposed to be just a run-of-the-mill meeting, I couldn’t help but think just… [Read More...]

#Buzzkill

Posted April 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm

At first, I just shook my head. Then, I realized that there was more to this than just a story that was about to go viral… I heard a segment on the Howard Stern Show where they were talking about a girl who was recently arrested while on probation for a DUI. After she went… [Read More...]

A Night with a Kennedy

Posted April 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Every Thursday throughout the month, Northbound alumni holds different activities. We will do things like host round table meetings, celebrate birthdays/occasions, have open talk sessions, or invite speakers to join our group. This past Thursday, we hosted Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who came to share his own battles with addiction with us. The great thing about… [Read More...]