It's not every day that I feature a former NFL player on The Sobriety Collective. I mean, the man has his own Wikipedia page. From the Denver Broncos' second round draft pick in 2013 to proud father, partner, and recovery advocate in present day, I present my (Twitter) friend, Montee, to all of you.
Name: Montee Ball
Location: Denver, Colorado
Recovery date (turning point for addiction or mental illness): 7/31/2016
Classical music, golf, raising awareness about addiction, entrepreneurship
If applicable, drug of choice: Alcohol
Recovery story in a nutshell:
I developed a habit of drinking until I blacked out, during my years in college. That habit then followed me to the NFL, where I found myself to be alone, with "friends" who only partied with me because of what I provided for them. It became extremely difficult for me to talk to anyone because in sport, you're taught not to show any weakness. So I then developed a habit of suppressing my addiction (habit). This overall pattern led to a world of hurt, loneliness, and shame. Which then increased my drinking. Once my son was born, I then found out what my purpose in life is. So I became sober in order to be in my son's life. And I plan on staying this way!
Top 5 Recovery Tools
1. Building a sober support community around me.
2. Swallowing my pride.
4. Being proud to be in recovery.
5. Loving myself!