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Re(Pro) #46: Jeff Stevens

Jeff Stevens

Name: Jeff Stevens

Age: 50

Location: St. Louis, MO

Recovery date (turning point for addiction or mental illness): 3/14/1992

Creative niche: Officially an entrepreneur w/some writing potential.

If applicable to your story, drug of choice
Cheap Beer and Cheaper Tequila. Then Mad Dog 20/20.

Your story in a nutshell:

I pretty much drank alcoholically from the very start. I come from a long line of people with this disease. By the time I was 24 I had a DUI, been to jail numerous times and pretty much was a liar and cheater and a thief to everyone I knew. I hit my bottom in FLA and while I had been going to meetings I was still drinking. But on March 14th 1992 the pain got so bad that I did something I hadn't done up until that moment. I asked God for help. I got on my hands and knees in a veil of tears and surrendered. God removed my compulsion to drink right then and I'm grateful all the time it's never returned. I came to learn that this was a spiritual experience right out the Big Book.

That time the SRN boys met up with the HOME gals (aka Holly and Laura) and me. <3.

That time the SRN boys met up with the HOME gals (aka Holly and Laura) and me. <3.

Since then I've lived and experienced recovery in Florida, Chicago, London, St. Louis and traveled all over. I married up. Have two great kids. I built a career in advertising and found so much freedom that I worked on a ton of beer and spirits brands and never had the desire to pick up. I go to meetings, have a sponsor and sponsees and do a weekly recovery podcast at

In 2016 I put together two of short list of skills (beer marketing and not drinking alcohol) into a business called We make NA craft beer. [Editor's note: You can invest in WellBeing! Jeff and his team exceeded their goal of $125-200K - but there's still room for you. Click here for more details.]

Some truths I've found to be true: The more I'm around, the less I know and the 12 steps are probably the simplest and most rewarding spiritual path you will find.


Top 5 Recovery / Wellness Tools:

1) Meetings
2) Yoga
3) Weekly Podcast w/The Boys
4) NA Craft Beer
5) My 3rd step minute mantra: "Take this God, I don't want it."

Connect with Jeff.

Re(Pro) #23: Helaina Hovitz

I get to meet this pretty lady in May (She Recovers in NYC, people--yaaas!) and share the love at her wedding in June.  I'm so, so, SO, stoked.  We've been friends (online) for over a year and a half now, which seems nuts when I think about it.  If you're not familiar with Helaina yet, get ready to dive into the life and works of one of the most accomplished sober twenty-somethings in the world.  Seriously.


Name: Helaina Hovitz

Age: 27

Location: New York, NY

Recovery date (turning point for addiction or mental illness): 11/12/2011

Creative niche (art, music, writing, entrepreneurship, etc.): Writing 

If applicable, drug of choice (or not of choice...): 
Then: Weed and definitely mostly alcohol. Now: Cookies at 2am when I can't sleep.

Recovery Story in a Nutshell:

Recovery Story in a Nutshell

Oh boy....a nutshell? Let's hope it's a Walnut and not a Peanut, more wiggle room....I was 22, a social drinker with a few years under my belt, high-functioning, and in therapy for PTSD and anxiety when it occurred to me that I was jogging around the finish line when it came to making a full recovery. It was only once I entered 12-step recovery that I was able to start to really become the person I always wanted to be, living a life that felt fulfilling, calm, and full of healthy people and relationships.



Top 5 Recovery Tools

  1. Meditation and mindfulness.
  2. Speaking to and being of service to other women in recovery both in personal relationships and through my writing.
  3. Reading inspiring literature.
  4. Being mindful of HALT/ strong self-care.
  5. Remembering that everything is meant to be as it is at any given moment, even if I don't like it!

Connect with Helaina.


Re(Pro) #10: Owen Bowness

Totally embarrassed that I forgot to write Owen an intro.  Suffice it to say, he needs no introduction.  Muay thai boxer, podcaster, and dapper (#SOBER) man about town.  I give you, Owen Bowness.

Name: Owen Bowness

Age: 34

Location: Jersey City, NJ

Recovery date (turning point for mental illness or addiction): 9/27/2007

Creative niche (art, music, writing, entrepreneurship, etc.):
I am a comedian (since 2002); I am a podcaster; I am a Thai Boxer and  jiu jitsu player.

If applicable, drug of choice (or not choice…):
Alcohol and cocaine were the most problematic but I tried a long list of drugs from psychedelics (which were fun) and Oxy’s (which were not). 

Recovery story in a nutshell

Drinking and drugs became a problem while in college. I managed to limp through school and “earn” a degree and my drinking and drug use skyrocketed between 2004-2007. I was fired several times, lost quite a few friends, limited family interaction, couldn’t pay bills and basically could not take care of myself. Sobered up in 2007 after outpatient rehab and joining Alcoholics Anonymous. I was an enthusiastic member of the fellowship completing the steps, participating in a home group and taking service commitments including sponsorship. I have since moved on from AA as I no longer find the meetings helpful and I disagree with many tenets of the program. I maintain my spiritual condition through healthy, active lifestyle, creative and physical outlets, and a consistent meditation practice.  

Top 5 Recovery Tools:

Martial arts (#1 muay thai and #2 jiu jitsu), #3 meditation, creative pursuits (#4 stand up comedy and #5 podcasting). These activities keep my life full and enjoyable. I overcame the obsession to drink and drug while participating in Alcoholics Anonymous. 


Connect with Owen.
Twitter: @obcomedy
Instagram: @owie_b
Facebook: /obcomedy
Podcast #1: Life Beyond Our Mildest Dreams
Podcast #2: Muay Thai Radio