Did I have a drinking problem? Let’s just say, I did not have a problem drinking.

I drank at sporting events, in college, at pool parties. I never thought that much about it. But things spiked when the economy went down in 2010 and my firm essentially closed its doors. I was under-employed and it hurt.

I was home drinking and doing yard work. I went to get some gas and came back. Then the police arrived and I was arrested for a driving under the influence. It was an unfortunate mistake. I had essentially done the same thing years before. My wife had poured out my booze – so I went out to get more. And when I got back – the police showed up.

I had never been arrested before.

I enrolled in a DUI class at COR (then it was called NCA) – as part of what I needed to do to clean things up. At the same time, I joined an anger management class and participated in a yearlong out-patient alcohol treatment program. I am extremely fortunate for this “cross-pollination”.

There was the whole gamut of personalities in the class. Lots of frustration about being in the “system”. That’s how it felt. But in time, I actually looked forward to coming to class at the end of the day.I considered it a wonderful pause in the middle of the storm.

COR/NCA played a pivotal role in my recovery. The counselor I worked with was incredible. He was experienced – and most importantly sincere. He had a depth of understanding and really helped me.

So what’s come out of all of this? I have been sober for two years.

I am in the best shape of my life (and that’s coming from a division 1 athlete).

I have prioritized taking care of myself, my family and my work .

I have two children and a wife to whom I am devoted.

And I am keeping it all together. Life has gotten better. And it gets better.

Nate O., age 48. Architect.
18 Month DUI Program Participant COR/NCA 2014-15