Danny Bonaduce on how he got and stayed sober

danny-bonaduce-320Recently Danny Bonaduce gave a brief interview talking about his struggle with addiction and the turning point that got him to stay sober. He says January 10, 2011 was the day of his last drink. His wife, Amy, left him and point blank said that she does not need his money or anything else that he has. She just needs him and his sobriety. The day she left was the day he became sober and it’s been over 2 years since then.

Danny also says is that even though he’s been sober for two years, he still gets a craving every so often. He’s had to let go of the person he was at that point in his life when he was drinking. He had to let go of the things he was doing, the person he was being, and the life he was living in order to pursue the life that he wanted. This is similar to a lot of ideas we’ve talked about before with living the life of your values. You have to figure out your values and what you want out of this life. I often say that one of the hardest questions to answer is “What do you want?” Really think about that because it’s not an off-the-cuff response…what do you want?

This is just another story of someone’s road. It may not be your road, but it is a road. Not everyone goes down the same path of recovery. What gets one person to get sober and what gets another person to get sober can be wildly different, so don’t take this story literally. But if you are in the midst of a struggle or know someone who is, I think it can be powerful to hear other people’s journeys. It can be validating, offer new hope, and perhaps a fresh eye at the issue.

Share your thoughts…did this resonate with you? Do you have a similar story? What do you think?

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Rubin Khoddam, PhD Clinical Psychology student at University of Southern California, founder of Psych Connection.

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