What do you do when you get home? How do you spend your time with your friends? When you’re at home with the family are you really “at home?” Tonight’s guest, Kelly, answers these questions from his own life and his story will help you look at your own life too.

Now that we’re in our third year, we’ve had the chance to talk to all sorts of people from a lot of different walks of life. However, at the heart of Real Recovery, we’ve always wanted it to be a show that featured regular folks overcoming extraordinary circumstances with the help of a powerful God. This episode meets all three of those prerequisites, and then some.

Kerry calls in from Baltimore to share his story of how alcohol kept him estranged from his family, almost killed his marriage and wife. He shares never how God was the only person who could pull him out of the hole he had dug for himself.

Kerry is transparent, honest and frank when he discusses his alcohol problem, his life as a high functioning alcoholic, but more importantly – he’ll offer you encouragement, advice and hope if you find yourself in the same situation.

Kelly’s Story

In case you missed it, here’s the acronym and brief questionnaire, C.A.G.E., that Bill & George covered at the beginning of the program:

C – Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?

A – Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

G – Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

E – Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning as an eye opener – to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

High functioning alcoholics will often minimize their drinking, and attempt to compensate through other areas to make it okay to drink. Here are some symptoms of a high functioning alcoholic:

You love to be in the company of other people who drink
You’re the life of the party
You’re generally obsessing over alcohol
The thought of alcohol is never far away from your mind
Alcohol is just a part of your life
You experience shame over drunken behavior
Find yourself doing things you’re not proud of
Constantly rationalizing your behavior

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