008 – Smashing Addiction Stigmas with Austin Cooper

Austin Cooper   -Personal Development Coach   -Founder of Sober Evolution, everything from clothing -> events -> to one on one life coaching   -Creator of The Sober Experience which has and event coming up in a few weeks in St.

 

Austin Cooper

 

– Personal Development Coach

 

-Founder of Sober Evolution, everything from clothing -> events -> to one on one life coaching

 

-Creator of The Sober Experience which has and event coming up in a few weeks in St. Petersburg, FL

 

-He’s been featured on ABC’s 20/20

 

-Owner of Peachy the Pig

 

-I started drinking at 15 which turned me from being shy to “life of the party”

-I started prioritizing my life around alcohol and drugs when I started college

-I dropped out of college twice

-I became extremely depressed and anxious and self medicated by using alcohol and various drugs

-I saw an old friend/drug dealer of mine decide to go to treatment on a Facebook post and witnessed him build his life which inspired me and opened me up to the idea of getting sober

-My family gave me an intervention

-I spent 22 days in rehab and treated it as a learning camp which allowed me to focus and become confident in building my life.

-Soon after treatment, I got healthy, started figuring out my goals and went back to school to get my real estate license.

-Through accomplishing things early on, I realized that I could accomplish anything. This excited me enough to start my own influential company, Sober Evolution

-Some other accomplishments of mine that have only been possible due to my recovery include: winning a legit athletic trophy, starting my own business, being featured on ABC’s 20/20, getting any job I interviewed for, moving to Florida, creating sober events.

3-5 takeaways:

-Fears don’t usually come true. They are only a figment if our imagination.

-As long as we strive to learn and grow each day, we can overcome just about any obstacles.

-The things we want most in life are usually right outside of our comfort zones.

-Sober isn’t boring

-Each hardship we have in life can be the greatest learning experiences as long as we open our minds to that fact and seek knowledge from those experiences.