sobriety stories

The recovery community is never short of inspiring sobriety stories. Heck, every ex-addict in recovery is an inspiring sobriety story. But there are inspiring sobriety stories; then there are inspiring sobriety stories. And we’ve assembled two of the best and most recent for you right here.

The Sober Running Man

Some runners run 26 miles. The length of a full marathon. Other runners run 26 hours. The length of time in years of their sobriety.

That’s what Raleigh, North Carolina “Running Man” Charlie Engle did anyway. Ran a 3.6 mile course through the city’s Dorothea Dix Park for 26 straight hours. An hour for every year he’s been in sobriety. Really.

Why? Well, as wralSPORTSfan reports, Charlie’s running “to draw attention to the nation’s opioid crisis”, as well as "to raise awareness for a new Raleigh-area treatment group.” More importantly, Charlie “hopes his story and his run will inspire others to seek help and to know that recovery is possible.”

Running straight through the night and day might sound like an impossible feat, but to many an addict so does the idea of long-term sobriety. Just ask Charlie, who proved sobriety was possible -- and enjoyable -- 26 years ago.

The Anonymous Recovering Addict

It was early on a Friday morning. The six-member Toms River First Aid Squad were having breakfast after at a local IHOP after a long, overnight shift. Then, all of a sudden, the restaurant’s General Manager approached the EMT’s table with their check, and with their check a note.

"Paid, thank you for all you do! Have a great day!," the note said. Signed, simply: "Recovering Addict."

"We were all a little fried after Thursday night, and so Friday morning, getting that thank you note, it was the nicest thing anyone could have ever done for us," squad Captain Alyssa Golembeski told CNN.

"[And] EMTs do not eat light," Golembeski said. "We racked up a $77 bill."

After breakfast, the Toms River First Aid Squad posted a photo of the receipt to their Facebook Page in the hopes that the woman might see it. But Recovering Addict has remained anonymous.

"This gift was amazingly thoughtful, and brought our table of tired EMTs to tears," read the squad’s Facebook post. "We are so blessed to be able to serve you and everyone else who lives and works in the greater Toms River area. Good luck on your journey of recovery!"

Golembeski also told CNN that she and her team have two messages for the woman:

"First of all, thank you for buying our breakfast and for literally making my whole week," Golembeski said. "I couldn't stop smiling that entire day."

"Second of all, I just want to commend you for getting into recovery and for beating the disease that is addiction."

Inspiring Sobriety Stories

We here at Recovery Boot Camp would like to applaud both Charlie Engle and Recovering Addict for their respective acts of sacrifice and kindness. Former substance abusers are too often seen in a negative light, and it’s crucial that everybody gets to read inspiring sobriety stories such as these. We know. We are privileged to see such stories spring to life, day after day. And we see the effect inspiring sobriety stories have on everyone.

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