Online Alcohol Class Changed One Life

by: Mike Miller

As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes counseling young addicts is my life. While the majority of success stories come from my in-person relationships with patients and students, I often am endeared by those whose lives have been changed by my online alcohol class.

One of my former students, Juanita, sent me a heartfelt email of thanks after taking an 8-hour level one alcohol awareness class. Following is a summary of the emails that went back and forth and I feel them worth sharing with you.

Juanita’s Story

Juanita is a 29-year-old mother of two. Both her children are in middle school and have begun to experiment with alcohol. Juanita is an alcoholic. She drank every day for more than three years. She got intoxicated every single day. She knew her friends were doing it too. Like Juanita they tried to keep their addiction to booze in the closet.

On a typical day when she was picking her son up from football practice she was pulled over for a broken taillight. Again, this was a typical day, it was 7PM and she had already consumed four glasses of wine. She didn’t even feel drunk. She had driven after drinking this amount and far more so many times.

Unfortunately, the officer smelled alcohol on her breath. Despite consuming four glasses of wine, one full bottle, she passed the field sobriety test. Unfortunately, the amount of booze in her system could not hide from the breathalyzer. She blew a .14, almost twice the legal limit.

As a first-time offender part of her rehabilitation was a court-mandated alcohol awareness class. She enrolled in our 8-hour level 1 online alcohol class and the night after finishing the class decided she was done drinking!

In part was the fact that she was caught being an irresponsible parent. She could have gotten charged with child endangerment. She certainly had placed her children’s lives into harm’s way many times.

Juanita is a success story. Two years later she is still sober and is, in her own words, “100 times the parent I used to be.”

If you or someone you love has a drinking problem, I urge to seek help immediately. If you prefer to maintain total anonymity there are online alcohol classes too.