Trans4mind Home Page

Professionalism and Working an
Anonymous Program of Recovery

By Crystal Hampton

Throughout college I thought everyone drank like me. There were constant parties and nights at the bars. What I didn’t realize was that everyone else around me could stop when they needed to but I could not. I would drink to the point of blacking out until I got sick. The next day I would be so hungover that I would use the “hair of the dog” to offset my hangover and then I was off and running again for the rest of the day drinking. This became the vicious cycle of my everyday life.

Entering the Professional World of Teaching

I began teaching first grade and my drinking became an everyday occurrence. I would wake up incredibly hung over, and often times getting sick in the class bathroom before my students came in for the day. I was then responsible for eighteen little ones for the day, keeping them safe, and receiving the education that they deserved. While I was in the height of my addiction, I was also in the classroom teaching and fighting for my life.

The teaching profession as a whole is under-appreciated, underpaid, demanding, and stressful to say the least. Because of this problem drinking and alcoholism are very common in the profession. Myself and my colleges often hit the bars on the weekends, and always heard from others there that teachers were always the craziest drinkers there. This was also compounded by the fact that while in the classroom working with students, their parents and the staff we had to maintain a high level of professionalism, and the image of a sweet and innocent elementary school teacher.

No one wants to think the future generation of our country is in the hands of an alcoholic. The stigma attached to alcoholism is one that needs to change. But sadly even when you are clean and sober if you tell someone you are an alcoholic they picture someone who is homeless, living on a park bench. The disease of addiction does not discriminate, and affects people of all genders, ages, races, and sexual orientation.

My Rock Bottom

My 30th birthday I hit my breaking point. I got so drunk that I blacked out, drank all of the alcohol in my friends house, stole money from her husbands wallet, and drove thirty minutes across town and woke up the next morning with no idea where I was or how I got there. I do not know how I did not kill myself or someone else that night on the road. I can't even describe the feelings of shame, regret, and guilt I had for my actions.I had no idea what to do but knew I had to do something. I could not go on living this way.

My Journey into AA

That summer I had been babysitting for a woman and her two children. After a couple of months of watching her children she came back home with her entire extended family. I asked what they had done and if they had fun. She responded, “Yes, I was picking up my three year medallion for AA.” I could not believe this woman who seemed to have the most perfect life and family was a alcoholic! I reached out to the woman I had babysat for and told her I needed help. That day she took me to my first AA meeting, I cried the entire time. I kept coming back because that’s what I was told to do and clearly any decision I made for my life was not the right one. The women in AA carried and loved me until I learned to love myself. Since that day I have been sober for three years.

I was sober barely thirty days the beginning of the next school year. I was teaching during the day, and then attending a AA meeting everyday after school. The students, their parents, and my colleges had no idea I was an alcoholic in recovery. I was so grateful that AA was an anonymous program and I did not have to worry about others knowing this part of my life unless I told them myself. I would go out with my teacher friends and would be the only one not drinking. I explained to them I had stopped drinking due to health reasons to protect my anonymity and my position in my profession.

This is what I choose for my recovery but everyone is different. After a couple of years sober I did decide to share that I was a recovering alcoholic with my closest friends. They could not believe I was an alcoholic because I seemed to have my life together. I explained to them that the life I had today was only because I working a honest program in alcoholics anonymous and their support in my journey was beautiful!

Raising Awareness

I now work for a digital marketing company where I am able to share my experience, strength and hope with other struggling alcoholics. My hope is that sharing my story will help to break the stigma that comes with being an alcoholic, or addict. If you are struggling and are sick and tired of being sick and tired there is another way of life! Through the 12 steps of AA, working an anonymous program you can begin to heal the wreckage of your past. This part of your life is something that you can choose who you want to share it with, and who you do not. Recovery is for you and so you can live the beautiful, healthy, and happy life you deserve!

Crystal Hampton Crystal Hampton, 37 years old… “I work for Recovery Local, a digital marketing company that advocates spreading awareness on the disease of addiction. Our company was founded by and staffed with recovering addicts cultivating recovery resources through sharing our own experience, strength, and hope.” Facebook - Twitter.

Share on Facebook   Share on Twitter   Share on LinkedIn
More Goals & Life Coaching articles
Latest Additions

Good info on many topics:

Tools for Transformation

personal development
Trans4mind offers its visitors a huge range of complimentary personal development resources for self-directed education and transformation of the whole person...
Introduction to our Tools for Transformation. We aim to open up the mind to new ideas, new challenges and new solutions - to think differently and be creative.
Here are our favorite quotes. The best quotes distill powerful wisdom into a few words and can make a real difference to our perception and understanding. Including:
Life  Purpose, Spiritual  Awareness, Success and Abundance, Wisdom from the Heart, Happiness and Wellbeing, Communication & Relationships, Motivation and Leadership, Parenting and Education, Emotional Intelligence, Transitions in Life, Social Community, Quirky Quotes, Creativity, Proverbs, Humor - and many further topics in the Wisdom from the Heart section.
Articles by Peter Shepherd and Wallace Huey. Imagine if the values of the heart could be brought into our families, communities, charities, organizations and businesses... what kind of a world would this create?
Audios by Peter Shepherd, focused on key personal development topics, to help advance your personal growth.
A free meditation program to help you experience the state of unconditional love - key to lasting joy and fulfillment in your life.
Become more clear about your own identity, what you want in life - your life vision - and how to manifest your full potential. And then move on to the free New Life Course to advance in many further ways.
If we do actually have a soul, then where does it go after death? Near-death experiences provide convincing answers.
Check out our fascinating collection of complete books for you to read online, including Peter Shepherd’s Transforming the Mind, which created the foundation of this site back in 1997.
Over 250 PDFs to freely download covering many personal development topics - and including the range of Trans4mind publications.
Free personality test based on the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire. See yourself as others may see you, in a more objective light, so you can know yourself better.
Our site is expansive, including loads of helpful resources. See what else we have.

Check out the menus on the top of every page too!

Hypnosis Downloads

Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...

View all the Hypnosis Downloads here

Copyright © 1997-2018 Trans4mind Ltd
Terms of Use & Privacy Policy       Email Webmaster