When I arrived at TMR in the fall of 2020, I thought my life and my career as a professional dancer were both over. My alcoholism and drug addiction had brought me to my knees yet again, and I felt hopeless, ashamed, and without options. Since my time at TMR I have remained clean and sober for over two years now. My life has opened up and become bigger and more vibrant than I could have imagined.
I recently returned home to Vancouver BC from a month-long European tour as a dancer with one of Canada’s most prestigious dance companies. One of the gifts I’ve been given in sobriety is the chance to step back into a professional dancing career… something that was an impossibility two years ago.
The majority of this recent tour was spent in France. I had the opportunity to take what I learned at TMR with me on the road – the morning routine of prayer and meditation, attending 12 Step Meetings, connecting and working with other alcoholics, and staying in touch with my sober support people. I even had the opportunity to attend an English-speaking AA meeting while performing in Paris
I’d been to Paris many years ago but most of that trip was spent drinking, in blackouts, hungover, and wondering why I couldn’t drink like a gentleman. This time, as a sober man, I got to experience all the beauty and life that Paris and French culture has to offer. It was amazing and only possible because of the work I’ve done and the help I’ve received in recovery. TMR was the program I needed to get sober, get healthy, get honest, and get better. My life is blessed beyond measure… and it’s true what they say: it works if you work it. And I work it.