Elizabeth: Celebrating Recovery From Alcohol Use

A woman shares her story of recovering from alcohol use and becoming a certified recovery specialist.

My name is Elizabeth Chance and I am in long-term recovery. I had my last drink and drug on August 14, 2006. I am an entrepreneur, single mother of three teenage children, and on top of the world! Prior to this, life really didn’t go the way I planned.

I graduated with B.A. in communications and got a job right out of school working for the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia. I was writing stories and doing production assistant work. I wanted to be the next Barbara Walters and was on my career path. But drinking got in the way, and after one too many drinks, I was fired. After divorcing my husband, I got my second break in the television business as a guest on-air spokesperson on QVC. I thought that I was better either drunk or hungover.

I was a binge and black-out drinker. Booze was my best friend. I didn’t have to feel. I felt nothing except for shame and utter disgust for myself. I didn’t know myself at all.

Today, I do. I like myself, and I am not ashamed of what happened the day before. I hold my head high, and I am an upstanding member of my community and society. In 2007, I started my own business, which has been growing ever since. I have a huge following on various social media sites, posting positive quotes daily. In September 2013, I completed my “certified recovery specialist” course and was certified in the state of Pennsylvania. I support successful change in newly sober people and their families.

Today my life isn’t about hiding and getting what I want; it is about helping people, sharing my passion for recovery and hope!

Last Updated: 12/18/2015