Tina: Recovery Gave Me Freedom from Shame and Guilt

A woman shares her story of recovering from alcohol and drug use and writing a book to help others to recover.

My name is Tina M. Levene and I am a national speaker and comedian, as well as a grateful recovering alcoholic and drug addict with more than 15 years of sobriety. My message is “Transforming Trauma into Purpose.” I am a published author of a newly released book called Let Your Lessons Become Your Blessings and hope to motivate every person to declare that they are not a mistake, abuse is not their fault, they have a purpose, and there is hope.

As a child of an alcoholic father, I quickly adapted to the dysfunction addiction creates in families. At the age of 9, I picked up a cigarette and began to smoke. At the age of 14, I began drinking alcohol. At the age of 18, my love affair with drugs began. By the age of 23, I was told by numerous psychologists, doctors, and professors that I would not see the age of 24 if I did not quit disrespecting my body by abusing alcohol and drugs. One more drink led me to a 13.5 hour binge and I did not get drunk. This scared me sober.

I had the blessing of getting sober in Akron, Ohio, the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous. My first recovery meeting was with my father (now in recovery for 34 years).

Today, I live a life for God and helping others achieve sobriety. Recovery is not a game to me; I take it very seriously. It has been the biggest challenge living a life free from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; however, the rewards are beyond my wildest dreams. The freedom from guilt, shame, and hurt is the biggest gift my recovery has given me. I am eternally grateful for my recovery.

Last Updated: 12/18/2015