PJ Donahue - Overcoming Addiction

My name is PJ Donahue and I am an alcoholic. It took me a long time to admit that statement, but once I did everything around me started to change. I finally had the desire to stop drinking. I had had enough. Before I get into my challenge, let’s back up to the day I decided to give a real effort towards sobriety. I’ll never forget that day. In fact, it’s tattooed on my back.

That day was March 2nd 2015- The day my life took a turn towards who I was created to be.

March 2nd, 2015 was a Monday morning and like many Monday mornings, I woke up in my basement bar. I remember opening my eyes and the first thing that came into focus was the half empty beer I couldn’t finish from the night before. I was still in my coat from the nights last cigarette and my boots were still securely fastened to my feet. Not the best way to start the week.

As the buzz from the night before started to wear off and the hangover settled in, I knew I just couldn’t do this anymore. I was broken, beat down and couldn’t continue to battle through my days like this. I called out of work, reached out to a friend who became my sponsor and he took me to an AA meeting that night. Through the help of AA, church, my family and friends I am beyond grateful to still be sober. I am coming up on 5 years of sobriety in March of 2020. Thank you God.

So, now for my challenge. My challenge is to run a marathon in every state. 50 marathons, 50 states. I am currently 19 deep into this challenge and will run #20 on December 8th. Honolulu here I come!

Running has been an absolute blessing to me and my family. My 11 year old daughter Molly and wife Jenn often run the shorter races that are attached to these marathons. We get to see the country. We get to be a family. I am finally doing the things I talked about doing while I was sitting at the bar. My pipe dream has become a reality. I can and I will do this. I am strong, I am determined, I am sober.

My message to anyone who may be struggling is this- there is a way out. Yes, it isn’t easy, but sometimes you have to struggle to get to the miracle. It is so worth it. Thank you for letting me share a piece of my journey. God bless.

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