We connect sobriety seeking individuals with others
We create accountability through the Café RE accountability program
The Stigma is just as dangerous as alcohol. It’s time to shred the shame
What We Do
We bring like-minded individuals together, particularly in early sobriety, who seek a better life without alcohol through support and accountability.
Some members have years of continuous sobriety, while others are only days away from their last drink, we are all striving for better quality of life without alcohol. Stopping drinking is the first part of course, then we learn how to embrace a life without alcohol. Eventually we return to the point in our life when we were happy without alcohol. Imagine going to a party, wedding, concert, or other social event and not needing a chemical to enjoy yourself. This is not an overnight process, yet once achieved, it is the most liberating feeling in the world. We invite you to join us on the path to wellness and sobriety.
Recovery Elevator members who achieve sobriety are the same indiviuals who engage with others in the community. We offer similar experiences and support, attend online webinars, and depart from their comfort zones; regardless of when they quit drinking.
Shortly after episode 20 of the Recovery Elevator podcast, the goal and direction of our project became clear; together we are creating a community with a hope to shatter the stigma surrounding alcoholism and addiction.
We have little chance of making a change if we are alone; together, if we can stand as a united front. We have a strong opportunity to transform the societal view of alcoholism and make a difference.
We share a vision of eventual eradication of the stigma of addiction. There can be no forward progress if we remain silent. That last line was important so here it is again, there can be no forward progress if we remain silent. In the summer of 2014,
Recovery Elevator and the private community Café RE offer a safe, informative place, for those who wish to quit drinking. Many, including the RE Team, find solace and comfort in our cohesive community.
Café RE: Does your social media feed resemble this: Tom got that job promotion he’s been posting about. Mindy just married her high school sweet heart and their honey moon in the Maldives looks incredible. A friend form high school just had his third baby girl and life couldn’t get
What is missing from that social media feed? Life. Or rather, life on life’s terms. The fact is, what happens on Facebook is fiction in a world of non-fiction. In sobriety we must learn to accept and anticipate that challenges in life happen. The support found in a private, online community like Cafe RE is the safety net needed as we navigate life’s ups and downs. Engagement with people who are being honest and genuine about this reality known as life. It takes courage to be vulnerable on social media, yet in the right environment it is liberating!
The discussion that takes place in Café RE is real.
Café RE offers pathways OUTSIDE our comfort zones to find the the support and inspiration we need to stop drinking. We listen. We offer. We traverse uncharted territory in this journey together, through shared stories, powerful connections, and courage to move through sobriety while realizing we aren’t flawed beings at all; alcohol is a highly addictive drug.
Join us through our weekly podcasts, blogs, free recovery forum, and Café RE to begin a purer and healthier way of life. You need not suffer any more.
You do not need to take another drink.
Do You Have a Drinking Problem?
Have you taken online tests to determine if you have a drinking problem? Do you wonder if your drinking is actually a problem? Do you question if alcohol is negatively impacting your life? We’ve all searched for an answer.
Here is the 100% accurate way to determine if you have an alcohol problem.
Get ready, your response to the next question could change the direction of your life forever.
Are you ready for the most accurate alcohol assessment test know to man kind?
What if if you get an answer you don’t like? Will you re-take the test? Will you skew the results? Are you ready to take the test.
Let’s take the test. This should take about 14 seconds of time, so be sure to clear your schedule.
Okay, let’s start with question 1 which is a yes or no question.
- Have you ever asked yourself, do I have a drinking problem?
Okay, the test is over, fast right? Let’s look at the results. If the answer is no, I’m sorry. You do not have the opportunity to drastically improve your life with quitting alcohol. If the answer was yes, then congratulations, you’ve been given the opportunity to remove a tremendous weight off your shoulders and live a much better life.
How is this attainable? Well, here are some things to keep in mind.
- Recovery Elevator is a program based upon community
- A better life cannot be achieved alone
- Laughter is required
- A new life is not located in your comfort zone; you need to accomplish tasks that feel uncomfortable
- Don’t forget the results of the alcohol assessment test, our unconscious minds try to convince us that we are a normal drinkers
- The disease of alcoholism lies to us in our own voice
- A terrible bottom is not necessary to quit drinking. Many RE members are high functioning members in society who made a decision to quit drinking before they suffered unthinkable consequences
- There is no sugar coating here; quitting drinking is not easy. However, it doesn’t have to be brutal; it can actually be quiet enjoyable with the right support and resources
- This is YOUR time; a tremendous opportunity to improve your life
- Get REal (Not a typo:) and ask yourself if your ideas actions are really working. The answer will be clear
Let’s meet the the Recovery Elevator Team. Each of us made the decision to quit drinking. Life is good, friends, life is very good.
My name is Paul and I’m an alcoholic, which has been a tremendous blessing (I know you want to virtually slap me after reading that, but hang out for a while, it may make sense). When I take a drink, I find it near impossible to stop. The reason is that alcohol is one of the most addictive substances known to humans and I became addicted to alcohol. In fact, alcohol kills more people than all the other drugs combined. At the time when I was drinking, I didn’t know any of that. I thought alcohol made me relax and enjoy events more. I thought any responsible adult should be able to have a drink or two and stop drinking whenever they please. The why was I the only one in the world struggling with alcohol? Was that really the case?
Even after I managed to remain sober a few weeks, it seemed my addiction, or unconscious mind, began to convince me that I could have just one drink, and I often listened. The problem was that 1 drink was too many and 10,000 wasn’t enough. How the heck does that work? How could things come to this? Had my best friend alcohol had turned against me? I began to realize I had no control over alcohol which was a devastating concept to grasp. What happened when I made the steadfast decision to quit drinking over and over. Well, the short answer is my unconscious brain never got the memo. I realize this now, but when I was trying to quit drinking, it was the most exhausting time of my life.
I created the Recovery Elevator podcast to create accountability which has worked. I reached two years without a drink on September 7th, 2016, which is my crown accomplishment. In August 2014, at 1:55am, I searched for an online recovery community with little success. What I did find was a Bud Light Lime sponsored add. I had 5 minutes to get dressed, drive to the gas station and take a guess what I purchased. Now the Recovery Elevator private community Café RE has over 150 members and I think if I had of found this community in 2014, I wouldn’t have drank that evening.
Paul Churchill was a normal drinker in high school and most of college. He loved to drink. He played several sports in high school and played football at Chapman University where he majored in Business and Spanish. His love for alcohol led him to Granada, Spain where he bought a bar in January, 2006. He walked away from the bar after 34 months since he was killing himself with alcohol. He attempted the geographical cure, lived at home in Colorado for a year, and then went to graduate school in Seattle. An internship with University of Washington brought him to Bozeman, MT where he currently resides. Paul was sober from 2010- 2012 but he looks back at that duration of sobriety and says he was a dry drunk. In 2012, his unconscious mind got the best of him and he drank after being sober over 2 years. That same evening around 2:30am, Paul had a bottle of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide next to his computer and he googled which one he could drink to keep the buzz going. Talk about about picking up right where he left off. Paul struggled to quit drinking for more than 2-3 weeks until September 7th, 2014. There was more wreckage in that last bout of drinking and in the 2ummer of 2014 alone, there was a DUI, release of employment from a job, and failed suicide attempt. After reaching out to family, specific friends, starting a podcast, a sobriety counter app, selecting a sponsor, eating right, and exercising, Paul Churchill took his last drink of alcohol on September 7th, 2014.
“I was one of the lucky ones. 5% of people who make the decision to quit drinking, make it to 90 days, and then 5% of the people who make it to 90 days make 2 years. 5% of 5% of people make it to two years. I could not have done it alone and I’ve had countless support from so many. I’m so glad I found out that alcohol that was causing the pain and discomfort in my life. Quitting drinking was not easy, but the life I have now is exponentially better than the life I was living in 2014. The crazy part is my life is still getting better. It took years to arrive at the poor mental and physical state I found myself in when I quit drinking in 2014, and it’s going to take time for all that to return. However, I started to see improvements immediately, within 5 days, I was able to be present with my dog Ben. We played fetch together. I’m sure Ben was wondering why the hell we’ve never played this game. I fed Ben 2 daily healthy meals at fixed times, instead of random Wendy’s drive through breakfasts on the way back from the liquor store. This is a blind leap of faith where only YOU can do the work necessary to get sober, but I guarantee you with 100% sincerity. If you get outside of your comfort zone, engage with Café RE and ask for advice, you’ll quit drinking.”
Fear of basically everything in my 13 year old life led me to that first drink. Only six beers, shared between four friends. That day I came to an immature assumption, that alcohol was my emotional cure in a can. An andidote for my adolescent self doubt. Fear of my own broken and somewhat alcoholic step family, and the lonliness I felt within the four walls of home each afternoon.
Fast forward to June 8, 2014. That was when the recreation of alcohol took its final insidious hold. My last drunk. It was the night, after a day of wine, that I decided I couldn’t live this lie anymore. I couldn’t shoulder the shame and survive. Suicidal ideation had been at play for weeks, along with drinking from 4:00 AM until bedtime. My bottom struck as my teen daughters found me with a bottle of pills in my hand. They took action and got me the help I needed that evening. What transpired in those few final drunken moments has become a lifetime of change.
I somehow kind of mastered (faked) life as a highly functioning drinker. I was a successful stay at home mom for 10 years. I am not college educated, yet have managed to attract and maintain great jobs. The suffering settled in quickly, as the progressive nature of my disease had me in it’s grip. Alcoholism is cunning and masterful, if I hadn’t hit bottom that day, I would honestly be dead.
I’ve been sober since June 2014 and I’m taking this one day at a time. It is how I prefer to embrace my life now, in all arenas; one day at a time. Each day I wake up and realize that I only need to get through this one day. In my relationships, my career, my well-being, and my sobriety. For me, I had to face the fear and start to shred the shame.
Today I am grateful for the disease that lead to my recovery. Without my sobriety, nothing else matters.
An old-timer who I met in early sobriety told me: “just because the elevator goes to the basement, it doesn’t mean you have to go all the way down.” When I came into the doors of AA in 2008, I hadn’t encountered a lot of “yets.” I had not gotten a DUI…yet; I hadn’t lost a job…yet; hadn’t lost a relationship…yet; didn’t need to take a drink in the morning…yet. I was becoming more and more isolated, more and more secretive. I would resolve in the morning not to have a drink, to quit for a while, yet have a drink in my hand by “witching hour” (5:00 PM). I drank after work at 9:30 PM or 10 PM, to “unwind” sit in front of the TV until I fell asleep (passed out). I went to great lengths to hide the amount I was drinking: hiding bottles in the closet, sneaking empties out of the house, drinking wine in boxes so not one could see how much I drank. My life was a series of secrets.
Coming into AA and saying the words “I’m Tyrrell, and I’m an alcoholic” was like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Finally, I could be honest! Since then, I’ve been able to stay sober, one day at a time. During this time, life has happened: illness, death, financial problems, etc. and I’ve been fully present.
Around episode 25, Paul asked me if I’d be interested in helping with the Recovery Elevator podcast. Despite knowing little about podcasts, and even less about audio editing, I accepted his offer. I have officially become, a “content curator.” I thoroughly enjoy the process and this amazing learning opportunity. It’s also a pleasure to hear and polish these interviews before they go live!
The Café RE Private COmmunity is also in my daily sobriety portfolio, along with prayer, meditation, and reading.
Working as part of the Recovery Elevator team is a joy for me! I’m happy to be here, happy to be sober; grateful to all of ya’ll for my recovery!
Hello, I’m Buddy and I’m an alcoholic…not words I ever wanted hear come out of my somewhat successful mouth! Why did I have the need to drink continually? Why couldn’t I drink like some of my other friends and family?
I couldn’t figure alcohol out. I was the most financially successful member of my family…I had to be smarter than alcohol…right??? I started having more health consequences from alcohol; did two surgeries with a six week hospital stay make a difference? NO. Did being on a ventilator with a 50/50 chance of living, losing 60 pounds (weighed only 133 pounds when I left the hospital) and the doctor telling my wife to pick out my pall bearers make a difference? NO.
After another six months of fighting the drink, I finally decided to get some help so I did a short detox and started going to AA. Even with the effort of meetings I could not stay sober. For six years I was in and out of the program. This was the most miserable time of my life. Eventually one of those times that I was choosing either to drink or not, I decided that I have had enough…either God was or he was not. If He was, I would be able to work the program and stop. If not, I would end it. I was not going to continue down this road. That was November 10, 2008.
Since then my sobriety has grown into a life I could never had imagined. I believe by divine providence that God brought me across Paul Churchill’s path and Recovery Elevator in August of 2015. We have to give it away to keep it…I believe Paul and his cohorts are busy doing just that so I offered to help in any way I could. Thank you Recovery Elevator for an opportunity to serve!
” Big Storm worked with me to improve the Recovery Elevator website and gave me the tools needed to make changes. I was awarded a grant from the state of Montana and Big Storm took on the task of taking this website to the next level which isn’t an easy task considering I can change my mind in an instant.”