Aug 16, 2020
"I find myself trying to unlearn things that don’t serve any purpose in my life any more…"
In this episode we are joined by Darren Jenkins (DJ). Darren is a Peer Coach Recovery Counselor and is also in the process of getting his degreen in Substance Abuse and Mental Disorder Counseling.
Darren shares his story of growing up in the South Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, drinking for the first time and what it meant to him as a teenager. We also talk about his theatre career after graduating from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, alcoholism and his journey to sobriety. Lastly we talk about his plans to use his education and life lessons to help others.
What a great conversation! I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from DJ in the future. There are plenty of gems to get from this show. Let us know what you think after listening!
00:05:08 Booker T Washington Performing Arts High School
00:09:36 Working in Theatre
00:18:54 Marriage and Divorce
00:25:40 Starting AA
00:27:54 Delirium Tremens withdrawals
00:31:27 Dealing with alcoholism in the family and drinking as a teen
00:36:22 Drinking as an alcoholic
00:39:02 Path to helping others
00:42:43 Are alcoholics the same as violent felons?
00:50:28 Navigating the legal system
00:53:44 Whats next?
00:56:38 12 steps
01:08:43 Wrap up