Dalton Cline

Publisher’s note: This week, hear from our certified Real West Virginian of the Week in his own words. Dalton Cline is not only in recovery himself, but he’s working with others to ensure they know recovery is real. We are pleased to highlight his good work!

My name is Dalton Cline, and I am an alcoholic.

My sobriety date is January 16, 2020.

I started using drugs when I was 15 years old. That led me to experiencing other substances until I graduated high school. I went on to college to play football where I found pain pills and hallucinogens. After I flunked out of college, I came back home. 

Unfortunately, my drug habit followed me. This led me on a five-year run of being homeless three times in three different states, overdosing four times as well as in jail in two different states. The last time that I tried to get sober, I told myself as long as I’m not doing hard drugs, I would be able to drink. I never really classified myself as an alcoholic. Unfortunately, alcohol gave me more legal troubles than the drugs ever did. With that being said, alcohol is a drug, and I am not able to function with any mind-altering substance. My lowest point in life was probably when I was homeless in New Bedford, Massachusetts during the wintertime where there was 20 feet of snow, and on a regular daily basis it was -20 degrees. I would find myself in a Catholic church sleeping in a confession room just trying to stay warm while eating pizza from an old box that I had found in the dumpster.

I think my aha moment was at some point when I decided to go to a Recovery Point back in 2020. Something just finally clicked for me where I realized that I needed to change my life for myself. No matter how many people I have in my corner, at the end of the day, it’s my choice whether I am going to stay sober another day or not.

I am now over 49 months sober. I am soon going to be a married man, and I have the most beautiful baby girl in the world. I have a full-time job working in recovery as well as a part-time job on the side. I am continuously doing work to help the younger age in this community with sports and academics in hopes that I can make an impact on their life and they never make the choices that I did. I am truly grateful for the life that I have today, as well as the people that stuck in my corner and the new ones that I brought along for the ride. There is nothing short of a miracle that has happened for me still being on this earth, and I am truly thankful that I get to enjoy each and every day waking up knowing that I am sober.

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