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  • Writer's pictureJeff Graham

Before and After with Peggi C

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

The pics below are of Peggi C, one of the greatest inspirations in my sobriety, a friend, and creator of This Side of Alcohol. I know it's going to be difficult to figure this out, but one of these pics was taken right before she started on her path of recovery, while the other one was taken about 1 year later. If you need help figuring out which is the before, and which is the after, DM me and I will help you out.

I know she is not fond of the pre-sobriety pic, but it is something I will never give up. Though it hurts me to look at it, it is critical that I never lose the impact that it has in my life. I really don't see Peggi in this pic, I see more of myself (yeah yeah, insert jokes here). But when I look at those eyes, I can truly feel what they are feeling. I know that look. I've seen it far too many times in my mirror. My family likewise has seen it more than once, which is painfully one time more than they should ever have had to endure. I hate this pic, because it probably makes me realize how much I hated that which I had become.

I'm sorry for posting this Peggi. Though you gave me your approval, I know it is not a moment that you enjoy reliving. But thank you, because I need it. I need to be reminded of the pain that my relationship with alcohol was causing, both to me and my family. I need to be reminded by those eyes just how much pain I was in prior to asking for help. I need to be reminded of what I never want to experience again!

Now about the other pic? Thank you Peggi! Thank you for showing us what is possible, attainable and ours for the asking, And thanks for showing us what the results of this effort called recovery look like!

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