One of the many misconceptions about sobriety is that it is simply the act of not picking up a substance. It is also relearning how to navigate the world in healthier ways, embracing connection and being of service to those around you.
It is not easy business and for an addict, any time sober is worth celebrating.
Actor and comedian Dax Shepard—aka Kristen Bell's husband—undertook the hard emotional work it takes to get and stay sober for the last fourteen years.
To celebrate, Kristen Bell took to Instagram posting this heartwarming photo.
The full caption reads:
"To the man [who] mocked me in our wedding photos because I cried too many tears of joy,
Who wore a baby Bjorn for 2 straight years to show his girls how to be as adventurous as possible,
Who held our dear little shakey mann pup for 8 hrs straight on the day we had to put him down,
I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it."
"I will forever be in awe of your dedication, and the level of fierce moral inventory you perform on yourself, like an emotional surgery, every single night."
"You never fail to make amends, or say sorry when its needed. You are always available to guide me, and all of our friends, with open ears and tough love when its needed most."
"You have become the fertilizer in the garden of our life, encouraging everyone to grow."
"I'm so proud that you have never been ashamed of your story, but instead shared it widely, with the hope it might inspire someone else to become the best version of themselves."
"You have certainly inspired me to do so."
"I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone, and I want you to know, I see you. I see how hard you work. You set an excellent example of being human.
Happy 14th year sobriety birthday, @daxshepard.