And he found that he was still himself with one change — it’s just club soda now, no vodka.
When he’s out, he doesn’t think of it as, “I can’t drink.” He sees it as an option he chooses not to take anymore. That distinction makes it easier for him.
But it’s not just about when Shane quit drinking. He needed something else to focus on, so he got involved with the Democratic Party of York County, and then founded the York County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats – a place where he can make sure his generation has a voice, he says. He uses social media to create a space where people can discuss the issues in a civilized way.
For Shane, it’s not just about building days of sobriety; it’s about what he does with those days.
“Once I eliminated alcohol, I kind of figured out who I am,” he says.
Now, almost two years sober, Shane likes who that is.
He’s fulfilled, he’s optimistic, and, he says, he’s living his best life.