Staying Sober With Daniel Baldwin

And if he graduated from rehab, he would be allowed to join the Club Soba sober-living facility.

The support of his family and the evidence of his addiction became overwhelming. Tears rolled down Eamon's face, and he agreed to go.

"Thank you. I need help, and I guess I'm going to get it. Yesterday, I probably drank around 40 beers. I didn't see it was a problem until all the people who cared about me, my family and friends, showed me what a problem it was to them. They're giving me hard facts, and I just didn't see them as big a deal as they actually are."

Eamon left behind his beer-bottle-strewn apartment for Malibu, the rehab mecca of California, and for the first time in more than five years, Kristen O'Hara felt she would be able to get a good night's sleep.

"It's like a big boulder's been taken off all of our shoulders," she said. "We've been walking on pins and needles for years. And, you know, now we know he's in a safe place; he's going to get better."

Emerging From Rehab

According to Dr. Yakov Marshak, addicts often crave alcohol and drugs because they consume too much sugar and neglect important nutrients. During the Marshak Clinic's 28-day detox and educational rehabilitation program, Eamon was introduced to a low glycemic diet augmented by supplements and intense yoga sessions. Dr. Marshak said his clients find the yoga challenging at first, but often learn to implement it into their lives once they leave.

Graduates work with a therapist on an outpatient basis and many return for weekly alumni events that are used to motivate current clients.

While living at Marshak, Eamon began learning how to live in a different way: sober. After 14 days in treatment, his parents, Tim and Kristen, visited to see how much their son had accomplished.

"I'm just really proud of you," Kristen said, reaching over to touch his hand. Eamon's family entered group counseling and began to work through some of their problems.

Soon January arrived, and Eamon's time at the Marshak Clinic had come to an end. Baldwin arranged for him to stay at Club Soba, the same sober living facility where he currently lives. Eamon began attending daily AA meetings, spending time with others who were also trying to stay clean.

Then, after 60 days of sobriety, Eamon said he felt like a new person.

"I don't really even know who this person is because it's been so long since I've been drunk or using drugs on a daily basis," he said.

Baldwin, who had stayed by his side throughout the monthlong ordeal, offered words of advice. "If you could learn anything from my having to go to rehab the number of times that I've had to go … Stay consistent," Baldwin advised him. "I'm really proud of you, bro."

Since becoming sober, Eamon has taken up photography, started working, and is helping share his experience with other addicts at Club Soba.

"It's better than being drunk," he said. "I got a smile on my face, and I got no substance in me and I'm having a great time."

As Eamon reflected on the benefits of his newfound sobriety, Baldwin realized that Eamon had made a positive impact on him as well.

"Eamon reminds me every day of what it is that I'm supposed to be doing with my life … in order to stay sober myself," he said. "So Eamon was a gift for me, too."

CLICK HERE to read Eamon's first-person account detailing his journey from alcoholism to sobriety.

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