Georgia-born singer/songwriter Kristian Stanfill shared a deeply personal milestone on social media today. The Passion City Church worship pastor posted today marks two years of alcohol sobriety. Stanfill talked openly about his decision to go public with his journey and how he hopes to encourage others who may be struggling with addiction. You can read his post in its entirety below.
On November 11, Stanff will release a new solo album, Make It Out Alive, via sixtstepsrecords/Capitol CMG. The eleven songs on Make It Out Alive are his most personal offering to date. Written at a time of reckoning in his life, these songs were born out of Stanfill’s own need for survival. Along the way, it became clear that these songs could help someone else find hope at their lowest moment and to let them know that they are not alone.
I am 2 years sober today. I’ve been pretty quiet about this part of my life on social media but I wanted to share today for a couple of reasons.
first, somebody needs to know that you’re not alone. I read somewhere that “when we struggle in silence we suffer alone.” Owning our brokenness and being honest about our humanity helps us heal and helps others heal too. SOBRIETY IS A WE. I have taken every step of this journey WITH people. my wife, close friends, pastors, counselors…it takes a village! community and connection is where we experience the power of Grace and begin to heal. if you’re addicted and hurting the first step toward change is reaching out to someone and asking for help. we can’t do this alone.
second, somebody needs to hear that sobriety isn’t just possible but it’s also worth it. my life is not perfect and the last 730 days has not been easy but I am happier and healthier than I ever was with a drink in my hand. my head is clear and my relationships are real. my heart is ON and I’m dreaming again. I’m checked in to reality and I’m fighting to be present to every moment. this is the good life. beauty from ashes. something worth fighting for.
I hope this is encouraging for someone. I don’t have it all figured out and I have not arrived. this is a process and I’m committed to it. one step at a time, one day at a time until I see Jesus face to face and the struggle ends.