Turning wine into medicine

June 12, 2020

Turning wine into medicine

I have followed Sans-Bar owner Chris Marshall for quite a while now.  The idea that you can find a drink that lets you celebrate with friends without the inebriating side effects is a fairly new concept.  The first time I enjoyed a night out with a drink that wasn't seltzer water, and was actually very good was just last year.  I am so thankful for the work Chris has been doing.  Reading his story was absolutely fantastic.  He took his journey and made it about more than "not drinking".  He turned his sober journey into one that increased his wellness.  I am ALL about that! I am very excited to share his story with you.  Here's the sober journey of Chris Marshall in his own words.


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The Questionnaire

1. What prompted you to start your sober journey?

I have struggled with anxiety and depression for most my life. At 23, I felt overwhelmed by both, and my drinking wasn't really helping me get better. I started drinking to connect with my peers, and at the end of my alcohol use I was totally alone. 

2. How long has it been?

I have been sober for 13 years. 

3. What has been your biggest 

challenge/lesson during your sober journey? 

I think the hardest challenge has been to be patient with myself  as I try new things in sobriety. I'm a recovering perfectionist, and I can be my toughest critic at times. 

4. What is you greatest motivation to remain sober?

I think of my life as a story, and I believe the best chapters are yet to be written. I have found that being sober gives me the freedom to be whatever I want to be in this world. I keep staying sober to see what the next chapter of my life will look like. 

5. What insight can you give to anyone contemplating beginning their journey to a sober and wellness focused life?

You cannot fail. If you have a few days sober and drink again, focus on the days you didn't drink. Also, define a success outcome beyond "not drinking". For me, I wanted to experience less anxiety and relationship conflict. Staying sober improves my mental health and my ability to be a healthy man in every relationship I have to day. 

6. How do you incorporate what you’ve learned on your journey into your daily life?

Over the past 13 years, I've picked up tools like meditation, utilizing therapy, and mindfulness that help me navigate tough situations. As a business owner, I have to reach into my recovery toolbox and use each of those skills as I expand my vision nationwide. 


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