Citizen of the Week: Nancy Moore, A Reflection of Sobriety

Nancy Moore
I am extremely grateful for where I am today. I love being a part of life again.”
Nancy Moore, One-Year Sober

CULLMANNancy Moore is like a breath of fresh air. Her bubbly personality is infectious, and her willingness to help others is extraordinary. However, there’s something many may not know about her: on July 12, 2015, she will celebrate one year of sobriety.

Moore and her husband Steve have four children, Hunter, Caitlin, Nash, and Brittney. They have one grandson, Kaden. Moore is a stay at home mom and also volunteers in the community. Happy as a clam and always full of life, Moore has overcome numerous obstacles.

“I am an alcoholic and a drug addict,” she said without blinking an eye. “I was addicted to Xanax and pain pills. I own everything that has happened to me, and I take full responsibility for what happened.” 

“In July of 1993 I got sober the first time,” she explained. “I realized I was an alcoholic and a drug addict. I got sober here in Cullman and had a lot of support. I went to my twelve step meetings regularly. Life was great, and I blossomed,” she smiled.

Moores’s life halted in May of 2008 when she lost both her parents in a plane crash. For Moore, coping with the accident was too much to handle.

“A doctor put me on Xanax, Ambien, and anti-depressants,” she said. “I needed help for the short term, but I became addicted to those. Then in 2010 somebody offered me a beer, and I drank it.” 

After that, Moore started drinking again, but only in moderation. She felt like she had her problem under control, but shortly after that, her craving for alcohol resumed and her consumption increased.

“It really got bad around 2012. A lot of people knew I had a problem before I ever did,” she smiled. “My brother and sister, my husband, my mother-in-law, other family members and friends confronted me about my drinking, so I began to hide it and for the next year I drank by myself. I was so heavily addicted to the pills and the drinking that my life was falling apart around me.”

“On July 10, 2014, I asked for help. I told my brother, sister and husband that I could not get off the pills by myself – I needed help. I believe that is the day God intervened in my life. The next day I was in a car headed to rehab. They sent me to rehab in Panama City so nobody could come and get me,” she added, “because when you ask for help, it needs to happen really quick before you have time to change your mind. On July 12th, I woke up in rehab, and that’s when my life changed. I was detoxed and have not craved or wanted a pill or a drink since.”

“I am extremely grateful for where I am today. I love being a part of life again.”

Moore now lives her life one day at a time. She considers herself blessed to have support from her family and friends. Her church family at St. John’s has taken her under their wing and continues to pray for her, lending a helping hand when needed. However, above all, Moore says she would never be able to maintain her sobriety without God. 

“I pray every morning that God will help me stay clean and sober, and when I lay down at night I thank Him,” she smiled. “When my day starts getting crazy, I can start my day over anytime by saying, ‘Okay God, this day is going crazy, let’s start this over’. After all, it’s His will, not mine. That’s hard sometimes because I try to take my will back, but I’ve turned my life back over to the care of God.”

Sobriety gave Moore a fresh perspective on life, and she transforms each new day into something wonderful for everyone she meets.