Austin Cooper has been in recovery since April 10, 2013. He’s the founder of Sober Evolution, which is geared toward smashing the stigmas regarding addiction and recovery. Since deciding to turn his life around, Cooper has been able to give back just by being a good example.

I see alcohol as being a roadblock. Since getting sober, I have spent the past 5 1/2 years moving my life forward and I don’t plan on letting anything get in my way, especially alcohol. One of the driving forces of change for me was inspiration.