Introduce yourself! Who are you?
My name is Temple and I am an alcoholic and addict in recovery. Oh wait, this isn’t an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting! Let’s start over. My name is Temple Florip. I am a wife, mother, yin yoga teacher, and I manage a popular yoga/fitness studio in Traverse City, MI. I also happen to be an individual in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction, sober since 2011, and I’m passionate about helping others and sharing my story in hopes of breaking down stigma.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Please be nicer to yourself. Please be nicer to others (it feels better that way). And just because life looks the way it does now, does not mean it’ll always look this way. Things will get easier and you will grow into a woman you love and respect, who holds the love and respect of others.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Support each other! Women need women and the more we try to build each other up, the better off we’ll all be.
When and how did you decide that you wanted to quit?
I abused alcohol and drugs like it was my job until I was in my late 20s. The decision to quit came years before the final time I drank and used, however. For most addicts, it takes multiple attempts to find lasting recovery and that’s where we lose so many people. If an addict and their friends/family count every relapse as “failure,” they’re far less likely to get the support they need to try again. It’s a hard thing to go through alone, so if you know someone who is struggling, please don’t give up on them. Absolutely, have clear boundaries, but don’t give up.
Was there any one piece of wisdom or element of treatment that helped you stay the course?
One piece? It takes so many pieces but it’s definitely doable! Sobriety is turning my back on alcohol and drugs. Recovery is a lifestyle.
It’s having community and transparency; practicing gratitude and mindfulness. It’s recognizing my patterns, setting healthy boundaries, and practicing self-compassion.
In early recovery I think it’s so important to find a new community if your old one revolved around drinking and/or using. AA may not be for everyone (it isn’t ideal for me) but in early recovery, active participation in a program like AA can give structure until you know what works best for you. Recovery is a whole new lifestyle so being part of an AA community can help guide the way.
What’s the best part of being sober?
My life today is phenomenal! Truly, it’s greater than I ever thought it could be and vastly more than I used to think I “deserved.” When I was in active addiction, my life was consumed by alcohol, drugs, and selfishness. Now, I have an amazing family, a successful career, and mental stability. I’m happy.
Temple Florip has been a yoga instructor since 2015, and in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction since 2011. Today, Temple is dedicated to helping others by being open about her position in recovery, sharing her love of yoga, and being of service in both communities.