On January 22, 2018, Jackson, Mississippi resident Stacey Spiehler celebrated a milestone.
It marked two years to the day that Ms. Spiehler last took a drop of alcohol as well as used drugs.
A week prior to her two-year anniversary of being sober, the readers of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger voted her the top server in the Jackson area in an online poll.
Recently, I emailed Ms. Spiehler some questions about her journey the last few years for The Kids Wear Crowns.
KWC: How did you end up in Jackson, Mississippi?
I grew up in Southern Indiana with some roots in New Orleans. When it came time to choose a college, I picked The University of New Orleans and met my now ex-husband there. He and I were best friends at the time and when he got a job in Los Angeles, he totally floored me. Broke my heart! Luckily I got him to agree to move me out there to be his maid (long story short, lol) and we started dating and were married a few months later. When it came time to start a family, we needed to be closer to home, so he got a transfer with his company to a place close to Jackson.
KWC: I always believed that the need to do things supercedes the want to do things. When did the want to quit drinking happen for you?
KWC: How did you get into waitressing?
KWC: You’ve been featured in the Clarion-Ledger as well as on the Ellen Show. Did you ever think this would happen?
I was definitely in the Clarion Ledger, and someone from The Ellen Show did call me, but I wasn’t actually on the show. Maybe still one day! Still a big deal that someone called! No, I didn’t think any of this would happen to me. I’ve lived in a homeless shelter. I’ve been lying on the floor of a mental hospital in full delerium tremens screaming for help but not accepting it. I’ve been in withdrawals, in a puddle of my own bodily fluids, on the bathroom floor of my house. I’ve attempted suicide many, many times. Never in my life did I think the word “inspiration” would be used to describe me, let alone being voted best server in Jackson by a community I love so much. It’s a whole story of grace and gratitude, and a little work on my end. It’s overwhelming, flattering, and incredibly humbling.
KWC: What would you tell someone that is going through addiction?