Today’s pretty rad… because today I get to celebrate 3 years of sobriety! September 14th in 2015, I was waking up in Barcelona - after a near 12-hour binge drinking session - experiencing some serious confusion, a killer hangover, and a sinking feeling in my stomach that I’d done it again. Yet again I’d be apologizing for actions I vaguely remembered. Yet again I’d spend the morning searching for my belongings, which I’d lost around the town the night before. Yet again I’d be hurting the people closest to me; letting them down time & again for a problem that took me a bit longer to recognize. Well, that morning it ended. I pulled myself together and went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and haven’t had a sip of alcohol since. This kick-a$$ decision changed the entire direction of my life.
I’ve never been more comfortable in my own skin. I feel ALL of the feelings and deal with my shit in healthy ways. There’s no crutch, there’s no more escape. I’m just here. Living. Feeling. Doing. Creating. Loving. Getting alcohol out of my way was the most liberating decision of my life. It wasn’t “easy” by any account, but so worth it. My energy level went through the roof, I rediscovered my passions - all of which led me to quit my safe corporate job and open up DOUGHP early last year.
Our generation has normalized alcoholism. Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives. Often passed off as “party years” or “just having fun” - the drinking culture makes it difficult to accept you have a problem without losing your job, getting a DUI, or some other severe consequences. I always believed I could control my drinking; I’d set out for a night of drinking just absolutely SURE that this time would be different. But it never was. I faced my own set of consequences and made the decision to not push my luck any further. I cannot handle alcohol ...and that’s something our society makes pretty damn hard to accept.
At the root of my troubles with alcohol was my mental health. I was excelling in almost everything and still convinced I wasn’t good enough. Nearly 1 in 2 Americans will develop a mental health disorder in their lifetime — but we’re all so sketched out to talk about it. To answer honestly when someone asks “How are you?”. These days, we’re more connected than ever - but we all know what that’s done to our daily life. We’re moving around this world with our headphones in, our face in our phone screen, and a disdain for anyone who even makes eye contact for too long. What role can DOUGHP play in helping us all just connect a little bit more - remind you to be there for a friend when they need you, and to reach out when you’re the one in need? What if we can come together more often?
I started DOUGHP to bring cookie dough out of the kitchen - this sweet, nostalgic treat that can help us escape for a moment to a simpler time. Our storefronts created an alternate space to gather with friends outside of the ubiquitous bar scene - but still with super chill music. :) We’re on a mission to reduce the social stigmas around mental health & addiction and provide resources & support where we can — here are the few of the ways we’re out to inspire change:
The Struggle is real.
It's real for you, for me, and for the 1 in 2 of us who will develop a mental health disorder in our lifetime. So why do we fake it through filters? Some days are truly #blessed, but some days we're feeling more like FML.
REALITY CHECK: IT'S OKAY TO NOT BE OKAY
DOUGHP is hustling for a world built on raw truths, not half-baked perfection.
We pledge to keep it raw and keep it real, every day.
I will answer straight up when someone ask "how are you?"
I will give & accept compliments without hesitation.
I will keep an open door for anyone who is struggling.
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