Anyway, I continued to smoke for 20+ years –
quitting countless times, just to give up and light up … again.
Regarding smoking, things finally clicked into place for me when I was 35 years old and “I Finally Quit”.
That feeling of relief was tremendous and I wanted everyone to feel … THAT. But, at the time, I was homeless. I had drunk myself out of nearly every meaningful relationship I’d ever had, my apartment and car were history, and I had no income to speak of.
“Who would listen to me?”, I thought.
Although I quit smoking, I was still drinking at an alarming rate … about a fifth of bourbon every day – straight out of the bottle. How much is a fifth? It’s the equivalent of drinking more than 4 bottles of wine … every day. I was a wreck.
I continued to drink, all the while, thinking, if I could follow the same steps I used to quit smoking and was able to quit drinking, I could share these 8 Steps to Quitting with the world.
Well, things turned for the worse, when my drinking caught up with me. I drank so much, I ended up in an Intensive Care Unit for eight days – three of which, I was kept in a medically induced coma. After a total of fifteen days, I was released from the hospital and had nowhere to go.
I ended up quitting drinking on August 8, 2011 and haven’t looked back.
I wrote a book entitled I Finally Quit …And So Can You: How to Gain Everything by Quitting; detailing how I’d lost it all due to my addictions, nearly died, then went on to create the I Finally Quit movement; empowering others to Join, Connect, Quit, and Inspire. (You can read the Introduction to my book for free here, if you’d like.)
Now, people from all walks of life have joined the IFQ movement, and are able to say “I Finally Quit”.
And that’s (the short version of) how I became to be known as David “the quitter” Ross. Check out a recent interview to get the whole story.