Sober and Grateful: Graduate School Alumnus Lives His Best Life in Recovery At age 21, California native Zac Spowart ('14) had a "back problem." "The courts were on my back, my parents were on my back," he laughs, echoing a play on words he once heard from Chuck Rice, a regional vice president of Hazelden Betty Ford. "I couldn't stay out of trouble," Spowart says. "I needed help." That help came in the form of recovery and sobriety, along with a multitude of "patient and caring people who chose to assist me in my journey." Once he sought treatment for alcoholism, "my back problems started to get better," Spowart says. "I began to relate to others and their stories. I knew I wanted to do more. To be more." For Spowart, being in recovery fuels his drive to help others live their best lives and discover what feeds their souls. At age 34, Spowart is living his best life, filled with travel, outdoor adventure, spending time in nature and finding ways to continuously learn. His highlights reel includes training as a helicopter pilot, traveling to 49 states (and multiple countries), completing two Ironman 70.3 triathlon circuits, snorkeling with whale sharks near Isla Mujeres, scuba diving in Mexico's caverns and underwater free-diving with Galapagos sharks in Hawaii. The best part? He's done it all sober. Read more about Zac's recovery story.