“Hi, I’m Adriana Kuprešak and I am an alcoholic.”
Not the most glamourous introduction, I know but I’d prefer to set the scene from the start. You’ll either connect with my message, or you won’t. In a former life, not too long ago I spent 11 years fuelling an addiction to alcohol and carelessly tampering with drugs, while diving deeper into the depths of depression. Basically, I was walking towards rehab, in my designer shoes and you probably never would have known because I was a high-functioning addict. I have survived anyone’s worst nightmares and here I am, I live to tell my tales. My self sabotaging streak was met with self hate, perpetual self hate- a cycle I knew I needed to break. But how?
In March 2016, I sunk the deepest I’d ever sunk in depression before and began to pen down a suicide note. I reflected on the years of the abusive relationship I’d had with myself and every lesson I’d ever allowed inside my life. Sex, drugs and alcohol were my favourite distractions in the past, but in that very moment, my reflective narrative had me thinking. I told myself, “You’ve been this alcohol reliant and addicted freak show for the past 11 years and it got you this far but life doesn’t look the way you expected it would. How about instead of committing suicide, you give sobriety a chance and if that doesn’t work, do what you want with your life?!” Let me tell you now, nothing scares an addict more than getting clean and sober. It meant I had to unlearn all my former habits, rewire my brain for self love and most importantly, admit my powerlessness to alcohol. That’s some scary stuff right there. My sober anniversary is 11.9.2016 and while I am new to this new path, I am still proud because it’s the cleanest my blood has been in over a decade. *Please pause and clap at your screens right now*
“It’s ironic because as a travel blogger I always looked for the road less travelled and as an addict, sought the road most had already travelled.”
Why am I telling you this instead of all the other great things I have achieved? Like I said, my message won’t connect with everyone but right now, it is my greatest passion. I am open about my new journey and past struggles because I know what it’s like to contemplate taking your own life and I know what it’s like to look for any reason not to. I know from personal experience when I was seeking sobriety, I looked for people to look up to who had already walked the road before me. It’s ironic because as a travel blogger I always looked for the road less travelled and as an addict, sought the road most had already travelled.
These days, I find it my daily mission to not only practice self love but also educate people around me on social issues such as mental health, addictions and domestic violence. I am an advocate for creating awareness on these issues on both this blog and YouTube Channel and will never stop fighting for these causes.
I am also a contributor to Jetset Times, Rebelle Society and have access to the Contributors platform on The Huffington Post & Elite Daily. I think I can officially call myself a writer. Read one of my most powerful and well-read pieces on self love here. Or this one which was featured on Huffington Post Women, Glamour magazine and Rebelle Society.
If you want to know about the story about my life in an abusive relationship, click here.
If you’d like to read about what it’s like to be in alcohol addiction recovery, click here.
My Press Kit is available upon request.
I am also available for guest posts, collaborations and public speaking.
I studied Fashion Business and Design at Sydney’s prestigious FBI Fashion College and immediately found my feet in the industry from the sales floor to visual merchandising at 19. My dreams came true when I met highly acclaimed Production Manager Colleen Cuneo and assisted her through some of Australia’s leading and high profile events. Under her guidance and mentoring, I began my Fashion Styling career as the personal stylist for Australian celebrities Didier Cohen and Jesinta Campbell. During my mid twenties my styling work was seen on the red carpet, in print, online publications and television. Finding a balance between my two great loves, fashion styling and visual merchandising, I also am a protégé of Annie Bloom’s Visual Empire, empire. Here I gained three years of set installation, display, styling, fashion show production and Christmas installation experience, including the famous annual QVB Tree. For the past three years, I have worked endlessly to turn this blog into a business that enables me to live my dream life. As an established travel & lifestyle blogger, I have over 9 years experience in the industry and understand it like the back of my hand.