Going on dates often challenges Sonneborn to confront the stigma of addiction – and change public attitudes. “I think when people hear you are in recovery from addiction they tend to miss the “recovery from” part,” Sonneborn says. “The fact that I don’t drink tends to come up quickly when meeting someone new. I use it as an opportunity to teach someone about recovery. I refuse to hide it, though. I’m proud of my recovery and the more people that learn about it, the better.” Sonneborn uses his past to help others find recovery. He provides free coaching for the collegiate recovery community in Indianapolis, and works at a treatment center where he transitions clients into recovery and guides them back to health.