RALEIGH, North Carolina – “Today is a good day,” reads an Instagram post from Raleigh-based restaurant owner Ashley Christensen.
The image? A sobriety chip.
In the post, Christensen goes on to say that she reset her journey to sobriety and that Sunday was 8 days into the new journey. Christensen said it’s something she’s been working on since February with “beautiful, long periods of success, and also some completely crushing moments of failure.”
The purpose of the message, Christensen said, is not just to celebrate success, but also to highlight alcoholism as a disease, which many in the restaurant industry have to deal with. one way or another every day.
“I hope my honesty and openness today can be helpful to anyone struggling with this issue, or anyone watching someone struggle,” the post read.
Christensen ends the post with an upbeat tone, looking forward to what’s next and reiterating that “Today is a good day.”
Hundreds of people expressed their support in the comments to the post, including many fellow chefs and residents of North Carolina.
Christensen owns Poole’s Diner and Poole’side Pies among other restaurants in Raleigh. She won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2019 and Best Chef: Southeast in 2014.