One Year Sober: Why I Quit Drinking and How Sobriety Has Changed My Life

Women for Sobriety has taught me so much about compassion and love, and that allows me to connect with people in ways that I wouldn’t have known before I stopped drinking. My inner cynic was strong… and it sobriety success stories took a long time to soften to the happiness/joy statements enough to begin to work on them. Even then, I had to focus on the very small. I found joy in a sunrise or the smell of the desert after rain.

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” ignoring over 10 years of evidence that it would never just be one glass. Because again, rationality is out the window. Some of the best times of my life have been partying. They are some of my happiest, funniest memories that I do look back on with fondness. And this conversation isn’t just for people with problematic drinking habits.

We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life by Laura McKowen

People in the rooms talk less about drinking than about yielding to other drivers, feeding a stranger’s meter, buying a sandwich for a panhandler. The new sober influencers have convinced me that this cornball 12-step stuff isn’t for everyone. Certainly, its benefits can’t be tabulated by science. In my experience, they are indeed beyond measure. Nor do sponsors countenance drinking “in moderation,” much less 10 drinks/week. A hazard of drinking for a traditional alcoholic is that it invariably leads to dishonesty. A formidable matriarch in the room once warned me not to “get cute with this disease” when I asked whether I could taste a dessert with a touch of cooked-off Grand Marnier.

I don’t need to hide in bushes anymore (that bush incidentally, has become a thirty-foot tree). Thirty years later, my Higher Power still grants me very clear memories of that last morning-after scene; they keep my forgetter from kicking in. Thanks to my God, AA, and the Twelve Steps, sobriety has become the easier, softer way for me. Life in sobriety rolls onward with its ups and downs, successes and failures, joys and pains. But compared to the old drinking or on-the-wagon days, and those uptight hellish eleven months of dryness, it’s a picnic. In this powerful anthology of stories from Grapevine, old-timers share their wealth of experience in staying sober for many years through good times and bad.

Take it one day at a time

I couldn’t wait for the workday to end so I could get to my car and have a good dose of alcohol from the bottle under the seat. The hardest thing about sobriety isn’t not drinking; it’s facing and healing all of those underlying issues. It’s also the most important part of lasting sobriety. So many people quit drinking and go back to it immediately because instead of healing those root causes, they rely on willpower to resist alcohol. Willpower exhausts the brain and it will not create lasting change. After 90 days, I went to my first group dinner, my first party, and my first bar with friends.

  • We talked about our discontent with our marriages, among other things.
  • This is an unavoidable part of getting sober, but also a really important part in order to create lasting change.
  • The only difficult part, for me, has been how much drinking is ingrained into our social lives, our meals, our activities, and more.
  • Initially, I had lots of fear about returning to work.

I would never use the same liquor store twice in the same week to avoid potential criticism by the sales clerk of the quantity I was consuming. Again, professionally I excelled, but socially, I was completely isolated. I left my two friends behind and made no new ones.

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I’ll break down my experience for anyone who wants to know what to expect, like I did in those early days. Though, of course, everyone’s experience is different. It was Groundhog day over and over and over and over again. I have a memory of sitting on my old apartment’s bathroom floor, head in my hands saying to myself, “What is wrong with me? ” It was a type of hell I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I would wake up hungover daily, telling myself I wouldn’t drink that night. Then 5pm would roll around and I’d think, “What’s just one glass?

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That celebration threw her once again into the depths of alcoholism. She’s just someone who uses alcohol to muster up courage, and well, survive life. This is just how it has always been since her introduction to Southern Comfort when she was just fourteen.

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Mary Karr is known for her wit and charming style, and in these pages, she discusses pretty much all her life struggles, not only those with alcohol. This memoir is poetic and a treat for lovers of beautiful writing. With incredible wit and skill, Sacha Scobie manages to tell you both what alcohol used to mean for her and how her sober life is going now. She relied on alcohol, so now that this is no longer an option she has to re-evaluate everything in her life, which leads to some great and very witty observations on her newfound life. In this dark but incredibly comedic memoir, Smith tells all about her story and the road she finally took towards recovery from her perpetual numbing.

  • I surround myself with sober people who are doing it right.
  • My relationship with alcohol was entirely unmanageable.
  • I was blessed with an extremely good memory.
  • I am coming out to family members and really re-creating myself in the fullest extent possible.
  • And I think that’s what putting something out in the media does.

I was called into the counselor’s office and I lied to them about the drinking. I said that she was a liar, and they believed me. Using her relatable voice, which is equal parts honest and witty, Holly tackles the ways that alcohol companies target women. At the end of the day, this memoir is a groundbreaking look into our current drinking culture while providing a road map to cut alcohol out of our lives so that we can truly live our best lives. Iranian American novelist Porochista Khakpour’s elegant, vibrant memoir is primarily about being sick and trying to find answers. But it also details her journey with addiction to the pills prescribed to treat her insomnia and her struggles with mental health. Is it ever possible to be in full recovery?

Should I Tell Someone I’m in Recovery?

I feel like a human being again, and it’s been a long time since I felt that way. It’s because of the Herren Wellness community and the support I get.

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