• Bridgett posted a new activity comment 2 days ago

    Oh, this made me cry. Thanks for posting!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 2 days ago

    And @pattyw, congratulations to you too. I am just two weeks in myself, but 14 days sober is more than I have managed in more than a decade, so I’ll take it. Thank you for the reminder of the physical pain drinking brings…best wishes and best health to you!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 2 days ago

    Congratulations, @Lee@. You are making amazing progress!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 2 days ago

    Congratulations on looking after yourself! I hope you heal quickly.

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 2 days ago

    I loved “Blackout,” and will try “Unwasted” soon, thank you! I agree, reading helps SO much. Also recommend “Drinking: A Love Story” by Caroline Knapp. I read it years ago, but might try it again, now that I am actually doing this…

  • I finished a great book last night, “The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober” by Catherine Gray. Highly recommend! Starting on “This Naked Mind” by Annie Grace next. Lucky Day 13 for me today. : )

    • You will enjoy “this naked mind” it taught me a lot.

    • Reading “getting sober books” was a big help to me early on. I’m not normally a frequent book reader, but it kept me busy in the evenings and kept my head turned in the right direction. Two of my favorites were “Blackout” by Sarah Hepola, and “Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety” by Sacha Scoblic. They share their dark stories, and then their escape from alcoholism.

      • I loved “Blackout,” and will try “Unwasted” soon, thank you! I agree, reading helps SO much. Also recommend “Drinking: A Love Story” by Caroline Knapp. I read it years ago, but might try it again, now that I am actually doing this…

    • Well done!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 2 days, 19 hours ago

    Good planning ahead, and yes, you’ve totally got this. Have a great night!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 3 days, 23 hours ago

    Every time you are tempted and manage to resist, you strengthen your resistance muscle! Good for you!

  • I thought I was going to have an easy long weekend with non-drinking people, but it was actually really hard! My sister and brother-in-law were around on Friday and Saturday, and they are big drinkers. Then I was left with my mom and my cousin, both of whom are non-drinkers, but we had a big family fight over politics! (I live in the state of Alabama in the U.S. and was visiting in Florida. ‘Nuff said.) I didn’t drink and I wasn’t tempted to drink, but the experience made me realize how often and for how long I have used drinking as a CRUTCH. I am going to choose where and with whom I spend my time very carefully now so that I don’t ever depend on alcohol like that again. I came home a day early and was so relieved to be home and still sober. I thought of you all here and what I would tell you about this weekend, so there it is. : )

    • Socialising is the hardest part to think about getting though. I come from a big family of drinkers, never struggled with it until the last 5 years. It is awesome being able to come on here and get that almost instance support. You’re amazing for gettin through that tough episode and still sober. Thank you for inspiring me xx

    • My mother said never discuss politics or religion at the dinner table šŸ™‚ With both each party thinks they have the right answer lol. Well done on looking after yourself and protecting your sobriety

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 4 days ago

    Welcome, @footloose! I’m on Day 12, and this group has been a big help already. You’ve got this, and we’ve got you.

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 2 days ago

    Welcome @jopeart!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 2 days ago

    Welcome @RineyLou!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 2 days ago

    Welcome @Rexarae!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 2 days ago

    Welcome @KindByrd!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 2 days ago

    Welcome @Sunnie1!

  • Bridgett posted an update 1 week, 2 days ago

    I’m on Day 6, which I haven’t managed in years because, you know, the weekend. But I am going away for this weekend with NON-DRINKERS and will easily rack up a few more days. Looking forward to double digits!

    • Well done on 6 days Bridgett! Double digits are just around the corner šŸ™‚

    • You will be amazed how easy it is to get through the weekend and then you know it can be done. Have fun with your non drinking buddies and hey, you get to remember everything. 😀

    • lucky you @bridgett – so lucky you are to have non drinking friends to go away with for the weekend. have fun.

    • Have fun! It helps to remember in the beginning that weekends are just more days of the week. Not to be celebrated by poisoning ourselves and feeling like shit Monday morning.

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    That is scary stuff… Why would we do that to our precious selves, right? : ) No more!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    @TipsyToeGal, thank you! Yes, breaking the cycle seems key. And now it is Day 4! Congratulations on your good work too!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    @Andlan, welcome. It is early days for me too, and this page is already helping. I’m also reading everything I can get my hands on and working through “The 30-Day Sobriety Solution,” which gives me the structure I’ve been missing in past attempts. Best wishes to you!

    • Yes I have been reading a lot too. I found a great booklet on the health risks of persistent heavy drinking. No holds barred, pretty scary.

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    @Aprilsfool, CONGRATULATIONS!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    @WakingOwl, that’s wonderful! Thank you for sharing your success.

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    @Agirl I feel strong so far. I’ve made it to 30 days before, but went right back to my old habits after that, so thought I might try it with some support this time! : )

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    @k1W1 Thank you!

  • Bridgett posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    JudyB, I have a sweet drink of some kind (I like fruity soda sweetened with Stevia) instead of the wine, and eat dinner promptly to get through the witching hour… Good luck.

  • Bridgett posted an update 1 week, 5 days ago

    I’m on Day 3 (doing The 30-Day Sobriety Solution) and looking for some online support–glad to have found my way here.

    • Lots of support here 👍 ps make sure you put a @ before names eg @Bridgett that way they get notifications you replied

    • We’re glad you’re here to @Bridgett. How is your sobriety challenge going so far?

      • @Agirl I feel strong so far. I’ve made it to 30 days before, but went right back to my old habits after that, so thought I might try it with some support this time! : )

    • With the help of the folks here I made it through my first 100 day challenge and am now 121 days sober.

    • The 30 day “trial” thing was how I started too back in fall of 2017. Had a lot of hits and misses between then and now but made it 9 months last year before having a relapse last Oct/Nov. I’m back on track now 6 months into it!

      But that 30 days really made it doable to me at first. Got me that “break” I needed to start seeing the benefits of NOT drinking (AND the fact that I could DO it!). CONGRATS TO YOU on day 3!!

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    • Welcome Bridgett, congrats on signing up! Iā€™m on Day 3 and so far so good. Seriously if I can do it you can too. All the best 😊