I am a wife and mother of a developmentally delayed son. I was never taught how to savor a drink. The sole purpose was to get drunk. That is how I approached drinking from my middle 20s until I learned that is not how normal people drink. By then it was too late. I've quit and moderated over the years. Since August 2017 I've really examined my reasons to drink and decided there is no good reason. I want to be finished for life. August 2018, 4 months AF and feeling at peace. February 2019, 10 months AF through 3 1/2 seasons and the big holiday season! I don't regret this decision at all. Relationships are better and my health is much, much better. I love knowing that others can count on me anytime, day or night, and I will be clear headed and present. Easter, 4-21-19 and one year sober!
Hello, sorry for the delay…I haven’t checked in for a while. Things have openly not been great. I had a death in the family about 10 days ago and am going through a separation….ugh, still. Anyway, I’m working to get and stay healthy and keep my mind positive. I have classic signs of depression and have started to see a psychologist again. I’m starting a business (opening franchises) so that has been a learning experience. Alcohol really does leave a trail of disaster. I hope y’all are well.
Hi @ralph3479, I haven’t checked in for a while myself….Sorry to hear of the death in the family. The separation doesn’t help either. My mother had passed away suddenly while I was going through the separation thing and the ex-left 4 days later. I definitely went through a stage of depression and had to have rotator cuff surgery a 2 months afterwards. A lot to take in and I definitely went through a stage of depression. It’s great you’re addressing it now. Hang tough! It WILL get better. Alcohol really does leave a trail of disaster…..man, you have that right. It doesn’t help to medicate yourself.
Hi @jocord, thank you for the ‘shout out’! 🙂 Much appreciated and timely. I’ve been having a rough time of things lately for a variety of reasons. As such I was drinking to medicate myself. This week has been much better though and I’m going on 5 days with no drinking OR smoking. I decided to stop both on the same day. I hasn’t been too difficult, the smoking being more of a challenge. You have to get past day 3-4 and recognize you’re having a confused angry moment from Nicotine withdrawal! Lol. I’m going to be back on the site more though as I’ve realized I definitely need the support right now. My goal is long-term sobriety. I know I can do it. Just need to focus on a healthier lifestyle, physically AND mentally. Thank you for the timely ‘shout’! How have you been?