I used to be a boozy housewife guzzling wine like it was going out of fashion and now I'm quite the opposite - very happily sober! What a turnaround. My sobriety date is September 6, 2011. I set up this site in August, 2014 in conjunction with 2 NZ Govt Agencies .. and with their ongoing support we are fortunate that this site remains free and safe for all. I manage all the content here (writing blog posts, Sober Stories, mocktail recipes etc) and supervise our team of volunteer Community Moderators. You can get hold of me any time by notifying me in the feed (@mrs-d) or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm also active on Facebook (Mrs D Is Going Without), Twitter (@mrsdalcoholfree) and Instagram (@mrs_d_alcoholfree) and I have two books out about my recovery. 'Mrs D Is Going Without' tells the story of how I quit and 'Mrs D Is Going Within' tells the story of how I developed lasting tools to help me live sober long term. I also write a sober blog called Mrs D Is Going Without which you can find at (www.livingwithoutalcohol.blogspot.com). Great to have you here with us!
I feel so inspired every day that I come on here and read about you brave & amazing people battling through the transition from living boozily to living sober. HEROES every one of you!!! To dig deep and do the work removing alcohol is so incredible, and there are many, many people who never do that. They just booze and feel miserable.. yet here you all are doing it.. actually doing it!! Bravo!!! And it serves as a great reminder for me of how hard it is in the early phases.. I can remember so well… adjusting to life with a wide open brain 100% of the time, slowing things down (boozing is frantic and noisy), learning how to socialise, deal with my emotions, retrain my brain not to look at alcohol as the magical ingredient to live a full, fun life.. it’s a lot!! But here I am 7+ years on and I don’t miss that stuff AT ALL. So hang in there you awesome people in the early stages.. hang on. I promise it does get easier.. and many of the long-timers on here will agree. I had to get up early to be interviewed for a podcast in the UK this morning (one on sobriety).. now on my second mug of tea heading into another busy day – but not too busy, will also walk the dog and lie on the sofa at some point to watch some crappy TV – self care right there! Oh and here’s a PSA – Bed, Bath & Beyond has some great slipper/socks at the moment, cheap and snuggly as hell! Have a great day! x
Thanks so much! Dinner tonight at a pub no drinking for me! I was so pleased and surprised to be able to follow the conversation and comment and join in. In the past I’d be mulled over with three glasses in me. Wondering if what I said made sense. How good I feel now not to wonder. I’m missing the wine but loving my clear head. Headed into day 9. Love this site It’s my lifeline!
Thank you @Mrs D. You are such an inspiration for all of us. Teaching us and showing us by your actions how to live the sober life. Couldn’t do it without you. And yes it is good to hear a “bravo” now and then.