Jan 23, 2018. I have been a closet drinker for the last 15 years. In the last year the drinking has increased, and I have started to lose interest in things that I really enjoy doing. Almost all of my time was focused on sneaking and how to hide what I was doing. Some of you probably know the drill. Sneaking booze into the house, sneaking the evidence out, etc. I have decided to quit. I am now on day 16 of being sober. I want my life back.
Feb 12, 2019. It’s now been 401 days since I started on this journey. I have had four 1 day slips in the past 13 months but it’s been 206 days since the last one. The cravings are GONE! Occasionally I experience a mild trigger but they pass quickly. I don’t engage them and they pass. So, for those of you that are just getting started, please believe that it really does get easier, but you have to do the work. Read everything you can, and stay close to this amazing community of loving, caring, supportive people who have all been where you are. Thanks to everyone here for supporting me, and God bless you @Mrs D for creating this amazing place called Living Sober.
That is some great work there @missfreedom! I found myself in a situation like that last year and had to make a call out to everyone on this board to help get me through it. You have just built another sober muscle for sure. Congratulations!
Welcome @jonb! I too am 73 yrs young. I was a closet alcoholic for close to 20 years. If I can do it, so can you. This is a wonderful community of supportive people who understand. Check in often. Scroll through member posts and check out the rest of the site. I really like Mrs D’s blog and the Sober Toolbox. You can do this!
Like most have said it’s a personal thing @gilligan5323. For me, it’s incredibly important that I continually recognize the day that I finally got it and committed to living an AF life. For me that was 434 days ago. I’ve had a few slips along the way. The last one being 239 days ago. I definitely learned from each slip so they have been part…[Read more]
I’m glad you dropped in @alkiechick. I’m new here since you were active on the board. Been here 14 months. I scanned through many of your older posts and found them very refreshing. Love your thoughts of the day and your no nonsense honesty. Hope you’ll hang around. Oh, and congratulations on 5 years!
Huge Congrats on D3, you are doing great!! Getting back into life will have to happen but not rushed. Do it at your own pace but don’t use it as an excuse to ignore responsibilities. I’ve seen some newly sober ppl do that. Not judging, just saying. You are right, this is so important, you wanna get it right. Keep posting, stay close.
The evening voice, the voice of lies. I love that @tom4500. I never thought grandchildren would not be in the picture for me. You are a lucky guy. it’s so nice to enjoy simple ordinary stuff without the need to add booze to it. You have a great AF day too!
Fighting off a cold. Yuk! But, looking back, it’s the first cold in 3 yrs. When I was boozing everyday I was good for at least one cold a year. Amazing what alcohol does to our immune system. No thoughts of booze. That certainly won’t make a cold go away. Hope you all have a great AF day!
Hi @SteveF . You may have caught something from the Mardi Gras revelers? Hope you feel better! Booze never makes anything better. Just sucks the life out me. Day 2 and detoxing. I did not make it through the madness.
Thanks @SteveF past day 1 which is the hardest, always, for me anyway. I hit it really hard after losing my job but am probably better off in the end. Thinking that your in NOLA and know what it can be like.
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