Perhaps you’re newly sober and trying to figure out how to keep it going. Or maybe you’ve been sober for several months and you are starting to struggle. Either way, there are lost of helpful strategies that can help you to maintain your sobriety. I don’t think there’s one right way to get or stay sober. There are many ways! Using a mixture of these strategies is your best weapon! I am only 6 months into my alcohol-free life, but I wanted to share what has helped me the most. I hope some of these suggestions will be helpful for you, too!
June 28th, 2020 was the day I took my last drink. I didn’t really want it, but I didn’t know how else to deal with my emotions, especially the anxiety, loneliness, and depression. I hated myself for needing to drink. It made me feel weak, and I wanted to be strong. I wanted so muchContinue reading “I have been sober for 6 months!”
Drinking dreams—sometimes called relapse dreams or alcoholic nightmares—are incredibly common among people in recovery. In a nutshell, a drinking dream is when you dream that you have ingested alcohol. A 2018 study in the Journal of Substance Abuse and Treatment showed that about 1/3 of adults in recovery have had a dream like this, butContinue reading “Drinking Dreams: What do they mean and how do you cope with them?”
The holidays can be a difficult time when you are in recovery. This year is a little different with the pandemic and so many of the usual festivities being cancelled, but in the past it seemed like there was always a party to go to around the holidays…and no shortage of booze! This is myContinue reading “5 Ways to Stay Sober at a Party”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9 This year has been especially difficult for me and my family. In the past few months, my husband developed some health problems and lostContinue reading “What to do when sobriety gets hard”
Saturday nights were one of my biggest challenges in early sobriety. Whether I stayed in or went out, drinking factored into my plans. When I decided to stop drinking, I was suddenly faced with the challenge of figuring out what in the heck to do with myself on a Saturday night. For the first fewContinue reading “Ways to stay sober on a Saturday night”
I have always been a pretty high-strung person, and I used to use alcohol to calm down. One thing I used to like about drinking, at least early on, was that it seemed to help me sleep. But over time, the easy drift into slumberland became more of a sudden unconsciousness with multiple nighttime wakingsContinue reading “How to sleep without alcohol”