This question has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. My husband and I are both currently living alcohol-free, but we have very different goals in that regard. I do not want to return to drinking alcohol, but he does, eventually. I stopped drinking mainly because I was tired of feeling crappy, never having anyContinue reading “Sobriety versus Moderation: Is it worth it to try to drink in moderation?”
Lots of people have had the experience of overindulging in alcohol over the holidays, feeling like absolute crap by the time December 31st rolls around, and wanting to make a change in the new year. This is probably a big part of the reason why the well-known public health campaign called “Dry January” is so darn popular.
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!”
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 started my sobriety journey two and a half months after the pandemic hit the US in 2020. I lost all of my social outlets overnight, and this took a huge toll on my mental health. I drank more to cope with my loneliness, sadness, fear, and frustration. Does this sound familiar? I know manyContinue reading “Ways to stay sober during the holidays amid the pandemic”
First, let me say that I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to get sober. My path to sobriety may look a lot different than yours and that is fine! I had my last drink on June 28th, 2020, and honestly, I didn’t even want it. I was still hungover from the dayContinue reading “How I got sober”
If you’re in the early days of your sobriety, alcohol cravings can be a common and frustrating part of that experience. They can be intense and unsettling. Luckily, there are some great strategies you can use to overcome your cravings! My cravings were at their strongest in the first few weeks of not drinking, andContinue reading “How to overcome an alcohol craving”