From Darkness and Tears to Light and Smiles

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” -Romans 13:12 When I was still drinking, I used to cry often. Daily, in fact. Most of the time, I felt anxious, sad, and frustrated. I wouldContinue reading “From Darkness and Tears to Light and Smiles”

Drinking Dreams: What do they mean and how do you cope with them?

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?”

What to do when sobriety gets hard

“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”

Staying Sober After the Loss of My Cat

I got Lucius at a farm on my way home from work one day. It was a rainy September day and a coworker had mentioned that there was a family giving away kittens. I had wanted a cat for quite some time, and with my wedding coming up in less than a month, I thoughtContinue reading “Staying Sober After the Loss of My Cat”

Why is spirituality important in recovery?

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” –Isaiah 43:2 This is one of my favorite Bible verses. It’s not overtly about overcoming addiction, but itContinue reading “Why is spirituality important in recovery?”

Ways to stay sober on a Saturday night

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”

Ways to stay sober during the holidays amid the pandemic

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”

How I got sober

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”

How to sleep without alcohol

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”

How to overcome an alcohol craving

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”

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