“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”
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?”
When I was around 8 years old, I received a children’s Bible as a gift from a family friend. It had paintings depicting some of the most popular stories in the Bible and a short child-friendly version of the same story on the opposite page. It was my favorite book. I often looked at theContinue reading “Losing My Children’s Bible and Finding It Again: How Spirituality Helped Me Stop Drinking”
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!”
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”
I can distinctly remember several times when I woke up after a night of drinking to feelings of pure panic, fear, and overwhelming sadness. I am a naturally anxious person, and I used to think that drinking helped to calm me down. However, what it was actually doing was temporarily masking my anxiety. Once theContinue reading “How does drinking affect your mental health?”