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Posts Tagged ‘early sobriety’

A Woman of Extremes

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From my private journal, May 10, 2015: “This is the first time that I felt even mildly confident that I could quit, the first time in a long time that I truly feel I’ve just had enough. I’m just done. Any other promises to quit were met with screaming voices in my head. Now, I…

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How I Stay Sober Through The Holidays

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Yep. It’s that time of year. Look, let’s be real. I’m an alcoholic. Every time of the year could be a difficult time to stay sober, if I’m being honest. It doesn’t have to be, but temptation doesn’t discriminate. Even if you don’t identify as an alcoholic, those of us who choose to get and…

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Things To Consider Before Coming Out As Sober

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When I decided to quit drinking, I wasn’t sure how to tell anybody, or if I even should tell anybody. Frankly, if I could have stayed sober without telling a single person about it, I would have. I was nervous about telling my boyfriend at the time (now husband), that I’d become a teetotaler. He…

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When You Miss The Anticipation of The Drink

When you quit drinking, the world doesn’t quit drinking with you. That’s the first hard lesson that I learned over 2 years ago, and it’s a lesson that I still have to remember sometimes. When I first got sober, I often missed the anticipation of the first drink. When I drank, I was always looking…

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Dear Self: Read This When You Want a Drink

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This is a letter to myself that I wrote in March 2016 (around 10 months sober), to keep and read when I needed it. I’ve read it more than a few times since then. Dear Self, If you’re reading this, I assume you are struggling to quiet the voice in your head that says you…

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3 Actions To Help Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety is a funny thing. Sometimes it looks like anger, overthinking, people pleasing, or codependency. Fear can be a good thing, though. Don’t drive 100 mph, you could die. Don’t pick up that snake, you could die. “Don’t say hi to that stranger, you could die,” isn’t quite the same, is it? No, that doesn’t…

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The Benefits of Socializing Without Alcohol

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The Early Sobriety posts were originally written in LiveJournal, either privately or filtered to a very small group of close friends. Some are slightly edited to protect other people’s privacy, and photos were added for this blog. I hope they help somebody out there to not feel so alone. This was originally written June 2,…

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2 Weeks Sober: The Itch

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The Early Sobriety posts were originally written in LiveJournal, either privately or filtered to a very small group of close friends. Some are slightly edited to protect other people’s privacy. I hope they help somebody out there to not feel so alone. Today, I am 786 days sober (almost 26 months). Written 5/20/2015 I call…

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