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Sobriety is underrated

created by: anony345 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I’m so confused why alcohol is so popular. Don’t get me wrong I used to be absolutely addicted to drinking and thought it was the greatest ever. But I am now almost 3 months sober and just feel consistently happy every day. The grass seems greener, the stream next to my house is much more peaceful. Life just seems to open up. I wish more people could understand that as soon as drinking ends, our life truly begins.

by: anony345 3 months, 3 weeks ago
replying to anony345

Not everyone abuses alcohol it's used as a social lubricant and gives those who can take it or leave it alone a sense of ease and comfort.
That may be your experience of stopping drinking ,as alcohol was the problem .I'm glad you have found the problem and eliminated it from your life .
I would like to share how I felt
when alcohol is removed, my life doesn't automatically get better ,often plagued with waves of depression and anxiety. There is little to be happy about . Life seems dull and has no meaning ,I lose my sense of purpose . I can't connect with anyone and really don't want to. I often feel like I just don't fit in ,no one understands me, and that there is fundamentally something wrong with me .
Why wouldn't a person return to the bottle or a shotgun to the skull , feeling like that day in day out untreated alcoholism kills just as many dry drunks as wet ones.
I don't mean to take away your joy but understand not everyone is granted such gifts , if you are out there a few months in or even years and suffering from untreated alcoholism you aren't alone ,reach out.

by: AussieDrunk 3 months, 3 weeks ago
replying to AussieDrunk

Aussie Drunk my friend, I know exactly what you mean about "untreated alcoholism" and the same applies to me. Putting down the drink just changes my breath until I do something recovery related. I agree that drinking was a symptom of my disease, and I must daily treat my disease by living according to what they teach me in AA to be happy, joyous, and free. That's the simple truth for me. Probably the key concept for me is unselfishness. I know I am on a dry drunk when I am saying to others and myself, "I want ...." Doing according to a higher will and for others is an antidote to the poor me's and stinking thinking that tries to creep back in.

by: Clean 3 months, 3 weeks ago
replying to anony345

thanks for sharing! I am very happy to read that you are experiencing lots of benefits! I am at 2 years today and while I am sure I am much better than I have ever been I also know I can't let my guard down and that I am vulnerable. there will always be days where maybe some old demons knock on my door and just because i am feeling good today doesn't mean i can forget about my daily routines that enable this new healthy lifestyle. I remind myself what to be grateful for andgo for a walk and appreciate the opportunity of waking up without the hangover. keep us posted.

by: Kermit_ 3 months, 3 weeks ago