Post by quitat54 on Aug 20, 2017 0:30:00 GMT -5
Just stopped by to say that this past week I celebrated my 2 years of sobriety. Want to share this, as many of you were instrumental in my success. With your wisdom, sharing of your journey and practical advice, you helped me tremendously.
It is the early stages that are very difficult. The temptation is always there, the memories are fresh, the skills to stay sober are not developed yet. There is a lot of doubt that one can succeed as the goal of permanent sobriety seems unsurmountable. That is the time when every day can be a straggle, when those errant thoughts can easily lead to resignation and self destructive behavior, and back to the abyss. Your advice and witty comments helped to get through.
Now I am at the point when I don't think about drinking. I don't feel the need, I don't feel the desire. I learned to deal with life stresses and challenges and joys without having to drink. I truly don't need to drink. I am in control.
I still experience the same challenges as before, like loneliness, aging, sickness, and other ups and downs that make up life. But I face them without alcohol. I don't need to escape to temporary oblivion, I don't need to self-medicate with booze.
I realize that this forum is not frequented by and active. But if there are new people that occasionally drop in, and are serious about changing their life, I want to say you owe it to yourself to try.
Just do it, and the do it again, and again. Keep doing it until it sticks. Because it is worth it. Sober life is so much more enjoyable, so much fuller than a life of an alcoholic. And people who know both lives can appreciate it so much more.
All the best to everyone.