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22 Posts to Get You Started on Staying Sober in 2022 – Part 1
I was talking with a friend this morning who mentioned that she was going to write down 22 things she hoped to achieve in 2022. What a great idea! I searched the internet to see if I could find the motivational author she mentioned that suggested that idea, and it looks like a lot of people are talking about 22 things in 2022. So I got to thinking and decided to send 22 posts from our Boozemusings blog out into the cybersphere with inspiration for those hoping to get started on staying sober in the New Year.
The Holiday Season is the most difficult time of year to maintain sobriety. Anyone who has gotten off the booze elevator for a while knows that living outside that descending trap of drink, drunk, regret, repeat, is well worth the effort. Yet people with months and years of sober momentum find themselves thinking about drinking between Halloween and New Years Day more than at any other time of year. If you’ve slipped, if you’re struggling, or if you are hoping to get started on going sober , each blue title below will open a post by a different member of our Boom Rethink the Drink community that will help you beat down the despair and welcome hope back into the room.
22 Posts for 2022 – Part 1
Start with the right perspective :
What is your drinking profile? Have you thought about why you want to stop drinking?
1. But I can’t be an alcoholic! I didn’t hit rock bottom!
I’ve been in the gray area for so long…but times are getting darker. I have not hit rock bottom and I do not call myself alcoholic, but alcohol doesn’t fix anything ! So why flirt with the darkness?
read more But I can’t be an alcoholic! I didn’t hit rock bottom!
2. Gray Area Drinking ?
Gray area drinking can be a curse, because it makes you think you can and should continue the slow, continual madness. I always thought my gray area drinking was actually moderation. But that perceived moderation could turn south at any time without warning.
read more Gray Area Drinking ?
Have you set a date to stop drinking or are you finding that you keep putting it off?
3. I’ll Stop Drinking Tomorrow…
I’ll stop drinking when I’m happy
When I’m in control
When nothing really scares me
When my career is on a roll
I’ll stop drinking while I’m young enough
Or I’ll stop when l get old
I’ll stop when my friends do
Or when they notice it’s a problem too
I’ll stop when it makes me always feel bad
And nothing good is coming through
I’ll quit when my family is happy
Surely that’s the thing to do
read more I’ll Stop Drinking Tomorrow…
It is quite normal to feel afraid to stop drinking
4. I was afraid to Stop Drinking
What if I didn’t want to stop drinking forever? Will it be held against me if I picked up drinking again? Would people hold it against me if I said that I was going sober but couldn’t make it stick? Then THEY would Know I had a problem.
read more I was afraid to Stop Drinking
It helps to remember that drinking has been costing you more than it’s giving for a good long time.
5. All the things alcohol can do for you . . .
It takes away your muse and your guardian angels don’t know what the hell to do with you. It can make you silly, sloppy, slurry, slovenly, arrogant, annoying, abrasive, obnoxious, caustic, pathetic, intolerable, condescending, insulting and belligerent. Have I forgotten any adverbs or adjectives here? ..
read more All the things alcohol can do for you . . .
Sometimes it is the simplest of actions that help you step around the fear.
6. Decide. Survive. Then Thrive.
The first step is to DECIDE YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IT. Make that decision absolute and non-negotiable …commit to it. Be ready to do whatever it takes to reach that goal. It won’t make the process easy, but it will make the process simple.
read more Decide. Survive. Then Thrive.
It’s about a change in perspective.
7. Non Drinking versus Drinking Lives
My friends who gave up drinking for January didn’t become non-drinkers for January, they became drinkers who through sheer willpower didn’t drink in January. The idea that life should be lived day-to-day, not doing something that you want to do, surviving through sheer willpower? You can’t sell that to anyone beyond 30 days. If that…
read more Non Drinking versus Drinking Lives
Staying sober is about an absolute commitment to making your sobriety non-negotiable.
8. Maybe Knots
Sometimes, what is required is a clean break. No more endless mentalizing, trying to think it through, back and forth, in and out. Deciding not to drink was one such decision for me.
read more Maybe Knots
It is important to remember that although we do often trivialize drinking
9. Alcohol Kills
How can it be the honored guest at every party? – Alcohol Kills
Let’s try not to leave it too late
Or make the mistake
of waiting to see
Just how addicted
we could eventually be.
Because – Alcohol Kills
read more Alcohol Kills
Let us be your Cornermen
10. Hats off to the Cornerman
We are ALL united against a common opponent. Some of us have gone two rounds, some twelve and some are still fighting this very second. Whatever stage of the fight you are at I implore you to talk about it. To reach out is to realise that you are not alone. Not only that, but you are surrounded by cornermen! Fights are hard won, but with the right support network and communication, I’m confident that we can keep this thing on the ropes and KO it for good.
I’ll take your corner and you take mine…
Read more Nothing is Impossible
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