Category: Patty Peck

5 Thoughts to Help You Stay Sober from Christmas to New Year’s Eve

Golden 5

Over the last 15 years, I can count on one hand the number of sober Christmas to New Year’s Eve holidays I’ve celebrated: two. My first sober holiday season in recent memory was six years ago in 2014. That was the year that my father passed away … while I was with him. Losing my

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The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

Trees in Circle The opposite of addiction is connection

I used to think that my drinking habits were a sign of weakness, of a flawed character. I used to think that when I chose a sober weekend, I was punishing myself –  like a kid in time out because I didn’t follow the rules. I quit drinking alcohol for one year, between 2014 and

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How I Stopped Drinking – Calling Out the Truth of What Alcohol Was to Me

Why did I stop drinking? I bought the wine o’clock as me-time ideal. I was the woman who could do everything, did do everything, and deserved a drink or 2 at the end of the day. I didn’t use alcohol to self-medicate because I had repressed issues. I drank because it was my reward and

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