Category: Patty Peck

  • The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

  • I Was Afraid to Stop Drinking

    I Was Afraid to Stop Drinking

    There are many reasons that people find it difficult to stop drinking. Most of us think that the difficulties lie in breaking a bad habit or fighting addictive tendencies. But I was literally afraid to stop. There are several reasons that I was afraid to “not drink”…. 1.   Stopping drinking meant I had to […]

  • Balancing Moderate Drinking Goals vs Going Alcohol-Free

    Balancing Moderate Drinking Goals vs Going Alcohol-Free

    I have a friend with the nickname of Byrdie who wrote this about moderate drinking. Byrdie is an alcoholic with 9 years of sobriety. Three years ago, I posed the question about moderate drinking in an online forum. I’d been alcohol-free for a while and I wondered if I was ready to just drink on […]

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