I had so many false starts when I tried to stop drinking. It really felt like alcohol had a hold on me that I would never be able to shake it. Day 3 alcohol-free was always a killer that brought me down and I tripped up so many times that at one point I just gave up giving up.
When I gave up on giving up, my drinking got so much worse. I was inexplicably drinking more than before and having massive anxiety issues as a result.
So I tried again..
I got through that first nightmarish couple of hours, past that third day and through that week and I kept going. Before I knew it I was a month alcohol-free. I made up my mind never to drink again. It just seemed like I had done so much work that to undo it by picking up that one drink would be insane. I didn’t pick up again and it felt right.
NEVER GIVE UP ON GIVING UP.
You too can beat your battle with alcohol addiction. Dig deep and grin and bear those first terrifying days and you will create momentum. And read read read!! Find out about all the stuff they don’t tell you about alcohol. Don’t give your brain a chance to say ‘it’s not all that bad’ because it is. Alcohol addiction kills!
None of my friends believed that I could go sober and I think my family were resigned to the fact that if you wanted me you got the drunk as well. They love me so they just begrudgingly accepted it.
It felt so nice to prove to them that I could not only go sober but remain sober.
That was a good realization but the most rewarding one was the change I’ve watched in my daughter, she has thrived with her own little life and is truly proud of her mum. She still thinks everything that I say is wrong and she knows best but that’s because she’s a 13-year-old headstrong girl and I’m so proud of her !
I also feel a strength in myself that wasn’t there before. I feel a sense that I have won a great shifting battle in a lifelong war to stay sober. I will not rest on my laurels though, it is a sneaky bastard that alcohol. I will patrol the borders of my addiction till the day I die 💂🏻♂️ Alcohol addiction kills but this mum is living happily alcohol-free!
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