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The following posts about the pink cloud in sobriety are written by members of the Boozemuisngs community, referencing their experience.
It would be great if every transformational path—embracing sobriety included—was all forward motion. Floating on a pink cloud of giddy relief and wonder at this whole new world, energy surging, creative and sexual juices flowing, newly found pleasures, new rewarding habits taking hold, relationships not only healing but soaring to new heights of intimacy. Unfortunately, that’s not how life and the recovery path work. At least not consistently.
So if the wine witch, booze monster, lizard brain is telling you that you absolutely must drink, because things will be better with that drink, remember that it’s that drink that puts you at a disadvantage in your life. It’s worth fighting that voice until it’s shut up for the night so that tomorrow you will be able to smile. Even if everything around you is shit tomorrow, you can feel happy that you are not going to be facing that hindered by the effects of the night before. Because you did something difficult that you can be really proud of. Because you are doing something that gives you more options, not less, for your future.
Stay strong. Have Faith. You can do it. It’s worth it.
Not every day is a rainbow or pink cloud but sober you have the advantage of mixing your own palette.
When I first got sober with AA, I took an air balloon ride above EVERYTHING. I was suddenly FREE of daily drinking, over-drinking, hating myself, waking every morning staring into the Face of Regret, breaking daily promises to myself, degrading absolutely every aspect of my health and my precious life (I could go on but you get the idea). ALL of that was a lightning-fast trip to the Pink Cloud.
So I think that rather than magnifying the beauty of life alcohol numbs it and it really always has…
………even when I was young.
If you can hang on to an alcohol-free lifestyle you will find every day that the incredible beauty inside of you magnifies…and glows
I have heard it said and now know it’s true that ” sobriety offers what alcohol promises”
This is a post that I wrote in my fourth alcohol-free month. For me, the pink cloud of early sobriety has rarely dimmed to gray
I’ve been feeling exhausted lately, physically and mentally. When my initial pick cloud drifted away, I started researching burnout and depression in early sobriety and came across a few articles. Burnout results when the fuel that we use to continue our work of sobriety, has essentially been depleted. This can stem from the let down following the enthusiasm that we greet sobriety with.
At about five months, I experienced the pink cloud. For the first time in years, I felt ‘at peace’. That feeling grew, until one day, I woke up knowing that it would take a massive shift to send me back to the bottle. This is because the anxiety caused by drinking, which was followed by the anxiety and fear of maybe drinking again disappeared. Pouf, gone!
The unexpected thing was that new anxieties have surfaced and taken root. These I think are the fears were at the root of my drinking career. This is where I am now, and this is why I am suffering
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