Tag: alcohol use disorder

What if it Takes 7 Years to Master Staying Sober? It’s Worth it!

It's a Process not a diagnosis - Staying sober

In early 2013 I realized that I might have an issue with drinking and control. I was successful, hardworking, athletic, and recently divorced. The divorce set me off my normal routine. I had more nights out with the guys and clients, so there was an excuse to drink every night. Two or three beers a night

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Thawing Out the Fear of Going Sober

Bud breaking through snow - Thawing out the Fear of going sober

Going sober can be so hard in the beginning. Most of us feel a freezing shame when we decide that we need to stop drinking. We are afraid that we won’t be able to learn to live alcohol-free. Starting out sober is like learning any life skill. We are afraid that we will slip. That

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You Can Do the Hard Things

Nobody is coming to save you . Be your own sober hero

I don’t think I ever fully understood the phrase “the work of sobriety”.  Sobriety seemed a passive process.  By its very nature – you don’t pick up a drink.  You’re NOT doing something.  That’s passive. Maybe that’s why sober didn’t stick last year when I first tried to stop drinking.  I don’t think I fully

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Alcohol Abuse in the Time of Covid – Solving Our Society’s Drinking Problem Starts With Each of Us

Man Holding Umbrella over Other Mans head to Represnt ending alcohol abuse

A Washington Post headline the other day caught my eye – Americans re-emerge after pandemic isolation: ‘Like the end of Prohibition’ . Headlines have been suggesting for a while that we should expect a wild re-opening when people are finally free of the pandemic isolation. Let’s party! But relating the end of the lockdown to

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