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Alcohol, Anxiety and the Octopus

Octopus teacher hiding in shell Alcohol Anxiety and Sobriety

The octopus is symbolic of my own life because it was through cleverness and grit that I survived. As an emotionally damaged 16-year-old mother of one with a seventh-grade education, I was determined to make it. Still, I couldn’t survive and heal at the same time. So I built emotional walls and it was behind

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It’s Ok to Not be Ok – Breaking the Bond of Mommy’s Wine Time

It's ok to not be ok cutting the tie to mommy's wine time

I’m so proud of myself for being sober this Christmas season because last year I was a mess. A hiding my bottles in my shoes mess. I sunk into a Mommy’s Wine Time routine as an accepted adult comfort, but drinking became the problem, not the solution. My husband is in the military so he

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The Ghost of Christmas Past …

Santa Hat Remembering Sober Christmas

I never counted days sober. I didn’t know it was “a thing” until I had a lotof alcohol-free days behind me. But I counted milestones in my first year. Myfirst AF July 4th, Thanksgiving, New Years, Birthday. I recognized myfirst year. When I realized I was coming up on my 5th holiday season alcoholfree, it

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I Can Do Anything – Single Parenting Sober

Mother and son Single Parenting Sober

I’m my early days of sobriety I was struggling. Single parenting sober, trying desperately to meet all the demands of two small children while going through some real Huge emotions, working at a country club and being surrounded by alcohol on a daily basis…I just needed to not be needed. I was feeling overwhelmingly vulnerable

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