Recovery is a huge part of my life, and the sole reason behind this blog. Getting sober is hard! It takes a great amount of courage to move forward into the unknown, against the grain, against all the odds, against all the social stigma!
Alcohol is everywhere, and you cannot escape it. Yet, if you are like me, and one of the people who cannot drink without getting completely obliterated, then living in a world infused with alcohol can be quite a challenge! But quitting is not the beginning of the problem – it is the end of the problem!
I did not know it then, but my decision to get sober was the beginning of an extraordinary journey that has been both very challenging and intensely rewarding. You see, I think getting sober is just like anything else that you want to accomplish in life; it takes time, determination, and perseverance. Most of all it takes a tremendous amount support from others. Unfortunately, we tend to carry do much so much guilt and shame about our alcohol infused behavior, that most people never find the courage to ask for help. There is also a cruel social stigma and many painful judgments that are placed on people suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder.
So all around, it is a hard place to be – and I get it, if I say that I need help, that means that I am admitting that I cannot handle alcohol! Well guess what! I CANNOT! Yep, I cannot drink safely no matter what.
Life in addiction is a very lonely and difficult place to be, and most of all deadly. However, there IS a solution, there is a way out, and it is Recovery. Of course, I am not a doctor (and I do not play one on TV either LOL), or a therapist, or any licensed individual practicing any medicine. I am however recovering from Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), and I would like to share what I have learned and continue to learn through my sober journey, with you, in hopes that it may help you find your way to recovery!
There are 23 million of people in recovery in the USA alone! (Faces and Voices of Recovery)
So if this is your first 24 hours, or 24 days, or 24 years, WELCOME! I am glad that you have found me. I would love to join you on this journey to sobriety. I hope that you find this blog helpful! The posts focus on getting sober, challenges in early sobriety, recovery tool and personal growth, and dealing with the social stigma associated with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)*.