Welcome to Sober Courage

Recovery has been a large part of my life for quite long time. Even through my relapses I have always come back and tried again. I used to think that alcohol made me fun, gave me strength and courage, but it was just liquid courage. When I decided to get sober I had to find the real strength and courage because getting sober can be challenging! It takes a great amount of strength to move forward into the unknown, to abandon the old drinking life and recreate a new life. It takes a great amount of sober courage!

Alcohol is everywhere, and we cannot escape it. Yet, if you are like me, and one of the people that cannot drink without getting completely obliterated, then living in a world infused with alcohol can be quite a challenge!

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 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 judgements that are placed on people with alcoholism.

All around this is a hard place to be in. If I say that I need help, that means that I am admitting that I have a problem with drinking alcohol and that is hard to admit to myself.

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There are many of us, the statistics are staggering!

According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 14.5 million (nearly 15 million) people ages 12 and older (5.3% of this age group) had Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). This number includes 9.0 million men (6.8% of men in this age group) and 5.5 million women (3.9% of women in this age group).

Yet:
Only about 7.3% of adults ages 18 and older who had AUD in the past year received any treatment. This includes about 6.9% of males and 7.9% of females with past-year AUD in this age group1.

And:
An estimated 95,000 people (approximately 68,000 men and 27,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States1.

However, there are also over 23 million people in recovery in the USA alone! (Ref: Faces and Voices of Recovery)

Life of 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 SOBRIETY. Of course, I am not a doctor, or a therapist, or any licensed individual practicing any medicine. I am however, a recovering alcoholic, and I would like to share what I have learned and continue to learn through my sober journey, with you!

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 of early sobriety, relapse and relapse prevention, as well as personal growth in sobriety, and dealing with the social stigma associated with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).

1All statistics according to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

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4 thoughts on “Welcome to Sober Courage

  1. Hi, I’m just starting on my journey as of Sunday. I was drinking almost a whole 750ml bottle of vodka a day. I am 46 years old and was, I don’t want to say forced, but bullied by my mother, 2 little sisters and my little brother to go into a detox facility this past Sunday. I did not want to go to say the least. I’ve never been in a facility, I was scared and I hated it. But I realize I need help. I checked myself out the next day. I felt pretty ok after the meds they gave me so I’m trying this on my own with help from my husband, friends, church, and this blog. I go to my first AA meeting tomorrow. I will be put on Neloxone next week so i pray that helps me get over the hump. If you all have any suggestions, books, things that have helped you I’d love your input. I’m going to get there, I know it’s going to be hard, but if I want to continue to live it’s necessary. Big hugs to all of you!

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    1. I am sorry I am just replying. I hope you are doing well and sobriety is getting a bit easier. And if it has been bumpy, I hope that you are still trying and working towards sobriety. It is really hard to get sober on your own so a big network is vital so I am glad to read that you are finding support. Sending big hugs!

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  2. IOP stands for Intensive outpatient program. This program is intermediate in substance abuse treatment. It is possible to start your journey in detox , residence , partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or an intensive Outpatient Program. IOPs usually meet three to five times per week. These meetings will include individual therapy as well as group therapy.

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