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.
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).
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.
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).