Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sobriety Sunday

I love that you guys checked in on the post below (keep it up!) It helps me know what to write about, what to focus on.

Today lets talk about the first year in sobriety. I journaled a lot my first year. And I am so glad I did. When times get tuff I can look back at those journals and not matter how tuff it is now, it's nothing compared to that first year.

I remember walking around with this uncomfortable feeling all the time, but I stayed sober and I walked through it, and eventually it went away. I spent a TON of time on my knees in my first year. Which reminds me getting back down on them would do nothing but good. I do it sometimes, but nothing like the constant surrender I did my first year.

I guess the whole secret is that you have to push your way through it (Pray until something happens) nomatter what don't drink and take the suggestions of the sober people who have gone before you.

Enough from me. Im off to my meeting!


  1. I agree with a couple of the earlier posts that, while I read at least once daily if not 2 or 3 times, sometimes I can't relate to the post and have nothing to contribute. It helps to have most of the posts focused on fighting alcoholism, like what you wrote this time.

    By the way, I'm not sure anyone noticed (but I commented) but on the post a few days back called "Taking my own advice" there was a post from someone about to leave her husband and two kids tomorrow to go to rehab for 30 days, and looking for advice. I had hoped to see more people respond to someone who admits they are scared and looking for advice. Can anyone help? I think most of us read the most recent posts and don't look back to see if any additional posts were made to an earlier day...

    As for me, I'm feeling great. I haven't had a drop in I-don't-know-how-many days (honest, I haven't stopped to count) and physically and psychologically I feel so good. I am very grateful for God's blessings in my life and I pray I have at least 15 more years of good health until my children are adults and well on their own way in Life.

    Happy Sobriety Sunday, all!

  2. This is to Anonymous. I too, look back at older posts to see
    how folks are doing, etc. I have to say that when you write
    that you haven't had a drop in,' you don't know how many days', makes me wonder. I'm not judging, I'm struggling too.
    I've just never met an addict who did not know the exact day
    of the start to their sobriety. I'm just saying. Maybe we could
    start fresh tomorrow, Monday, September 27, 2010? Are you in? That's my plan. Love to you!

  3. Mommaof3 and Annette have the same sobriety date. Well, the month and the day... Their 1 year apart. Watching them being eachothers cheer leader was sooo neat! Getting sober with a buddy..... Great idea!!! Em

  4. I have been sober 5 months today. I have had a rough 5 months, but it would have been a lot worse if I continued drinking the way I have. I do get emotional, ALOT!!! I just have to really remember to stop and think about why I am upset, call my sponsor, come to this site, go to a meeting, or just take a timeout for myself!! Everyone is very supportive of one another and just know we are here for everyone!! I know when I first started coming to this blog I could not shake my drinking right away, but it was always encouraging to hear what everyone had to contribute to each other. I hope that at some point I can offer some encouraging words to someone who is not sure if they are ready to share their story with everyone. Thanks again Emily & everyone, I am so thankful to have my sobriety!!

    Just remember SOBRIETY is yours and yours alone. Nobody can take it away from you or me. We can only give it away by using others as excuses for our drinking. I think that is the most important thing I have learned about sobriety. It really is the one thing in life WE have control over. We can't make our finances, health or relationships change overnight, but we CAN CHANGE from being an active alcoholic, we can make a conscious choice to not consume a sip of alcohol!!! I pray that we all stay on the right path!!

  5. Happy Anniversary, doggielover!!! Today is the first day of the
    rest of my life. There are so many challenges facing my family
    and me right now but, like so many of you have said, it will be easier to get through them sober, not in a "fog". I'm not ready to give myself a name yet or share the challenges. When I do,
    I know you'll all be there rooting for me and offering much needed wisdom. Love to you.

  6. Thank you so much!! Were here, just reach out when you need something. Also I would highly recommend AA or some other form of a support group. Chase your sobriety the way we all chased a drink!!

    Thinking of you!!

  7. To doggielover,

    Thank you for your support. I know I should be going to AA,
    I'm ashamed at failed attempts in the past. I am going to use
    your "chase sobriety the way we all chased a drink". That is
    brilliant! I also don't want to spend time "doing" AA because
    it takes so much time. But, I just figured out that if I spent
    even a quarter of the time per day, I'd be doing great! You
    all know how exhausting it is to think of when you can go
    buy it, where to go buy it, cause heaven forbid the store
    clerks should suspect we're alcoholic. The time to drink it,
    the time to hide it in garbage, recycling, etc. Time wasted
    morning after, it goes on and on. Phew! I'm tired just typing about it. Love to you.

  8. Anonymous, you can do it!!! I can't believe it but I actually chaired a meeting tonight, I never spoke at the "head" table and told my story, but it was AMAZING!!! It was the best medicine. I really heard some amazing stories tonight. what was funny was I never went to this meeting before but I wanted to get one in because I was gone all weekend. I heard a lot of hopefully, grateful people, but I think one thing I got out of the meeting tonight was even when you are sober, crab still happens. Your just not DRUNK, and hopefully you are thinking with a clearer head. A man who is 18 years sober, got married while sober, has 2 high school kids who have never seen him drink. He lost his job 3 years ago, his marriage is falling apart and he is looking for a roomate. All the crap hit the fan for him, but he DIDN"T pick up a drink!!!! He was able to share with me later that he got a job today and was so greatful and thankful that he started to cry in the parking lot at the mall. It was a really Wonderful night, good night all!!