Sober living

Dan’s Story A Father Celebrates One Year of Sobriety

But the beautiful thing about this is that once I was done grieving, I had an opportunity to reinvent myself. I could now make a decision to be exactly who I’ve always wanted to be, but couldn’t because of alcohol. For about the first 7 days, I felt like a shell of a human being.

  • Just like I talk about anything else going on in my life, this is a part of me.
  • I knew that if I did, that would mean I had a problem.
  • When you’re a non-drinker, there’s no escaping or “checking out”—not in the way alcohol enables you to, anyway.
  • I feel like I bring value instead of being a burden.
  • This is a raw memoir that makes you feel like you’re there with the writer, through all her shame, all her hiding, and all her self-accusations of being a terrible mother because of her drinking.

Women in AA are saying, ‘You’re strong enough to move out.’ And I’m saying, ‘I don’t know if I can.’ When I left my parents’ house, I got married. “I wish I had some story to tell you about my horrible, abusive, and neglected childhood. One of addiction’s stereotypes is that it only affects those with dysfunctional families or a history of abuse. But when we spoke with Jules, we learned her story defied those ideas conclusively. “In 2005, I was out getting high and fell 20 feet and broke my back and my wrist, but I stayed out.


I remember making bottles for him drunk at 3 am while I took swigs from a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. He slept in the host’s bedroom most times.

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Part of that is taking proper care of myself in the first place so there isn’t as much stress that needs to be relieved later. We spoke with five local women about their relationship with alcohol, the best and most challenging parts of not drinking, and ultimately what drove their decision to quit. I can’t end this blog post without saying a “thank you” to my best friends, family, and ex-boyfriend who have been the best support system I could have asked for in the last year. Thank you for always answering the phone, for checking in, for being willing to listen, for telling me you are proud. I could never, ever have gotten and stayed sober without you. I also have to be aware of when I’m not in a great headspace and aware of when I’m romanticizing alcohol so I can avoid being around it.

Speak: Even in a Room Full of Alcoholics It’s Not Easy

Boundaries and saying no are one of the greatest gifts sobriety has given me. I say no so much I think my family is surprised when I say yes to anything. I feel like I bring value instead of being a burden. I feel lighter and heavier at the same time if that makes sense.

Now when people ask, I tell them that it just doesn’t suit me… It doesn’t do anything for my spiritual state, my mental state, or my creative state.

The Stigma Surrounding Substance Abuse

She has more than a decade of experience covering fitness, health, and nutrition. As a freelance writer, her work appeared in Women’s Health, Self, Men’s Journal, Reader’s Digest, and more. She has also held staff editorial positions at Family Circle and Shape magazines, as well sobriety success stories as A former New Yorker/Brooklynite, she’s now based in Easton, PA. Many realized that they needed to take better control of their lives—and alcohol took that control away. Meet the Maven who turned a grad school love of wine and community into a full-blown career.

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The only difficult part, for me, has been how much drinking is ingrained into our social lives, our meals, our activities, and more. Mainly, though, I stop because too much alcohol dulls my sparkle. Drinking isn’t a rebellious act in today’s society, but not drinking is.


2012 to 2013 were my hardest drinking days. My son would leave Friday night and spend the weekend with his grandparents. I took this as the time to drink until I threw up or blacked out. And I blacked out every single time I drank. When I was blacked out, I would fight friends, throw up on myself, and pee myself as well. I would be fine, drinking with my friends, then blackness.

  • I was in a meeting with Chris one day – and I’ve mentioned I love sports – and he told me that it’s like it is the 4th quarter and I’m down 40 points and I need my best team with me.
  • You’ll see clearly that addiction doesn’t discriminate, and that anyone can become addicted.
  • She slipped in the snow, already a foot deep and still coming down.
  • If I have an issue I can call so many people at Herren Wellness who will be there for me.
  • MY STORY BEGAN on January 27, 1938, a cold snowy day in Syracuse, New York.

Her timeless tale is a powerful one, and definitely one that needs to be read by all. Give those around you a heads up that you’re not drinking at a party or other event so others know ahead of time and you don’t have to explain yourself in the moment. Also, aim to speak openly with loved ones about how you stopped drinking, letting them know about this new change and the support you need. Unhealthy side effects like tiredness, poor running performance, relationship changes, and generally not feeling good after nights of drinking propelled some runners to want to quit alcohol. Over the past few months, Runner’s World+ members have opened up about their struggles with alcohol. They’ve shared what experiences have encouraged them to reassess how alcohol fits into their lives, and what has made them cut back on booze or stop drinking completely. Plus, they’ve shared how they’ve stuck with that shift toward sobriety.