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Old 05-01-2022, 01:20 AM
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Hi!

I donít read the forums often these days, as Iím constantly on the chase after my very energetic toddler.

I donít count days but I have around seven months of continuous sobriety. Before that, I was drinking 4-6 drinks 3-4 nights each week as a coping mechanism for the exhaustion of parenthood. A couple of times per month it would be much more and Iíd have a terrible hangover the next day and basically do the bare minimum necessary to survive the day. I had originally started drinking again after my pregnancy hiatus with the mindset that maybe I could moderate after such a huge life change, but obviously that didnít work and wonít ever work for me. I knew in my heart that I was at a critical point of the slippery slope, so both my partner and I called it quits with alcohol for good. No more moderation attempts.

Iím posting because I have learned through a few failed attempts at sobriety that the moment alcohol starts to look appealing in any way, I need to dive back into my sobriety support resources. There have been a few times recently where Iíve thought to myself ďa glass of wine would be nice on a day like thisĒ and even though I wouldnít do it, thatís the first step for me towards relapse. Iím early-days pregnant again and even though I would never drink during pregnancy, this is how the relapse thoughts started last time and resulted in my drinking again after my sonís birth. So, here I am, reading threads and reminding myself why I am a non-drinker.

I have hundreds of reasons written down to reinforce my choice to abstain, but the main one is that I get the opportunity to role model to my children how to navigate life without relying on a drug to numb the hard parts. I wonít ever be at risk of damaging them through my alcoholic behaviours.

Looking forward to some lurking and hopefully engaging with others in the forum over the next bit. As always, would love some motivating words of wisdom on how to get back to that beautiful mindset where the idea of a drink literally makes me cringe with disgust!
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Old 05-01-2022, 03:59 AM
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Welcome back to posting shealy

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Old 05-01-2022, 04:53 AM
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Welcome back and congrats on your pregnancy!
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Old 05-01-2022, 02:29 PM
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When I entered recovery 31 yrs ago, I was taught to never
let go of my support and to never forget where I came from
or what brought me here in the first place. Here, meaning,
to the rooms of recovery support. It is where I learned and
continue to learn how to live life in a healthy, happy, honest
way, one day at a time.

Learning to achieve continuous sobriety and build a strong
solid foundation to live upon moving forward.

Support strong here in SR and in the rooms of recovery.
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Old 05-02-2022, 03:20 AM
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Originally Posted by aasharon90 View Post
When I entered recovery 31 yrs ago, I was taught to never
let go of my support and to never forget where I came from
or what brought me here in the first place. Here, meaning,
to the rooms of recovery support. It is where I learned and
continue to learn how to live life in a healthy, happy, honest
way, one day at a time.

Learning to achieve continuous sobriety and build a strong
solid foundation to live upon moving forward.

Support strong here in SR and in the rooms of recovery.
31 years! Thatís incredible, and inspiring 🙂

I understand now that sobriety resources need to be a part of my life ongoing. Sometimes Iíll lean into them harder than others. I hope I will someday be blessed to have that many years of sobriety.
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