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Old 08-17-2017, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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9 months ago I decided I wasn't going to drink anymore. I'd made the same decision 1,000 times before then as well. I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to be happy. But I don't think I really believed I could be those things without alcohol. Alcohol had become such a lifestyle for me that living without it seemed daunting and impossible. I didn't think I drank that much... Just felt I over did it when I did.
Looking back though, there was NOTHING heathy or happy with my relationship with alcohol, and I drank a lot. Way more than I let myself believe at the time. It's been just over 9 months since my last drink, and I'm confident in saying that I am legitimately happy and pretty sure I'm healthy (and %100 sure I'm healthier than I was before!!)
I thought not drinking would be hard, and at times it is, but comparatively my life is so much easier. I really don't think i was living the life I deserved before... I was just surviving!! I still have the "why me" moments occasionally, but I'm sort of taking the position that this is what I was dealt, and this is just what my "struggle that will make me stronger" is.
I know I don't post on here often, but I check in frequently and definitely use tools that I have learned from my time on SR. I think the one that has been the most helpful is "play it through"... whenever I am thinking that I drink would help or be nice, I think of what that one drink would lead to and it becomes much less desirable!!
My lifestyle used to revolve around drinking, even if I didn't realize it. I'm happy and thankful that that has changed and sooo grateful for the last 9 months SOBER!! 😊😊😊
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Awesome 9 months!!
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Really great news! 9 months is very impressive!
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Grape work, PinotNOmore! Shiraz good to see people riesling to the challenge of sobriety.

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Old 08-17-2017, 01:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That's great news. And, I'm so glad that you get it, that recovery involves changing a lot, including lifestyle.
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I know how you feel. Nice isn't it.
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Congrats on 9 months! Fantastic post!
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Wow 9 months, absolutely fantastic, Congatulations to you
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Really glad to read this PNM. Congratulations

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9 months ago I decided I wasn't going to drink anymore. I'd made the same decision 1,000 times before then as well. I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to be happy. But I don't think I really believed I could be those things without alcohol. Alcohol had become such a lifestyle for me that living without it seemed daunting and impossible. I didn't think I drank that much... Just felt I over did it when I did.
Looking back though, there was NOTHING heathy or happy with my relationship with alcohol, and I drank a lot. Way more than I let myself believe at the time. It's been just over 9 months since my last drink, and I'm confident in saying that I am legitimately happy and pretty sure I'm healthy (and %100 sure I'm healthier than I was before!!)
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My lifestyle used to revolve around drinking, even if I didn't realize it. I'm happy and thankful that that has changed and sooo grateful for the last 9 months SOBER!! 😊😊😊
Great news!...I'm striving for what you have...I know how I feel after 4 days and I want a drink...but me drinking gets out of control!....Keep it up bro! Stay sober
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Grape work, PinotNOmore! Shiraz good to see people riesling to the challenge of sobriety.

Ha! Love the puns! Thank you everyone! 9 months seems like it flew by in comparison to how slow the first few weeks/ months felt. It does get easier. Strangely enough though, I thought more about drinking yesterday than I have in months! 😕 I guess maybe the milestone had my mind turning. 🤔
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