Say you're out with the girls, on vacation with drinking friends, at a dinner party or work function where alcohol is featured... what do you say when you're offered a drink? Most likely, the people you are with have seen you drink - many times - and will be puzzled (possibly to the point of … Continue reading Just Say No
One of the things that confounds me most about alcoholism is its secrecy. Historically, Alcoholics Anonymous was "it" as far as recovery - and secrecy is a cornerstone of that organization. Some speculate that this secrecy has created a stigma for people with alcohol issues - if you're an alcoholic, you're a drunk, a deadbeat, … Continue reading Coming Out
As I work to put my drinking life behind me, I'm faced with how I want my new life to look. The old life pretty much involved daytime activities only - anything after dark was a haze. That means no going out in the evening, unless it was with the hubster to the theater a few … Continue reading Life Makeover
Here I am at Day 14! I'm feeling determined and solidly sober - no cravings and no desire, whatsoever, to return to old habits. I am still wrestling a mild headache, which I'm attributing to diet coke withdrawals. I'm walking every day, trying to eat more healthfully (tho still have work to do on that … Continue reading Two Weeks!!
My sober sisters have told me there would be ups and downs in the recovery process. I am definitely in a down - not to the point of failing and falling, but definitely down. I recently became aware of something called PAWS (Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome) which can cause all sorts of issues for people … Continue reading Ups, Downs & Moderation!