Sometimes it seems like life just won't give you a break -I know because I'm there right now! To be perfectly honest, not drinking is a blessing during these times. My mom passed away in Jan, and now my dog of 11 years just three months after, that. If anyone knows how hard life can hit you when you are down, it's me; but I don't let it get in the way of my recovery! In fact, let it fuel your recovery!
As easy as it would be to relapse in these trying times we can't let these excuses undermine the progress I've already made. Sobriety is a long journey and we can't keep starting from square one at every sign of a speed bump.
Take it from me!
2019- A Rocky Start
I usually try to stay pretty positive about life, especially after my liver failed. However, when your mom passes away in the first ten days of the new year, your hopes for the year are pretty dashed. Though difficult as it may be to both face these issues head on, and to do so in a sober mindstate, not drinking is the best choice I can make for myself.
When I lost my mom in January, I thought the world would stop spinning. It didn't. Though everything inside of me screamed that it wanted to stop trying, I couldn't let myself slip. Even when my dog died this week, I wouldn't let myself even touch alcohol, after it felt like life was dumping on me.
Here I am, not drinking, and life is still shitty sometimes!
No doubt it's the best decision you can make: to stay sober during the difficult times. It's not easy, and it's definitely not fun, but it is the best way to get through that hard time without making it astronomically worse.
I know that, If I can stay sober through all of this and find the good in every day, you can
Yes, You Can
Finding happiness in sobriety isn't something you just arrive at. You don't just walk up to the front door and ring the bell to come in; happiness manifested.
You have to find the good in the bad days, and hold tight to that.
One thing I've learned in recovery is that the good times don't last forever, but neither do the bad times. Everything comes to pass sooner or later.
My time drinking has come to pass, and my time not drinking is far better than I imagined. You can do it
Sometimes we get knocked down, but we have to keep standing up on the sober side.