Thank you to all you wonderful bloggers and readers of blogs out there who stuck with me through thick and thin these last couple of years. Your support has meant the world to me. All your likes and comments and posts have given me 641 sober days. And that, my friend, is a miracle.
For anyone who has survived anything (this means YOU), this blog post by Laura Parrott Perry is pretty amazing. She found the courage to tell her story:
In Other Words
Even when I had no faith in life beyond what was right in front of me, I received little nudges from the universe, showing me I was not alone. Birds especially seem to be messengers from the spirit world.
Here is Nelson from One Drunk’s Tale talking about a visit from a Junco.
I’ve been reading more posts about how a relationship with alcohol is a lot like an abusive relationship, or at least one that just doesn’t work anymore. I am reposting my blog at 40 days sober (I am now at 510!) because it’s exactly what I experienced.
Day 40: It’s Complicated
I love to call out new bloggers, because I remember how important (and scary) it was to have people reach out to me, especially in the early days.
Here’s Carey, on DAY 1 at Retiring Carol!
She calls her blog Retiring Carol because her drinking alter-ego was given a name by family members. She wants her gone.
Hip Sobriety is a legend in the sober blogosphere. I am so inspired by their stuff. Here is just one paragraph from their “manifesto”:
2. You do not need to hit rock bottom. Some 90% of folks who struggle with alcohol (in the US) are not clinically addicted. We have an idea that we need to be falling down and lose everything to address our relationship with alcohol. Not true. If you’re worried about your drinking, if it’s causing shame or fear or keeping you from the life you’re dreaming about, that’s more than enough to begin. And the sooner you start, the easier it is.
Anyway, if you’re struggling with sobriety or want to reinforce it, they offer an email-based 40-day Mantra course for $ 34 that looks right up my alley. They also have an 8-week “Sobriety School.” I totally would have done this when I was struggling, had I known it was out there. Looks like a great way to jump-start the process. 💕
A friend recently said to me, “At least you’re a high-bottom alcoholic, if you have to be one.” I couldn’t really agree with her about being a high-bottom anything. It kind of depends on where you might have ended up had you not begun drinking at all. In other words, you don’t have to be homeless to have been hit pretty damn hard by the “grapes of wrath.”
I am reposting this blog (written at a blessed 10 days sober!) because I think we sometimes use the term “high bottom” to show that we weren’t really all that bad, were we?
Day 10 at a Fork in the Road