I quit drinking alcohol on January 14th, 2016. Writing that always gives me some apprehension. There’s something too short and practical about that sentence as it never does justice to my recovery journey.
Getting sober is one thing; staying sober is another. It’s not a simple process, and I suspect it isn’t either for many people trying to quit whatever addiction they’re battling.
Addiction is a tricky issue that still baffles the minds of doctors and researchers. …
I have been sober for four and a half years. Before I quit drinking, I had contemplated getting sober for several years but couldn’t quite get there. I knew alcohol was killing me and stripping away all my motivation. Still, I couldn’t imagine my life without it.
Who was I without alcohol? How would I fit in anywhere?
For me, and probably many other alcoholics, drinking was more than just self-soothing. …