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How To Survive The First 30 Days of Sobriety

Uncategorized Jan 18, 2020

So, you decided to participate in the trending Dry January this 2020 to kick off your best year ever. Or maybe you’ve stumbled upon this post in the future and you’ve decided to call off your relationship with alcohol once and for all. Either way, welcome to recovery, my friend!

Some of my hardest days of being sober were in the first 30 days of getting sober. But I’m so glad I started and haven’t looked back in years. 

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit and a whole 3 months to form a lifestyle. So while the first 30 days are crucial to setting the tone for your recovery, know that there’s a lot more to go. And that’s a good thing! A sober lifestyle is the most amazing choice I’ve ever made. 

The first thing you need to realize is that it’s not going to be easy. You’re going to fight battles that you’ve been avoiding for far too long and battling yourself about “needing” to get a drink. And...

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Sober Vibes Feature! Congrats Marnie.

Uncategorized Jan 17, 2020

Here is the awesome @marnieraec sending the Sober Vibes since 4/2003!

"I got sober 17+ years ago after a particularly bad night at my children's elementary school auction. The kind of bad night that ends in a conversation with your husband that consists of "if you do not fix this problem, I' mm taking the kids and leaving"." The good news about this terrible night is that before I even had a conversation with my husband, I already knew I was done. I went to bed that night, knowing that was the last time I was drinking. The conversation with my husband the next morning just reinforced it.

I approached a friend at school the next day, and I knew she did not drink, I was not sure why, but I had a sneaking suspicion. That woman ended up taking me to my first AA meeting, and she was my sponsor for many years. I am forever grateful to her and the people in those rooms.

I haven't attended a meeting in many many years but have remained sober because those feelings of misery, shame, and...

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5 Reasons To Quit Drinking Alcohol Right Now!

Uncategorized Jan 15, 2020

Welcome to another day on the journey to recovery from alcohol. In case you’ve been thinking about putting off your sobriety until tomorrow, or Monday, or next year, I’m here to tell you why NOW is the right time to quit drinking.

There’s a load of benefits to getting sober and the top 5 are probably different for everyone. Alcohol affects many lives in many different ways and there’s no single right reason why you should be sober. If you’ve been curious about getting sober, that’s the first step into saying, “NO.” 

 

1.Health (Physical And Mental)

Dropping the bottle habit has been linked to tons of success stories of people who got sober and got fit. If you’re looking to drop a few pounds this, quitting drinking is bound to help you shed a few just because of the sheer amount of calories in a single drink or shot of liquor. 

On top of the physical health benefits to sobriety, there’s also great long-term...

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Sober Vibes Feature! Congrats Sara.

Uncategorized Jan 12, 2020

Here is the wonderful Sara sending the sober vibes since 12/29/15...

“It all started to fit in, be liked and be more social. I was worried about what others thought about me and wanted desperately to have friends. I was a shy girl who bought the BS alcohol and society was selling.

It was all a lie! It gave me a false sense of connection. I believed the only way I could socialize was to drink. It turned me into an empty shell of myself for many years.

Recovery gave me everything alcohol lIed about. I now have a love, respect and connection with myself I never had before. I now don’t worry if someone doesn’t like me, because I like me. Ive made heart felt connections with other women who see who I really am.

Ive found a contentment I never knew possible. Do I still have days I struggle, yes! Life is stressful and has it’s ups and down. I now react differently to those outside stressors. I no longer reach for alcohol to “relax” or...

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Sober Vibes Feature! Congrats to ME!

Uncategorized Jan 09, 2020

I am proudly addicted to my Sobriety! 2,700 days.

This road is not all unicorns and scrunchies, but it is one that is worth it.

When I decided to stop the cycle and love affair with alcohol, I never thought I make 30 days, and a lot of people didn't think I would make it either and eventually go back because that's all I showed them for years. Saying I would stop and then go right back into a blackout a week later. I'm sure I shocked them when I continued to ride this wave out, BUT in this ride, I have most definitely shocked myself, and that is what matters most.

For me, in my recovery, the day's matter, everyone is different. I keep track of keeping my ass grounded.

I continue to learn and grow each day in this journey, and I'm so happy I broke the generational cycle of addiction.

Today is always a great day to start living a life without alcohol. Reach out if you need help, it is here. 

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Sober Vibes Feature! Congrats Sara.

Uncategorized Jan 04, 2020

Here is the fantastic Sara sending the Sober Vibes since 1/1/17!

“I can’t explain the emotions around releasing an entire decade and also celebrating three years sober in the same day - but I’m going to try.

I intentionally chose not to do a transformation photo alongside this post. I could dredge up more memories of drunken shenanigans and mistakes made, money spent, and time lost, but today I am choosing something different. Today I cut the cord.

I have given the young girl inside of me a voice. I have allowed her the space to express her anger towards those who have hurt her. I have taught her to stand up for herself, and I have helped bandage her wounds. She has had center stage for a long time. And rightfully so. This young woman who was not ready to face the music and dance around the flame has finally owned her truth, chosen to take up space, to be loud, to be loved.
I do not wish to close the door on this young girl. But today, I choose to release her.

This...

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How To Keep Yourself Accountable Through Your Recovery

Uncategorized Dec 28, 2019

Not to brag or anything, but my sobriety is pretty fantastic. Changing my mindset and learning to hold myself accountable has opened up so many more doors! In fact, accountability is my #1 tip for staying sober.

Personal Accountability

Holding yourself accountable is the first place you need to start when you want to get real with getting sober. For good. It’s not just a matter of will you do it or not if no one’s looking. It’s a matter of shifting your mindset to constantly ask yourself if you’re being the best version of yourself.

When you think about the negative feelings alcohol delivers, you may think about how you’re basically helpless to your escape the circle of wanting to get drunk. To get wasted. No matter what goes on in your life, you can’t seem to escape the entrapment of your desire to drink and ultimately escape reality. And really, being addicted to escaping reality can be a host to an environment that looks a lot like a victim...

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Sober Vibes Feature, Congrats Lora Anne!

sober vibes feature Dec 19, 2019

Here is the amazing Lora Anne Strong sending the Sober Vibes since 12/12/15...

“On 12/12/15, I decided, I wasn’t going to drink alcohol any longer. 
With everything going on around me and watching those I adore, struggle with addiction, hangovers and losing so much - I had to be done. This was one of my, “why’s.” You see, I didn’t hit a bottom, of any kind.

I didn’t drink, “every day and sometimes, I’d go weeks without out drinking, maybe months...
None of that mattered.
I was tired of, the work it took to, return to “self” after I did.

A vicious cycle.

What mattered was, I hated how I felt, AFTER I drank.
It took from me.
And it held me back from showing up, FULLY, as my authentic self.
My, “WHOLE” self.

Life certainly isn’t a perfect ball of magic, 
but I will tell you, without a doubt, the last 4 years have been a beautiful string, of sober days, filled with so much clarity, peace, and joy!

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Sober Vibes Feature! Congrats Julie.

sober vibes feature Dec 13, 2019

Sober Vibes Feature, Stories Save Lives!

Here is the beautiful and amazing Julie sending the Sober Vibes since 12/02/09...

“ 𝔂𝓮𝓪𝓻𝓼 𝓼𝓸𝓫𝓮𝓻 
I’ve never had to do any of this alone. I felt alone, and so isolated all my life. No longer do I need to feel this way. I drank till I was near death, to fill the void. I thought it was the only solution. Today my solution is living a life of purpose.
If you’re like me, a hope to die drunk, there is a solution. You don’t have to survive. You can truly live.
What I’ve done is keep it simple:
Ask for help
Remain teachable
Be of service
Trust the process....don’t second guess this. I promise it’s worth it.”

Keep kicking ass Julie in your recovery and inspiring others!

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20 Quotes for Sobriety

Uncategorized Dec 12, 2019

Hey, Friend!

Are you sick of feeling like Sobriety is going to be boring or that you aren't going ever to have FUN again? 

Or maybe you are in a little funk currently because you are in this current stage of your Sobriety journey.

I get it. 

I've been on this road for over seven years and have gone through being stuck and early on of having the mindset that I would never have fun with alcohol again.  

In time you do learn that the whole "sobriety is boring" is just a lie you told yourself because you were in your addiction cycle and into the drinking culture our society has today. 

Drinking was everything to you, and when you are in it, you cant see the other side of it. 

If both are true for you, it's ok!

I know what it's like to be in that cycle.

I put together 20 quotes I have heard or have come up with along my journey of Sobriety and Recovery.  I use them to boost me up some days and remember where I have come from in the fight against my...

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