I’m so happy that you’re here. I truly hope that what you find here helps you in some way.
When I finally accepted that my addictive tendencies were wreaking havoc on my entire life and that I had to do something about it, I felt every kind of negative emotional response you can imagine; anger, distress, shame, depression, fear, embarrassment, remorse, guilt, self-pity.
If only I knew then what I know now; that there’s nothing negative whatsoever about accepting the truth and having the courage to do something about it.
On the contrary, being able and willing to accept things as they are and work with them rather than against them makes anything possible.
I try not to waste time on regret, but if there’s one thing I could go back and do differently, it would be to take a long and total break from alcohol a lot sooner than I did. Going sober for several years enabled me to identify the underlying causal reasons behind my once excessive drinking. Learning how to live sober also allowed me to cultivate proper coping techniques. I no longer celebrated every happiness with a drink and I stopped drowning my sorrows at the first sign of sadness. Recovery is so much more than giving something up, it’s the way back to your authentic self.
It’s about discovering your true self. It’s about cultivating real happiness and self-respect. It’s about feeling all of your feelings fully and not relying on the routine of regularly imbibing mind altering substances and acting out habitual toxic behavioural patterns.
If you’re reading this and are struggling with something, anything, that holds you back and keeps you from living the kind of life you want to, please know that you are not alone, you are not stuck and you are far stronger than you realise. Every single passing heartbeat is another chance to change.
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