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Musings

Take the gift of a new routine

Take the gift of a new routine
Although a change in routine may be a strange way to describe embracing sobriety, it was actually one of the biggest hurdles I faced in overcoming my reliance on the stuff. Routines, after all, by their very nature provide us comfort and security. We come to rely on our daily patterns so intensely that when one of them falls away, it can be extremely destabilizing and distressing. Continue reading

Why I blog about not drinking

Why I blog about not drinking
There are two main reasons why I blog about my sobriety journey. One is for my own personal benefit and the other is for those considering, or are already on, a similar path. I want to be clear that I do not blog to guilt or shame anyone into quitting alcohol. I drank far too much, and for too long, to judge anyone on his or her drinking habits.  Continue reading

Understanding behaviour vs identity

Understanding behaviour vs identity
When I first decided to quit drinking, I had to go through several iterations of "the quit" before it finally stuck. Even though my common sense told me that drinking did more harm than good, it could not override my desire to drink. Continue reading

Alcohol is everywhere

Alcohol is everywhere
One of the first things I noticed when I quit drinking alcohol was its ubiquitous presence. Strangely, I'd never realized how frequently the theme of alcohol arose in my daily life. And by my daily life, I mean yours, too. It's in radio commercials, TV shows, movies, social media posts even Hallmark stores for God's sake. Can't cope with life? Have a drink. Boss sucks? Have a drink. It's noon somewhere in the world... Have a drink.  Continue reading