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The strange experience of being sober at a concert

The strange experience of being sober at a concert
I'm not a big concert-goer. Every once in a while a friend invites me to a concert in Toronto and I say yes. Last night was one of those occasions. With my boyfriend living 4000 km away, the social outings are slim this summer. So, when my girlfriend had an itch to head to Toronto to see Blue Rodeo and Sam Roberts Band outside, I jumped at it. Of course, as a former social drinker, the usual questions arose. Continue reading

Do this one thing to help you stop drinking alcohol

Do this one thing to help you stop drinking alcohol
I spent years trying to quit drinking, then failing, before I finally was able to fully commit to a sober lifestyle. While there are many strategies I used to adopt an alcohol-free life, I found this one simple action was instrumental to keeping me on the path to quit drinking alcohol for good. Continue reading

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

Skip the booze when traveling

Skip the booze when traveling
There are so many ways that my decision to quit drinking has affected my day to day life that I had not given much thought to how it would affect my vacations. I’d booked my trip to Europe back in December as I was embarking on my new sober lifestyle. The challenge of traveling without my usual libations wasn’t even a glimmer of a thought. 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

Don't expect support

Don't expect support
When you choose to quit drinking alcohol, don't expect much support. Unless you're an alcoholic. At least, that has been my experience so far. People get it if you quit because you're an alcoholic and your life is a hot mess, as a result. They support you and encourage you. That doesn't happen if you're a social drinker who has decided to quit.  Continue reading

Substitutes for wine

Substitutes for wine
A tremendous part of the clarity journey is self-exploration. By that, I mean you'll be asking yourself a gazillion questions as you come to understand why you want to drink so badly, and how you can overcome that desire once and for all. One of the first places you'll likely start is determining what it is about the drinking experience, itself, that is so alluring.  Continue reading