|Photo from last year, on one of our walks!|
If you read statistics, you would wonder why we would even try to get and stay sober, as so many people go back to drinking.
I know in my heart, I have to take my sobriety very seriously.
It’s firm. I don’t drink.
I found this great article from the FIX, written by
I thought back to when I had first tried to get sober, and my relapse. It was summer vacation for teachers, and I had celebrated all day with friends. I ended up passing out in a friend’s bathroom, and she had to call the paramedics to help me.
Mr. UT had to come get me, but I was out of control, and he ended up taking me to the hospital. The doctor suggested treatment, and I said yes.
I checked myself into an out-patient treatment. I learned some skills, but within a year, I had replased.
I’ve never thought to look back and see what were the pitfalls in my first recovery.
Here are Kelly’s 10 reasons, and I added my thoughts about my relapse with them.
1. Fear of missing out
This was a big one for me. I just didn’t think I could have fun without drinking, and all my friends drank something. Some more, some less, but our fun was going to happy hour, or fun deck parties. How would hubs and I have romantic dinners out? It took more time for me to learn how to learn I could have fun, and not miss out. In fact, the only way I miss out is if I think I am! I also don’t think parties or activities where drinking is the only activity are fun anymore!
2. “Why me?” Syndrome
I did feel sorry for myself. Friends who drank a lot, could keep drinking. Why couldn’t I?
Why was I the one who became addicted? It took me a longer time to learn, life is not fair. It’s just the way it is.
3. You haven’t been in enough pain
It is true, I never had a DUI or anything terribly bad happen to me. However, I was making life miserable for myself and hubs, and I was in pain. It took another public humiliation several years after my relapse to finally accept I was in pain. That pain, along with new joy, keeps me sober.
4. You still believe you can drink in moderation
I did. I thought I could go back to drinking and drink a glass of water or diet coke between drinks. In fact, the first drink I had after I got of treatment, (about 7 months into sobriety at that time), I ordered a glass of wine, a cup of coffee, and water. I keep reading about moderation and thought I could do it. Of course, I had to learn I can not moderate. This is not for me.
5. Thinking about never drinking again scares you
This still scares me and I sometimes think I will have a drink when I am 80! Just thinking about being forever makes me anxious, so I just don’t think about it now. I am happy I am not drinking today!
6. You are physically addicted
Sobriety takes dedication and work. It’s a lifelong process that sometimes takes years to understand and sustain. If you can’t stay sober, it may mean you’re just not ready for everything that recovery entails. But that doesn’t mean you should stop trying. When you become ready and willing, sobriety is out there for anyone to grasp. I recommend you keep reaching for it, no matter how many times it takes to stick.“