In the early days, getting sober feels like a full-time job. You have to think about it all the time, you have to do things to protect your sobriety, you have to have new boundaries with friends and family while you get things figured out, and you always have that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you’re going to screw it all up.
Recovery does take a lot of focus in the beginning because you are doing everything different. And instead of being scared of relapse, I want you to create a lifestyle that is easy, fun, and drama-free… that supports living alcohol-free. If you put the time in building the foundation you will have more freedom and comfort than you’ve ever known before.
I remember going through moments of feeling bored, wondering if this was all there was going to be to my life, was I just going to go to meetings and eat pizza with my friends forever? I felt restless and it was a danger zone for me.
Luckily, I stayed the course and trusted there would be something better if I was willing to stick with it. I knew boredom was more about me not finding things to do and restless was pretty typical for me. I wasn’t used to doing things that didn’t provide instant gratification.
What I have learned over these sober years is that foundation I was building was the most important element of my recovery. Building new friendships with people who accepted me in my new life, being honest about how challenging my problem really was, allowing others to guide me and show me the way to a lifestyle I had never had before. These are a few of the pillars that I have built my sobriety on and I want you to do the same.
At some point we all start to realize that quitting drinking isn’t the hard part. The hard part is continuing to do it day after day.
With the right foundation, you can create a life like you’ve never known. Confident in yourself and your choices, loved and admired by friends and family, and able to feel genuine happiness without the help of a substance.
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