How To Manage Difficult Emotions In Early Sobriety
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How To Manage Difficult Emotions In Early Sobriety

There comes a point in sobriety where you have to force yourself to confront difficult emotions without any crutches. These are not easy moments, nor are they completely unfamiliar to you. In fact, these are the same thoughts and memories that would, in another life, drive you to open the bottle and get blasted. But now that you’re sober, there’s a new, naked vulnerability invading your inner world and it’s going to get harder before it gets easier.

Drowning in Alcohol Culture
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Drowning in Alcohol Culture

Alcohol is everywhere. It permeates our culture. It’s in advertisements, movies, literature, our yoga classes (which still baffles me). Before I started getting serious about sobriety, I hadn’t really noticed because it was so ingrained into my everyday life. Of course we can find it in all the old familiar places: bars, clubs, restaurants. But it doesn’t end there. We’ve got book clubs with wine. Baby showers with wine. Painting classes with wine. Concerts in the park. With wine. We are constantly being inundated with the idea that we need alcohol to have fun, socialize, kick back, or function successfully.

Sobriety, Surrender, and a New Year
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Sobriety, Surrender, and a New Year

I did it! I’ve officially made it through the holidays without drinking. It was not easy and I had doubts about whether I would make it through New Year’s.

My First Sober Christmas! (Thank God It’s Over)
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My First Sober Christmas! (Thank God It’s Over)

Y’all. It is December 26th and I feel like a weight has lifted. I am reveling in the magic of this morning (with a dash of grief for the death George Michaels to which I say, “F*ck you, 2016”). I woke up, dragged my ass to the gym, made a protein smoothie and then gave myself some space to appreciate the fact that I am not in bed hungover with a slight cough from smoking because I came very, VERY close to that reality.

Everybody who celebrates (and many who don’t) have their own relationship with Christmas. Generally speaking, I like this holiday. I like the music, the baked goods, the warmth. For me Christmas evokes the imagery of fire places, warm sweaters, hot cocoa, and family. Last year was particularly great as I got to spend the holiday season in Rome. This year, however, the hubs and I stayed in the UAE, far away from family and friends and I struggled through the entire day. Here are the three very big thorns in my sober side from Christmas 2016.

You Know What’s Really Revving Up Your Anxiety? Alcohol.
Alcohol & Your Body

You Know What’s Really Revving Up Your Anxiety? Alcohol.

The Connection Between Alcohol And Anxiety Have you ever woken up after a night of drinking and felt like your heart was beating out of your chest? Maybe you awoke…

The Myth of Moderation
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The Myth of Moderation

At some point in your sobriety journey, you have probably tried (and failed) to moderate your drinking. This is a common thread among all of us. But why? Why can’t we moderate?