Yoga allows me to connect the physical with the spiritual. Meditation allows me to open space for self-love, reason, and understanding, rather than self-hate, irrational thoughts, and paranoia. I couldn’t do everyday things, like folding laundry, without a drink by my side.
One of my college friends used to get drunk and aggressively challenge someone to start naming states so that he could name their respective capitals. He would scream the answers and taunt everyone in the room. No one seriously challenged him, because no one seriously being sober around drinkers cared. But I refused to believe that it just didn’t work and did everything to avoid the inevitable. Now, I can accept the relationship for what it was and know that divorce was the right decision. Alcohol consumption can impair coordination and decision-making.
Utilizing Professional Resources During Overwhelming Situations
Just keep in mind that your improvements won’t happen overnight. Having a chaotic or disorganized lifestyle can also hinder your recovery. It’s important to develop a structured daily and weekly schedule and stick to it. For example, you may have developed a co-dependent relationship, or a family member, friend, or employer may have been enabling you without even knowing it. If PAWS is severe or if you’re experiencing prolonged symptoms, a medical professional can help you work through them and remain in recovery without relapse.
Here are 15 things I have learned by being the only sober person around. Not drinking is the most important part — I can’t function, in the most general sense, if I’m ass deep in a bottle. But sobriety has also given me a chance at a fulfilling life in so many other ways. However, many factors, such as a person’s sex, medication use, and health, can affect intoxication and cause BAC to rise quicker and fall slower.
Find Balance in Your Life
That being said, you might not be at a place where you want people to know you’re not drinking, and that’s OK. You can provide an excuse, like that you’re on antibiotics, or you aren’t feeling great or want to feel fresh for something you have going on the next day. It’s important to remember that you never have to give yourself up to make other people comfortable—ever. Whether you’re stating a one-sentence response (“I don’t drink”) or using a small excuse, the only thing to consider is whether you are comfortable, and whether your boundaries are being upheld.
Be Sober for example is moderated by Simon Capple, a certified Quit Alcohol Coach. “These groups offer support, anonymity, and community for people who are questioning their drinking,” she says. “You can post ‘I’m drinking too much what can I do,’” Humphreys says.