Another Week In the Can…I’m Not Alone

About a week has gone by since my last post and I’m proud to say I’m clean and sober. However, I feel like it’s kind of cheating since I wasn’t really in an environment with a lot of temptation to drink. Either way though I’ve noticed that not drinking on the weekends has made more more productive than usual especially compared to when I do drink and how I feel the next day. Just yesterday I was able to wake up early, square away my laundry (including folding), and finish designing some rough pages for a parts of a website that I’m building. Had this been a drinking day-after most likely what would have happened was I would have woken up around 11 or noon, not feel too good, zone out for a part of the day, and not have gotten much at all done.

I was actually really surprised to find a comment on one of my blog posts today. Apparently google has me indexed or something, though I tried searching “going out sober” like the comment said but didn’t find anything. However, what was interesting was to find a whole another world out there of people trying to do what I’m doing right now. I knew books existed to guide people down this sober path, but I hadn’t really even considered looking into them. I looked briefly into the book that was recommended to me by “Dan.” A book called The Easy Way to Quit Drinking by Allen car. The synopsis is what really struck a chord with me:

a book that was reccommended to meThe Easyway™ method centers on removing the psychological need to drink—while the drinker is still drinking. Following the Easyway™:

• You will not need willpower
• You will not feel deprived
• You will lose your fear of withdrawal pangs
• You will enjoy social occasions more
• You will be better equipped to handle stress

Of course that’s just a blurb to sell more books. However, through my own experiences I’ve noticed a lot of people who depend on alcohol for a variety of things that each of the above points address. For example, I know people when after a long stressful day of work will say “man, I had a rough day at work…I need a drink.” Or I’ve known people who want to mingle in a social environment but will hesitate and often respond “I need one more drink…” I’m not here to pass judgment on these people, but to point out the fact that in both situations the word “need” was used. I truly believe our vocabulary dictates our thinking and beliefs. If someone says they need something a lot, in this case alcohol, I think it’s only natural they become dependent alcohol for that particular situation. The end result is that we forget what it was like to be free from the thing we are dependent on which only reinforces the dependence.

Personally, I want to go sober, not because i have an issue with alcohol, but to see if there’s much of a difference to a life without it. Will social interactions be more boring? Will I become more dull? Will stress overcome me since I can’t “unwind”? These are just a few of the questions I’m curious to discover on this journey.

I’m starting to realize this blog seems a little more serious than I intend. I’m really not this serious. I think next time I’ll post up some of my strategies for making people think I’m drinking in social situations or how to get out of drinking when someone offers you a drink or pressures you into it.

Days Sober: 14
Days left: 351

Comments 1

  1. alcohol abuse wrote:

    Here’s a website you may find useful. http://www.addicted.com is a site for friends, families, and those who suffer from various addictions.

    Posted 25 Jul 2007 at 2:23 pm

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