12th Day summary – growing confidence, physical withdrawal mostly gone, thinking clearly again. Be sure to leave a comment to share your experience with other readers.
Sober Again Update: February 2017
I’ve made it back to 12 days of sobriety. This is only the second time since I started drinking that I can remember going this long without drinking alcohol. My withdrawal symptoms have been mild and everyday I’m gaining confidence.
- Alcohol cravings are losing force
- I’m sleeping better
- The anxiety is leaving me
- I’m thinking clearly for the first time in years
- Everyday builds confidence that I can actually quit drinking
Most of what I’ve been reading says the worst of the physical compulsion to drink has peaked at this week. Tonight I’m wondering how I was so committed to getting smashed. It seems like it was so much work!
Anyway. I’m glad you’re reading. Please leave me a comment below to share your sobriety story.
Day 12 Sober: Happy Sunday from a blue law state! (Original 2016 Post)
I live in one of those rare blue law states that prohibit the sale of packaged alcohol on Sunday. In other words, I can’t get a drink today except at a restaurant.
I remember planning my whole week around that simple fact. Sometimes that meant stocking up on Saturday. Other times I’d finish my stash on Saturday so to trick myself into one day sober. In both cases, the blue laws of my state made me decide about drinking in advance once per week.
The opportunity to drink was limited, by my other reasons to drink were strong enough to compensate for it.
Like a good drunk, I sometimes changed my mind. That meant driving to the next state over, or buying from the tourist winery ($$$), or camping out at a restaurant that could serve on Sunday. It was a deterrent to my drinking, just not as powerful as my cravings.
It did show me the extent of my problem. If I couldn’t make it one day sober in the week, it was a problem. The addiction was in control.
Today that’s not much on my mind. Going sober for 12 days feels great!
We have beautiful weather, I am thinking clear, the only thing I’m drinking is this sparkling water.
Today is another step forward in recovery. Happy Sunday!
12 days sober. On a family vacation and having urges but staying strong! Lounging at the beach and finding peace within myself.
Rob Spencer says
What’s the longest you ever stayed sober? Seems from your posts like you relapse frequently.
Monica Avent says
12 days sober today, I quit on my birthday, because of 1 phone call, I drank a pink of whiskey or more a night, sometimes less, but mostly a pint a night, for over 2 1/2 years.The morning of my birthday I got a phone call from my doctor, I had been two days before for a UTI, I thought she was calling about that. She was not, she told if I didn’t quit drinking and let my liver heal I would basely die, she ask me if I thought I could stop, I told her I had no choice, I have a ten year old son. That was last day I drink any alcohol.
12 days sober today. Urges are gone and I am back to myself. Feels good. I hope I can stay this way. It wasn’t worth the anger and pain to be drunk all the time.
I have been unsuccessfully attempting to stop drinking alcohol for a while. I however was able to remain sober one day which in turn gave me the confidence to do it again. I have now been sober for 12 days straight and I feel very proud.
Today was the toughest because my colleague is a heavy drinker and we had to work long hours to complete a project. I however have remained sober, not even a sip. I am even more encouraged now.
The importance for me is to consciously a strong determination every moment not to drink when I see temptation heading my way.