Shortly after midnight last night, this popped up on my phone:
Going alcohol free is still absolutely one of the best decisions I have ever made.
My second year of sobriety has been a been a beautiful one for sure, with adventures great and small.
I’ve been on some wonderful road trips:
And there have been so many other fun shows and events and activities as well:
There has also been some really, ungodly HARD:
Going through the worst of the CRPS and fighting to be able to walk again certainly makes me appreciate being able to get around even more.
Celebrating two years of sobriety today, even with the difficulties of my illness – and my anxiety disorder (which I’ve had to face – and thankfully have my Henry to help me with!), I am SO incredibly grateful to be present and alive and ready to experience more adventures and to go and do and enjoy things as I can. I don’t want to miss out on anything.
So, here’s to year three: lots more books and writing and experiences and trips and outings with loved ones and new sights and new recipes and shows and places to go and things to do.
I am so grateful for it all. Thanks be to God.
Be well, everybody.
Grace and Blessings.
P.S. If you are struggling with alcohol or substance abuse, help is available to you:
https://www.aa.org/ – Alcoholics Anonymous, a traditional 12 step program
https://www.na.org/ – Narcotics Anonymous, a traditional 12 step program
https://al-anon.org/ – a great resource for family members of those suffering from addiction
https://www.celebraterecovery.com/index.php – Celebrate Recovery, a faith based 12 step program
http://www.hipsobriety.com/ – Hip Sobriety. This helped me tremendously. There is so much information. Holly is real and down to earth and her approach just worked for me. Everyone is different. Find what works for you.
There is an amazing community on Instagram. Some awesome accounts to get started:
holly (formerly Hip Sobriety)
And I am: theautoimmunehippie
And search hashtags: #sherecovers #wedorecover #wearetheluckiest #recoveroutloud #teetotaler #soberlife #soberliving #alcoholfree
As always, if you are in crisis, PLEASE present to your nearest emergency room. They WILL help you, regardless of your insurance status or anything else. Don’t wait.