Advice On Giving Up Alcohol....
* Something happened in my youth that I had never suspected to affect myself as a young adult, but after my enrollment in the Navy and my new husband also The navy and I moved into his family home, near my childhood home, I fell pregnant, then suddenly fell into a deep pit of the Details pressure. All those who knew it blamed the hormones of pregnancy, and when it continued and worsened after birth, they said it was simply postpartum depression.
* Alcohol kills more than 240 people each day. That being said, it's scary to leave something you're addicted to, and it can be ridiculously difficult, especially with alcohol. Stopping smoking is not even the hardest part. It's not even what happens to you when you leave. The most difficult part of the journey to sobriety is the sobriety attempt in the first place. Yet people can and recover from alcoholism, perhaps more often than you think.
* Abandoning alcohol is a small change that can be achieved for some people, making it easier to reduce calories and lose weight. The exact amount of weight loss that eliminates alcoholic beverages will result - and how quickly - will depend on a number of factors, including your overall dietary intake and how much you exercise.
* I just want to say thank you for sharing. You have formulated so many things that I have thought or felt so beautifully. Thank you for your honesty and your ability to be counter-cultural in some way. We forget so often that obedience to God means freedom. Yes, that's exactly how Alcoholics Anonymous works. Sharing the way you have, from person to person, face to face, that's what allowed me to stay sober for more than 27 years.
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* My understanding of the need for vulnerability in relationships has grown because now there is nothing to take away the edge. I can not have a relationship with God if I do not want to open up and be vulnerable and honest with me. It's hard to do when you have washed the edges of everything. Thank you for this post. An excellent way to say it, Christy - thank you! And you are right. You do not realize how much lighter you are without this blur.
* You can set goals to see how your alcohol consumption fits those goals over a period of time. I Am Sober is a companion app that follows your sobriety. It allows you to track the hours, minutes and seconds that you have been sober and the total number of days you have been without alcohol. Daily notifications allow you to focus on the recovery path, and special notifications alert you when you have reached a key step.
* I wonder if my experience here is a grace that was given to me once I came out of trust, once I said yes to God's invitation, I was welcomed with kindness. I was ready to fight to quit I was not prepared for how I would feel good in my body, in my soul and in my mind. It looked exactly like a weight. I was surprised to see how much I began to feel in my soul. I thought, "Do I want wine tonight?" And I always said, "No, I'm a non-drinker. Drinking is not what I am.
* I greatly appreciate your sensitivity to the community of recovery. And yes, there may be some freedom, but is it a good idea? A question that is worth asking - and God. What a loving thing to do in solidarity with your son, Ron - who blessed me. Wow, you write exquisitely. I am totally in touch with what you have written. I stopped drinking more than a year ago, and I had many of the same excuses, reasons and justifications.
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