Understanding Alcoholism Recovery

Are you wondering what it’s like to recover from alcoholism? This is actually a very important question that many alcoholics often wonder as they mentally begin to prepare for a life that does not revolve around drinking. So I’ll do my best to share many of my own personal experiences with you so that you can see how the life of a sober alcoholic evolves as time goes by. In case you’re wondering, I have been completely sober without any slip ups for nearly 6 years now. So I definitely have some real insight regarding this particular topic.

The first year of recovery from my alcohol addiction was very difficult for me at certain times. I did something quite rare for an alcoholic to do, and I actually quit drinking on my own without entering into any type of treatment facility or going to any type of 12 step program. I don’t know whether it was the wrong thing to do or the right thing to do, but I do know that it’s what I did and so far it’s been working for me. I had a 20 year alcohol addiction prior to quitting, so it’s not like I was barely a drinker before I decided to quit cold turkey all on my own.

Understanding Alcoholism Recovery

But like I already said, the first year was very difficult. I was a very angry person throughout the entire year for the most part, and I often snapped at people and really let my temper get the best of me. I gained quite a bit of weight because I started eating a lot of junk food after I gave up alcohol, but I eventually dropped the weight so it wasn’t a permanent negative thing. I gained it all back and then some after I quit smoking three years later, but that’s a different article for another day.

Life was very different for me when I first quit drinking as well. I had lots of friends and acquaintances that I used to see all the time, and then out of nowhere I just removed myself from that world entirely. Lots of people would try and contact me and convince me to go out to bars and clubs and things like that. I had to decline everybody and I really isolated myself and pretty much cut myself off from all my friends except for two of them.

This is the mistake that I believe I made, because if I went to AA meetings or some type of group setting with sober people I would not have been so isolated and lonely when I first quit drinking. But like I said, this is my experience and this is what I did so I can’t exactly change it now.

So that’s basically the first year. It gets a lot easier after that, and once you start getting yourself back into life again you aren’t going to think about drinking all that much. So if you are considering quitting drinking right now, I highly recommend that you do because your life will get so much better in the end. There are some obvious benefits such as saving money and no more alcohol related troubles and even legal troubles to have to worry about.

Then there are some great benefits with relationships and your occupation, for you have eradicated the unpredictability that alcohol cost you, and because of this, you will likely become that dependable person you were before you went down the road of drinking, which will likely open up some nice opportunities in these areas for you.

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