When I wrote my first sobriety book, it was 2011. I had just been “put through the wringer” by my alcoholism. When I was finally able to get sober, I felt like I came out of a dark tunnel after years of being lost. I was finally able to stay sober and sane. Finally, the despair, confusion, and frightening events were over!
Unfortunately, when you’re an alcoholic, nothing is ever really over. You don’t just find sobriety and then “get over it”. It’s something you have to constantly work on.
For me, the danger of relapse lurks around every corner. Alcohol is always going to be there, readily available. I can’t escape it or hide from it. It’s sold at convenience stores, grocery stores, sporting events, concerts, and more. I even recently saw a bar at the local shopping mall, in the food court. I had never seen that before. Alcohol is always there, and it’s not going anywhere. I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but I soon realized that I needed to coexist, or I’d cease to exist.
Relapse, I realized, was a very real threat to my sobriety. This book contains a few of the lessons I’ve learned in the past four years. I will be speaking about issues that I encountered, what I did to solve those issues, and what has changed since I’ve become sober for the long-term. There is also a Q&A section at the end with 20 of the questions I’m most frequently asked, and the answers I have for those questions.
I share these experiences with the hope to help others avoid some of the mistakes I made, and to aid in your long-term sobriety.
I wish you the best on your path to sobriety,