July 17, 2020
Hi Greta, thanks for your comment. You absolutely can do this! You need to go long enough alcohol-free to get your natural confidence and sociability back. But you will get there. You end up becoming naturally and authentically socially confident without alcohol when you’ve practised enough.. But it can take a lot longer than 4-6 weeks for some people. Ignore whatever crap your mind tells you when it starts freaking out about the rest of your life sober. You won’t continue being sombre and feeling dull – you will get to the stage where you’re naturally yourself and starting to enjoy social events again. They’re not the same sober as they are with alcohol – but it’s not a better or worse – they’re just different. Keep practising, keep ignoring unhelpful thoughts that float through your mind and keep in touch! :)
I stumbled across your blog today looking for answers regarding my sugar cravings. This topic really caught my attention!! I am 8 days sober (this time). I have been an alcoholic for 20+ years. I quit drinking about twice a year when I get fat and sick. ( I call myself “fat elvis” during these times) Then, when I’m in “Sober Mode” I feel better and lose weight. But I’m so SOMBER that whole month. I have trouble having conversations with people and I mourn the loss of alcohol every day. I simply CAN NOT imagine a life without it!! I want desperately to be that "normal " person that can drink socially and not be left out of all the parties and activities that alcohol is associated with. So, after 4-6 weeks of the struggle….I fall off the wagon again, because I simply cant see living the rest of my life sober. Your post has given me some hope and I have signed up for your bedtime reading. Thank you for being there and helping others that are still struggling.
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