11 Powerful Recovery and Sobriety Memoirs to Inspire You

We would see each other for vacation breaks and long weekends. When we were first dating she would have to be back home by the time the street lights came on. We carried on this long-distance relationship for over five years before we were married during the summer before my third year of medical school. While we were dating, I kept the quantity of my alcohol and most of my substance use a secret from her.

The gray area just kind of becomes a little less. There’s a whole world that is so celebratory and celebrates you finding your truth. It’s a thing where you’ll say, “I’m a month sober,” and people will be like, Congratulations! Our goal is to feature people from a variety of lifestyles to provide more opportunities to connect with our audience.

Sober Story: Céline

None of my roommates, five in a dorm suite, drank or partied like I did. Within a week I was able to find another room with three sophomore roommates who were just like me. Within a short period of time, harassing the fourth roommate with obnoxious merriment, I was able to convince that non-partying roommate to swap rooms. I structured my class schedule so as to not interfere with my alcohol and drug use, incorporating a large break between morning and late afternoon classes in which I could get all my studying done.

  • I think it’s important to be proud of being sober and to share your story.
  • Maybe you enjoyed a successful Dry January, so you’re questioning alcohol’s role in your life.
  • I rationalized that the vomiting might be due to food poisoning.

“Managing the cravings and triggers to drink were the hardest part. That Friday night feeling, week-ends, not being able… A lot of the dogs on Maryland Task Force One are Labradors, but the teams are made up of a range of breeds including German shepherds, golden retrievers, springer spaniels and mixed breeds. Some of these dogs started out as strays or in a shelter — dogs like Pager. Later, as Ledwell is explaining the process, she’s interrupted by enthusiastic barking — a dog has zeroed in on one of several “bark barrels” — big plastic tubes used in search and rescue training.

Sober Story: Olivia

The day I decided that I needed help was when I was in the bathroom and looked in the mirror and asked myself what I’m doing to myself. It was the first time I admitted that I had a problem. I called my mom and told her I needed to go to rehab. It turned out to be the best decision I have ever made. It was able to find myself for the first time. I realized I had to work through everything instead of bottling everything up and try to drink them away.

The most overwhelming feeling is the freedom to live, to have your life back again and not have your disease control it any longer. This is where and when one gets his or her awakening to their higher power as they see it. Last week’s edition of Group Therapy, “AA isn’t the only way to sobriety stories change your relationship to alcohol,” was one of those newsletters. Readers sent us their stories of redemption and relapse, of bottoming out and helping one another to wholeness. These stories reflect the diversity of experience in recovery and the ups and downs of substance use.

Hard Knox Talks: Sober Stories. Real Talk‪.‬

I can walk away from situations now knowing I am able to express myself and not wishing I had the strength to have said or done something. Sometimes I don’t have strength in a moment but I recognize that if I continue to behave the way I had, then nothing’s going to change. And I didn’t stop drinking to act the same way I was when I was drinking.

  • I usually do most desk work now in the early morning or take one day off through the week to get it done.
  • Similarly, Dr. Ed Boyer, a medical toxicologist at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told Time Magazine in 2017 that hangovers are still mysterious to medical professionals.
  • They are dotted around the training site and feature a small opening, just big enough for a dog’s snout.
  • Valley Hope’s blog provides extensive resources and information for loved ones, families and the recovery community.
  • I still have enough fear from my last blackout drunk to keep me from indulging.

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