…not in my world anyway, not anymore. I’m hurtling towards the 2-year marker, and I’ve reached a point where any residual habits or cravings have completely dried up. This is one of the reasons that my blogs have been getting less frequent – I’m just running out of things to say.
The days of restless, fidgety weekends spent awkwardly thinking about how much I miss getting drunk are GONE, and the remaining void has been filled with new habits and experiences. In the last few weeks I’ve gotten deeper and deeper into the writing of my first ever book (but I’m still only 15,000 words in – it’s a long bastard process), I’ve run another half-marathon, I’ve dined on mystery food in a pitch-black London restaurant (Dans Le Noir – check it out), I’ve done indoor skydiving, and I’ve been lucky enough to see 2 of my favourite classic films at the cinema – Amelie, and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. It’s been an awesome few weeks doing all of this cool stuff, and sharing experiences with my lovely fiancee, and the best part is that this is now normal life. We don’t drink, so we spend our money doing cool stuff. Hangovers are replaced with early mornings with mates at the climbing wall, messy drunken evenings are replaced with dinner out and a cool movie.
The reason I’m writing about this today isn’t to brag because I think my life’s amazing and waaaay better than yours, but rather I want to show anyone who’s currently struggling with booze addiction that things do get better, and living life sober does get easier. In fact, there comes a point where things cross-over, and you become MORE of a person than you were before the booze took hold. You come out of the other end of the experience as version 2.0 – because the new you has an improved understanding of yourself and your limits. You go in as Street Fighter 2, but you come out as Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting.
– 4 more playable characters
– New costume colours
– New special moves
What’s not to love, bitches?
There are some fantastic online communities, especially on Facebook, that are aimed at supporting and helping people with alcohol struggles. I’ve sat and watched the same people frustratingly posting day after day about how they are back at day 1 again, but despite these struggles they keep trying, they refuse to give in and be a slave to a drug, and eventually the frustrations change to positives as they get their first week, then month, then year. It’s amazing to see, and I remember that struggle all too well. There’s a golden rule that anyone wanting to make a positive change has to remember: Moderation doesn’t work. Trust me, I spent 5+ years trying it, and so did all the other teetotalers.
Today’s blog post is for all those people still struggling along. Keep the faith, and eventually you’ll reach 2 years sober, and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
And then you, too, can go about parping your horn and thinking you’re better than everyone else. It’s fucking great 🙂