One of the things that is so hard about being addicted to alcohol is that much of the angst is internal. I had a lot of twisted beliefs, secret compulsions, and miserable thoughts that had been swirling around in my head.
When I gave up alcohol I started blogging, and by blogging I was getting these miserable thoughts out. They travelled out of my brain, down my arms, through my fingertips and onto the keyboard. It was incredibly powerful and freeing. I would type a post and my own words would stay with me all day.. and I’d find myself in the late evening or early morning planning my next post.
Everything about the blogging process – planning, writing, reflecting – helped immensely. And because the blog was anonymous and hidden (I thought) I was brutally honest with myself. I didn’t need to filter my thoughts for an audience or present any image of myself that wasn’t the truth.
With this site – Living Sober – you can use your profile page as a blog of sorts. Write out your thoughts. Write out your hopes & struggles. Get it out. Get it all out.
I think at the core of any recovery programme or specific path to sobriety is the basic fact that the addict has to do it for themselves. We can get wonderful outside help, use tried and true methods , gain ideas from fellow addicts and support from experts – all manner of wonderful help – but at the end of the day the addict has to want to change otherwise the booze will eventually find it’s way in again. Blogging & writing to yourself cuts to the heart of that because it is self-driven – just you talking to yourself.
And in a site like this you have instant community! Lovely, likeminded, non-judgemental people like you. Look around and comment to other people and share your ideas, tips and tricks.
Just get it out.
Love, Mrs D xxx