Why writing is so powerful

Saturday 2 Aug, 2014, 9:27am by Mrs D 9 comments

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

9 comments

  1. Thank you Mrs D and all the folks at Living Sober for creating this community. It wasn’t around when I first got sober… I’m very glad it is now! It took me a few months to put down the booze the first time including a trip to rehab and being separated from my gorgeous girls and husband. I ask myself ‘why’ the insanity of deciding after 2 1/2 yrs totally free and sober – happy as anything, authentic me, guilt-free and able to cope with grace with the deaths of both my parents – I decided to experiment with being a moderate drinker? “I’m not an alcoholic, I just got dependant after years of heavy drinking”. In the words of our best booze sponsor – yeah right!! So, after 2 years out in the field I can safely say I am an alcoholic. It crept back in slowly but surely and here I am again. Thankfully this time I know the happiness and freedom that is on the other side. I know I can decide not to drink today and that’s in fact all I need to do. And I know that honesty and writing last time helped me immensely and I even got to help other people which gave me untold strength and confidence in my own sobriety. So… lovely people. I look forward to sharing and laughing and crying and raging with you!

    xx

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    1. I really needed to read your post today @nomoreforme
      I was at 490 something days and I also suddenly got this idea that I could be a moderate drinker !?! Oh no what put that thought in my mind I don’t know!!
      So today after a full bottle of wine last night I feel groggy irritated with my kids just want to have a nap wishing the day was over …….. This is not where I want to be especially as I felt the freedom I felt how good it was to be sober and was so so proud and relieved to say I don’t drink !!

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  2. I’m looking forward to having Sober Hindsight, getting thru a rough patch sober, you spoke about that Mrs D on the bubble hour and it really resonated with me. I’m not there…but your post here brings it home how much writing and journaling is so powerful in a lonely journey at the beginning for me.

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    1. Hello, thought I’d give it a go – this is my first post. Seems like an interesting site , that might help me in continuing on my sober journey .

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  3. I have always kept a journal for years. It has/is a release. They are all stacked away – full of very raw emotions. Writing for me is the key. Love the post.

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  4. I think writing has been the key for me. I will keep my blog going, as I like the diary feel of it. But I love the community feeling of here – the little “spurts” of writing I can have. xx

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  5. Yup its all about managing feelings and emotions rather than bottling them up and suppressing them with booze. It’s HARD AS and hurts and so tough but so rewarding getting them out and just feeling emotions. Plus its not as hard as the guilt that comes from a hangover.

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  6. I think being able to express yourself, verbally or in written form without the fear of being judged helps immensely. Putting your thoughts down bluntly can also help you look objectively at yourself. Well that is what I have found with myself anyway. Writing how I am feeling has become a powerful tool to my recovery, and even admitting I had a problem.

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