What is Keeping You Sober?Email me your answer in 75 words or less to Liz@soberdoesntsuck.com. Feel free to include any picture you feel comfortable with (if you want). These really help to give some inspiration to site visitors. You can be anonymous or not. It's up to you! Thanks so much.
Erika ~ Love
Sobriety is my chance at love. All I wanted was to be part of a whole. When I drink or drug, I’m only open to destruction and the soul-crushing pain of my insanity. Getting sober didn’t flood me with love, it’s taken many efforts from my sponsor, friends, family, higher power and myself to help me discover and turn over what blocks me from the spiritual sunlight so I can love and be loved.
Liz ~ Laughing
So, I’ve had this theory throughout my 25 years of sobriety and I’ve taken an unofficial poll. Something I’ve seen in almost every person who has stayed sober is a SENSE OF HUMOR. If I look, if I’m willing, there is something to laugh at. Even in my VERY DARKEST MOMENTS the people who love me the most can point out something that can make me smile. Even if it’s the snot running down my face because I’ve been crying so much…
Scott ~ Grace
Grace first and foremost is why I’m sober and breathing clean air today. Now the things I believe that contribute to keeping me clean today go simply like this. First I start the day with a prayer of thanks. I also take medication for my mental health issues which without my doctor and meds I could not maintain sobriety without. I spend most days surrounded by other people who have long term sobriety. I attended a meeting most nights. I have a sponsor who has a sponsor. I work the 12 steps out of the Joe McQ step book and it has changed my life. As far as everyday living, I’ve been blessed to work for a company owned by a gentleman who is in the program and lives a great life. My coworkers are also in this process and working a program. I try not to dwell on my past to much and just focus on the day I’m in at the moment. To be honest with my mental health issues it’s a real struggle to get through most days happy, but I know that for real my worst day in sobriety is still better than my best day using! To go from the bottom I was laying in to the life I have today is truly a blessing and miracle. To me staying sober is the same thing as breathing because without sobriety I have no air I have no heartbeat I have no life. And for sure for this addict sobriety does not suck stay blessed don’t be stressed. And always remember worrying is praying for something bad to happen. Hit your knees hit your chair walk your steps enjoy this ride. May your higher power continue to bless you and thank you so much for this website. Sincerely,lovey
Laura C. ~ A.A.
What has kept me sober since April 28 of 2006 is Alcoholics Anonymous. I thought of so many things but in the end, the richness of the big beautiful life I get to live now is from AA; the program, the steps, sponsorship and the support and love of the fellowship and dear friends on the same path. All the rest is possible when I’m in the middle of AA.
Danielle F. ~ Lots of Stuff
The program of AA including my sponsor, my sponsees, the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve by Twelve, Daily Reflections, meetings, and most of all my God, as I understand him. Prayer has offered me a visceral way to stay in touch with the nebulousness of my God. I attended 90 meetings in 90 days in the beginning, and called my sponsor every day. We started on the Steps immediately, and I did everything I was told to the best of my willingness. 4 meetings a week is my minimum today.
Kate B. ~ Cruisin'
There are many ways to put yourself out there and meet new people in sobriety. Conventions, workshops, online experiences, service work, conferences, just to name a few. I have had the pleasure and gift of experiencing all of the above. My absolute favorite is sober cruises. You meet amazing people, see spectacular places, eat delicious food, dance, attend meetings and make new friends from all over the world!! Now you may be saying…well I can’t afford that! Well, you would be surprised at how reasonable the cruises can be! Go online….check it out….what do you have to lose!!!!
Caroline B. ~ Home Group
One of the key ingredients to my sobriety has been finding a home group that is small, supportive, and solution-oriented. A smaller home group has helped me to nurture my self-confidence and self-esteem as a sober woman. A second ingredient to my sobriety has been taking time every morning to connect with a power greater than myself; sometimes this lasts five minutes, other times fifty minutes; sometimes I meditate; other times I read poetry.
Susan R. ~ Discomfort
I drank to be comfortable. I now use discomfort as a guide to re-evaluate my activities, interactions and relationships. I honor the wisdom of my body, so I pay attention and take action to regain comfort. I don’t continue activities or relationships that create discomfort. Period. I show myself I am worthy of attention, respect, care, and am not dependent on others to give it to me; I give it to myself and gain serenity.