Well, it’s officially turning into autumn up here in the Northern US, and I’m on day 430 of my sobriety. The Fall semester is in full swing and I’m entering my third week (third, already?!) of my practicum experience. I’m working at a drug & alcohol treatment facility for low-income clients, many of whom are […]Read more "Reaching the Apex"
So, here’s the photo of my little pin cushion baby. He’s 9 weeks old, and is starting to get more comfortable with me, as I am with him. It took me a few days to feel confident handling him when he got pokey and huffy, but we’re getting used to each other day by day—I […]Read more "Day 426 Sober: mini check-in"
So,it’s day 418 sober for me. More and more every day, it’s getting to the point where I hardly ever think about counting the days, or even the months, since I got sober. Every now and then I get curious and open up the counter app on my phone and get a nice surprise, but […]Read more "418 Days Sober – But Who’s Counting?"
Early sobriety is an emotionally, physically and mentally exhausting time for most people who give up drugs or alcohol. Even with the occasional burst of energy or positive feelings, enduring the roller coaster that is day 1 to day 90 is—to put it lightly—really freaking hard. Not only do you have to endure the initial […]Read more "Sobriety is Impressive. Impress yourself."
Lately, I’ve been getting these little bursts of excitement deep in my chest that usually last a minute or less. It swells up around my lungs and heart and sends a nice warm glow up my back to my mind. It gives me a feeling of peace and hopefulness, despite many of my days being […]Read more "Little bursts of hope"
When I got sober, I had to re-learn what it meant to be good to myself, to be kind to myself, and to choose my own health and happiness over others’ when necessary. If there’s one theme that has persisted across my relationships with others, especially over the last decade or so, it has been […]Read more "I Choose Me"
Today, a friend who I know through my boyfriend messaged me on Facebook. He wrote, “Hey, Em, would it be okay if I asked you a few questions about your sobriety/sobriety in general?” This is a friend who I don’t know terribly well, but who has been very kind to me over the past 1.5+ […]Read more "“Is it OK if I ask you about sobriety?”"