Rinse Lather Repeat. I know i’ve written a blog with this title before. You’ve been sober for a bit? figure out what you’re doing that works and keep doing that thing. if it’s a mishmash of AA and blogging and reading, then do that. if you start to feel like you’re heading down a slippery slope, then do something soon, early, before you get derailed. i wrote this recently to a team 100 member:
… the slippery slope can escalate quite quickly, don’t take it lightly. in fact, take it heavily … 🙂 blog, call someone, go for a run, go to bed. yell out loud at wolfie. fucking pig anus. no no not this girl, no no no. not me not now.
for me, when i started getting a cold last sunday, i put on my big girl boots and waited. i know that being sick is a gigantic trigger for me. i get woe-is-me-ism and i start to plan to drink. I don’t actually drink, but i start to bargain with myself … “if i feel like this in 7 days i’ll drink then.” Then the time comes and goes and i don’t drink and all is well. But it’s the bargaining that i don’t like, that makes me feel quicksandy.
so this time, i knew what was coming, or i thought i did. taking my own advice, i blogged and emailed and told my husband. i prepared for the day that always arrives in my headcolds where i can’t taste anything, as that seems to be the trigger point.
i didn’t know it, but something had changed. I am in fact on DAY THREE of not being able to taste anything (!). and i’m actually doing fine. Well, fine might be an exaggeration. i’m cranky as hell, i hate my husband, i have a low grade headache, and all i want to do is sleep. So sleep is what i’ve been doing (12 hrs at a time). i’ve been outside, i’ve been on the couch, i’ve been upright and i’ve been downright.
BUT wolfie is quiet. The idea of saying ‘fuck-it let’s drink’ has not surfaced. not once.
i remember reading on someone else’s blog, someone who has much more sober time than me, and she said that something bad had happened (death, catastrophe) and she didn’t even think of drinking. and i remember reading that, and i was like “yeah, I would be thinking about drinking for sure if that happened to me, no matter how sober i was.”
and yet, i didn’t. i haven’t. i’m not. holy shit when did this happen? sometime between my last cold (feb 14) (8 ish months sober) and now (april 21) (almost 10 months). Sometime in the last 2 months i have stopped linking wine as the solution to a dip in energy, a flagging of enthusiasm, a pit of despair.
ha! fuck you wolfie. no really. fuck right off with you.
[on a side note, I’m thinking of having some jewerly made for us, sober jewelry, that says “fuck you wolfie” on it, in very small print, so that only you know it’s there… no, I’m serious.]
so does it get better? the obsessing, the cravings? apparently yes 🙂 does it get easier, thank fucking god, yes. is it possible to get a cold and not think that the world is ending? yes and who knew?
Heidi: I realized that every moment sober is so much better than even the best moments drunk. Because the time I have spent drunk has not been enjoyable. Sure, the first few moments I feel the alcohol run through my veins provides a feeling of calm. I feel relaxed. I feel like I can finally turn my brain off from all the craziness of my life. But those moments quickly disappear. They are followed by shame, guilt, anxiety and fear. Don’t even get me started on the hangover, the headaches, the vomiting and shakes. So yes, the whole “not drinking” thing is going much better than I thought it was going to. [husband] asked me what is different this time and how I have been able to stay sober. Here is my answer: I am able to not drink by doing just that — not drinking. Whatever I need to do to not drink. Every day is different. Sometimes I read. I watch TV. I cruise Facebook on my phone. I call a friend. I play with my kids. I lock myself in the bathroom for a few minutes. I read sober blogs. I email you. I play games on my phone … I take a deep breath. I walk up and down the stairs a few times. I look outside. I close my eyes. I do anything — except for drink. It has worked so far, and I am going to keep doing it.
Team 100 update: 41 members; 2 missing. Welcome to KS, who is on day 1. Sunflower is on day 30 as is Victoria 🙂 Mumscriber is on day 14. Erica is on day 82. Julie is 156. I am 295.