I quit drinking alcohol in November 2011. What I’ve learned is that there is no one right way to approach sobriety. People have different reasons for drinking and different reasons for quitting, and there’s usually a lot more trouble brewing underneath the surface than simply the booze itself.
When I first started this website, the main purpose was to write about sobriety. I’ve spent the past five years addressing the stigma of alcoholism by being upfront and honest about it, with myself and with those around me. I’ve also challenged my own assumptions about what it means to be a recovering alcoholic, and I encourage everyone to do the same. Having recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, my writing has now evolved to address mental health as well, which I believe has everything to do with sobriety and recovery.
Readers, I think a lot about who you are and what reasons you might have for reading this. I can’t give you any answers about how to get or stay sober. The way that it happened for me is and will continue to be a bit of a mystery. I’m also not a qualified professional who can tell you how to properly manage your mental illness, if you have one. But I want to share my insights with you, which can be at times sad, frustrating, hopefully inspiring (?!), and sometimes just really fucking funny.
A few things about me:
- I curse, a lot. I’m sorry if this offends you.
- I didn’t go to rehab or A.A. I attended some meetings, and I would never reject an opportunity to go and listen. But it wasn’t for me. And I think there may be a lot of us out there who feel the same.
- I suffer from depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
There may be times when my posts have nothing to do with sobriety or mental health, I simply feel like sharing.
This site is, and always will be, a work in progress. Thanks for visiting.