Guest Post by Steve G.
September 1st 2016
6 Months sober.
When I started this diary, in my very first post I had set the date of September 1st as my first major milestone, this is because the longest I had ever gone without alcohol before was one week short of six months. That was a couple of years ago, back in the times when I used to quit with the saying “I’ll just see how it goes.” and of course, in the long run I failed, just like the other times when I quit with the same outlook. I found an excuse to start again, and convinced myself that my reason was valid, and surprise surprise, a couple of weeks later I was back to drinking every night and wanting to quit again
Well, September 1st is here, six whole months without alcohol, that is the longest I have ever gone without drinking since I was a teenager. 47 years of being a drinker are now just history, I know without doubt that I will never return to being a drinker, never drink alcohol again, never go back to my old way of life.
During the last six months I have celebrated my birthday, been on two holidays, given my daughter away on her wedding day, attended barbecues, been to pubs and restaurants, and I have enjoyed every single one of those occasions without either wanting, or needing, to drink any alcohol. I never needed it in the past either, but I just didn’t know it then.
When I quit drinking this time I had decided weeks before I actually quit that this time it would be permanent, I would not allow failure to be an option this time. I have learned enough about myself concerning alcohol that I either drink every night, or not at all, so in the end the options open to me were a simple choice, stay as I was (which I was not happy with) or quit drinking altogether and change my lifestyle to a better one.
I do not in any way regret my decision to become a non-drinker, I feel as though it is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.
I feel much healthier in many ways, physically, emotionally, psychologically.
Financially too, but that was never really a deciding factor.
I now tend to live, and view my life with a more positive attitude. I used to worry about everything and anything, but now tend to deal with problems that arise with more confidence.
I think that just about every area of my life has improved since I quit drinking alcohol, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t think of one single thing that has been made worse by my decision to quit.
I feel very proud of my achievement, and much happier with the way I am now. A different person than I was, someone who I like better, and live with easier.
I will not be setting myself any more timeline targets, I have achieved what I set out to achieve, I have become a non-drinker, and I know that I shall remain a non-drinker for the rest of my life, and that makes any further targets unnecessary.
I do not say this with any arrogance or complacency, but with the confidence of knowing that this is the way I prefer my life to be.
I will be keeping in touch with the blog though, posting anything that comes to mind , and also to communicate with others who are making the same journey, and to offer any help or inspiration if I can, or just simply to discuss the subject in general.
I would like to say thank you to James for kindly allowing me to use his blog to post my diary on, it has definitely made the early stages of my journey easier. And also for the help and inspiration from himself and others along the way.
My very best wishes to all.