December 21st Marks My 10 Year Anniversary

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Yesterday was my sobriety birthday. It was 2006 when I gave up. December 21st, 2006 was the last time I drank alcohol. A decade ago. It’s an achievement that I’m proud of, firstly because I never thought I’d make it, secondly I never imagined that I see me change as a person as much as I have.

10 years ago, I was single, with not much of a future. I wallowed in self-pity, blamed everyone else but me and realised that a life of drinking was making me feel depressed. It seemed that things were getting progressively worse, the older I was, more pronounced, especially the hangovers and headaches.

All that changed. Within months I’d got my life on a different path and things have worked out in so many positive ways since, that I count my blessings for giving up drink at that moment.

Though I don’t count the days anymore, (I’m only writing this to show you that it can be done), that it’s worth all the blood, sweat and tears. I’m married now with two young children. It’s wonderful, and I truly believe that it’s been possible because (Carpe Diem), I took the sober path, the path less travelled by and it, it has made all the difference.

So yesterday, December 21st, I raised a glass as I always do and said a silent prayer thanking God for giving me the strength to come through.

Some of you reading this might be thinking of embarking on the same journey. To you, I would say not to hesitate, not to waste a moment, to make the decision and go for it. And in doing so, maybe you will also discover the real you.

Please write your hopes and dreams in the comments box below and if you need inspiration to make the jump just ask for it.

Happy Christmas and New Year to you all.

P.s. Thanks to Lisa Neumann who told me a few years back about this thing called ‘Sobriety Birthdays’ – not every one has a second birthday, it’s good to be part of a community that has!

Author: James

Sharing stories of recovery and strategies to help you keep sober. Visit my blog today - https://stopping-drinking.com/

4 thoughts on “December 21st Marks My 10 Year Anniversary”

  1. Happy anniversary James. For weddings the tenth anniversary is Tin, but I think diamond would be more appropriate for ten years alcohol free. It’s a marvellous achievement.
    Best wishes.
    Steve.

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  2. Happy sober birthday James. So glad you’re still posting on this blog. It was so important to me when I started to walk that path and for that, I am eternally grateful. Happy to stay I’m still on that journey and over 4 years without a sip.

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    1. Hi Keith, great to hear from you and really pleased to hear you’re on the same path still. I’m really glad that my blog helped. I keep posting to it, only because of the positive feedback it gets. So it’s really appreciated to hear your comments.
      :o))

      James

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