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Eternally Grateful for Chance to Change

I’m eternally grateful for my experience and it is because of this I now find myself charting a new course and in the process managing to turn my life around. I never imagined that this would be the outcome, but it has been. I found books in the last 6 months I wish I’d found years before. Coupled with some coaching I received through work, I’ve had a very good opportunity to explore every part of my life to date and work out how I would have done things differently. The books I found helped me so much this far, I talked about in my last post. Go read it, if you haven’t already and let me know in the comments what you think of them if you go on and buy them.

At the time, when I was drinking I had no idea that this little pot of gold was there waiting for me. Because I always drank at parties I found that ‘I always did what I’d always done, so I always got, what I’d always got’. Now I can go to a party, dance (because I learned a new skill – Salsa) and enjoy myself in ways I never thought I could before.

Those of you reading this blog as you start out on your own sobriety journey are probably blissfully unaware what benefits are waiting once you find yourself well and truly on your journey. The best thing is, if you’ve decided to give up drinking you are already on this trip. You will change your life no matter what, because to be successful you will need to change. In changing you will find many new things and you’ll look back and wonder why you didn’t do this earlier.

This is the special part that keeps me going, unsure but excited about what the future may still have in store for me. My experiences before, during and after giving up drinking and the process of change has shown me that more or less anything is possible. And it is for this reason that I am eternally grateful.

Comments

  1. Hi James,
    Congratulations on all your success both as an individual and the help you seem to be giving so many people! I haven’t given up alcohol yet although I have been aware of my inability to moderate for all of my twenties and the first half of my thirties. My cycle is similar to how you described yours. A couple of days recovery, a couple of moderate nights and a big night or two before the self loathing hits again. My plan right now is to use some of your tips for the next couple of months. Drink water, stay out of rounds, eat meals before I go out and try to limit my time with the hardcore drinkers in my life. Also document the ups and downs. Once I get through three upcoming events including my wedding I’d like to try fully abstaining, as it is most likely the only real answer for me to not ending up where I’m presently heading… Missing out on the best in life.
    I have a question: Did you know it’d be a great life improvement going in? I already know it will, it’s a question of making it happen.

    • Hi mark, I had no idea the extent of how much a change of life giving up binge drinking would be for me. My only regret was that I didn’t do it 10 years before, but I’m glad I did it nevertheless. I’ve done so many things since that I might not have done. I got married sober and it was the best wedding I’ve ever attended :o)), it really has made the difference.

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