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I have known for sometime I need to stop drinking, but I have really been concerned about how it might affect my career. I work at a fast growing software company, and we have really important customers and clients. I am not sure how to socialize or take them to dinner and have have a good time if I am not drinking.
If you ask anyone who has maintained long-term recovery, they will tell you it takes more than just quitting and going to meetings. It takes a tool-box full of tools to support your life and help you manage the things that make you want to drink or use in the first place. And, it takes action. You can’t just think or read yourself sober.
I've been sober for 413 days.
I always considered myself as more of a lush than an alcoholic, but 2019 proved to me otherwise. I, like so many other alcoholics and addicts found myself at the strange crossroads of wishing I was dead but being too chicken to do that to myself, and desperately wanting to find a new way and have a new life.
Often when we talk about the stigma people with substance use disorders face, we are talking about the stigma of others. This is a big deal. The opinions of coworkers, doctors, police, and even lawmakers directly affect people’s ability to get the help and support they need. All too often, problems with substance use are seen as flaws of character, weakness, and even as criminal. This isn’t the case, and medical evidence supports this. It is really hard to change other people’s beliefs.
Beyond the immediate impacts on health and economic security, COVID-19 is threatening our mental health. As we move towards 2021 with the prospects of (hopefully) soon being out of this pandemic with new vaccines on the horizon, the stress, uncertainty, and isolation are not over yet. Stress isn’t something we only experience in the moment. It can be cumulative. And, the longer we experience it, the longer it’s effects can linger.
There is, at least in the United States, a stigma associated with sobriety. In many ways it is more accepted in the workplace to be heavy binge drinker than someone who chooses a life of sobriety.
People easily laugh off or empathize with hangovers like a rite of passage, but seemed shocked when they learn you don't drink.
There are a myriad of reasons someone may choose to be sober. They may choose to be sober for health reasons, because of their religion, an addiction, or simply because they do not want an altered state of consciousness.