Day 7: A Week!

Seven days without drinking. Tomorrow morning is the start of Week 2. I’m pretty sure that’s the longest I’ve ever gone without a drink–and I’m pretty proud of that. Thanks so much for all of your support.

Looking back I think I can characterize this week as “detox” more than anything else. The thought of drinking or not drinking was always at the forefront of my mind. When I was triggered it was painful. When I wasn’t triggered, I was still thinking about the drink in one way or another. But I made it through, and that’s what counts.

As I start my second week my hope is to work toward building new opportunities for growth and reflection. To be honest, when I stopped drinking I naïvely thought that I would automatically become more balanced, more introspective, and more appreciative of life. Like a switch would flip after the last of the booze left my body, and in some way I would become–hmm–more enlightened. But if this past week has shown me anything it’s that I need to be patient and vigilant. Self-realization will take a lot of time and a lot work.

Susan, a fellow sobernik, recommended that I ought to find a local Meeting this evening. (Check out her great blog: http://sswl3.wordpress.com). She thought that perhaps I needed a bit of real human fellowship, and she was right. I won’t say too much about the Meeting other than the fact that I heard the beautiful and painful (but mostly beautiful) stories of four people, all of whom have been sober for more than 20 years, and one of whom has been sober for 40 years. They’ve all known each other for 20+ years as well, so their stories of sobriety were incredibly intertwined. They all met at AA, and they’re all still connected. It was incredible, really. Their stories were just what I needed to hear tonight. I’m glad I went.

Art: Evening, by Caspar David Friedrich

 

11 thoughts on “Day 7: A Week!

  1. Congrats on the 7 days, yes you will need to be patient. AA meetings is great if you got any in your area.

    I’ve been sober for 89 days today, unfortunately no AA meetings in my area, thus I rely a lot on social media interaction, twitter and blogging, to be honest it helps!

    I also learned that a journey to a life sober requires more than just staying away from alcohol, I needed to change my way of living aswell, alcohol affected so many areas of my life negatively that on a daily basis one realise that I need to work on other areas,( relationships, moods, eating habits, etc ) aswell.

    Enjoy the journey, it really is worth all the effort!!!!!!

  2. Congrats on the week, each week will be an evolution and the introspection will come, no doubt. It is a period of rapid change. It can take up to ten days for the body to be completely cleaned of alcohol, so you are now a “clean slate”. And good luck with the AA – it’s part of my plan of attack also. Cheers Paul

  3. So glad you liked the meeting, Dag. Congratulations on your first big milestone! I just posted on my blog a page called “Stages of Abstinence” that may give you a little information about what to expect along the road. (It also was posted on Letting Go a few weeks back, so you may have seen it there.) I found it reassuring that some of the things I was feeling were expected and would pass.

    Thanks for the nice mention!

  4. One week down is an amazing achievement. Every day’s a new day now that you’re breaking new ground as the sober days add up. Congratulations, you’re on a great path 🙂

  5. “To be honest, when I stopped drinking I naively thought that I would automatically become more balanced, more introspective, and more appreciative of life.” ME TOO!!!!!!!!!! Boy was I in for it. So inspired by your blog, truly truly truly. Keep on man. Great you found a meeting. Do the other stuff now.

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