I'm in the double digits. That's something. I like mini celebrations, even if it isn't over a drink.
During yesterday's brunch I drink lots of coffee and tea instead of Bloody Marys, screw drivers, white wine or old fashions like everyone else. That resulted in insomnia and less than 5 hours of sleep. BUT if I had been drinking all day and only slept 5 hours, I would have been destroyed, but not today! Just tired, but functional. And I know I'll have a good sleep tonight.
I did some clicking around in some sobriety blogs, looking for some stories similar to my own-any one have any thoughts? I'm not a drinking stay-at-home mom who is isolated and bored and that's what I'm finding for women's stories so far. I'm happily married, 38 and hang out with a crew that is mostly 10 years younger than me because they are fun, social and welcoming. Living as an international teacher is arrested development for sure-there are parties, plans and someone to hang with whenever you want. It's almost like being in college forever and with more money to play. Anyways, I'm looking for resources that more closely parallel my story- a DINK who let the fun go too far. If you don't know the acronym D.I.N.K. : Double Income, No Kids.
In my searching I was led to the podcast The Bubble Hour, which I listened to while making cornbread and nodded along a bit weepy to their stories. I recommend it. I'm following it from the start and they are addressing topics that I'm definitely dealing with now. The one I need to finish is about if and when you should tell people your sober, something I'm very concerned about.
-Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp -Almost Alcoholic by Joseph Nowinski and Robert Doyle -After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood by Jane Middelton-Moz and Lorie Dwinell