I like to listen to the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin. It’s a show that mostly offers ways to know yourselves better in order to successfully make positive and healthy habit changes. I have taken on many of the tips she suggests and feel I have a better grasp on what works for me.
One quote she frequently uses is, “It’s a secret of adulthood: [wise insight].” I think it serves well to appropriate this to not drinking.
It’s a secret of sobriety:
how empowering it feels
waking up without anxiety and regret about last night
it’s a foundation for more and more healthy decisions
your digestive track will feel so much better
your emotion state stablizes
you feel mentally sharp
its changes how you see the whole world
its fuck hard to do even with all the stacked positives
you sleep better and feel more rested
you have more patience and capacity
you see how alcohol affects others
you will so proud just controlling your own drinking
-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