Outwardly, I was vivacious and self-confident, but inside I felt unworthy and hollow as my behaviors blanketed my soul in a shame I fought to ignore. My mother isn’t an alcoholic, but she is in recovery. She began attending 12-step meetings around the time I did, but for different reasons.
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The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober: Discovering a Happy, Healthy, Wealthy Alcohol-Free Life by Catherine Gray
Mixed with just the right amount of curiosity and boredom, this quickly led to binge drinking and using harder drugs. By the time I was 21, I was addicted to alcohol and cocaine. I’ve been sober for over five years now, and one of the secrets to my success is that I’ve spent a lot of time listening to and reading the stories of my fellow alcoholics in recovery.
She then began to question me about any other lies I told in the past. I hesitated for a while, not wanting to hurt her any more. But her persistence made me remember my resolve of the previous day — rigorous honesty. After completing residency, I found a private practice opportunity that seemed like a good fit for me. I started a pain practice as part of this small anesthesia group and became quite successful in the medical community. I did become friendly with two non-physician coworkers, and we began getting together for martinis and cigars on a frequent basis.
Quotes to help with addiction recovery
I had always thought that taking a drug, whether recreational or prescribed, would be cheating. I had vowed to never artificially alter my mental state, to never hide from my emotions or problems inspirational stories of sobriety again. But to my huge surprise, a wave of relief washed over me, and I said yes. Where I grew up, men didn’t discuss problems; they deflected and joked and drowned them in alcohol.