My Personal Path to Maintaining Sobriety from Alcohol

I want to share with you the personal journey I've been on to maintain sobriety from alcohol. This goes beyond routine actions; it's about a journey of self-discovery, education, and strength.

1. Embracing AA Meetings Virtually

My journey began with embracing Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings. In the digital age, virtual meetings have been a godsend, especially when starting out. They offered me a safe, accessible platform to connect with others facing similar struggles. You can find these meetings easily; a good place to start is NY Intergroup’s online meeting list.

2. The Power of Therapy

Therapy has been a cornerstone in my journey. It’s not just about showing up; it’s about being honest about why you’re there. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, past substance use, or personal relationships, confronting these issues head-on is key. It’s about digging deep and facing your truths, no matter how uncomfortable.

3. Physical Activity as a Refuge

I discovered the power of physical activity – running, walking, biking, tennis, golf, you name it. It’s not just exercise; it’s a form of meditation, a way to distract and channel my energy positively. Even a 15-minute walk can shift your mindset. It’s about doing something beneficial for your body and mind.

4. The Placebo Effect

Don’t underestimate the placebo effect. For me, substituting alcohol with non-alcoholic (NA) beverages like Loverboy Non-Alc Bubly, NA beers, or mocktails has been a game-changer. These aren’t just substitutes; they’re symbols of my commitment. And remember, it’s okay to enjoy these in social settings. They can be your allies in this journey.

5. Brutal Honesty

This is perhaps the most crucial aspect – brutal honesty. If you think you have a problem, you probably do. But acknowledging it is just the beginning. It’s about sharing your journey and thoughts with those close to you – friends, family, and those who can support you. It’s about building a community around your new chapter.

6. Living One Day at a Time

Finally, the mantra that keeps me grounded: One day at a time. It’s not about never drinking again; it’s about not drinking today. Remind yourself of the good – the roof over your head, the food on your table, the opportunity to live a fruitful life.

This journey hasn’t been easy, but it’s been worth every step. If my story resonates with you, know that you’re not alone. We’re in this together, one day at a time.

Stay strong,

-Carl Radke