Sometime during the month of September 2005, I almost crawled my way into an AA meeting.
I am 5’11, and at that point I weighed just 9 stone. I was extremely unwell, although I wasn’t aware of it at the time. My own drinking story happened so slowly that I didn’t even know I had a problem. At the time, it felt as though the drinking had become the only thing holding me together.
The only thing I remember from that night was a member, who had been a long time sober, saying 72 hours is the most sober you can be. After that, it all comes down to relearning. Of course, back then I had no idea what he was talking about. Today, I know exactly what he meant.
People who drink like I did forget how to interact with the world after doing it for so long. I drank for more than 20 years, so I had to relearn how to live my life without alcohol. Luckily for me, I found a few people who had experienced similar journeys before me. They told and showed me how to stay sober one day at a time.
On 4th January 2019, I reached 13 years sober. It is the best thing I ever did.