One of the best new ways to get information is through a podcasts. For years people have used audiobooks to help them quit drinking, but now stop drinking podcasts take this idea to the next level. We are sharing some episodes of the Alcoholic Ominous Podcast in hopes you will enjoy and learn from this series.
The host has documented their sobriety over the course of many episodes. We hope listening to their thoughts and feelings will help you related to others that you wouldn’t normally get to hear from. If you enjoy this program, leave a review, comment or like.
“Failing to Plan, is Planning to Fail” is an old saying that I once saw on a poster. At the time I thought it was a dumb expression and didn’t give it much thought. After a few failures at giving up alcohol, I realized it had more truth than I could have imagined. A plan cannot guarantee success, but they are often what separates an amateur from a professional.
I won’t get too deep on this one, but I will stress its importance. This is the step that comes before anything else because sobriety isn’t something that can be forced on you. There’s a reason that rehab clinics won’t take people against their will, and it’s the same reason that drugs and alcohol make their way into prisons. It’s near impossible to quit drinking if you don’t want to.
Even if you weren’t trying to stop drinking alcohol, 2020 has been rough one. Lockdowns were able to flatten the curve of the pandemic, but isolation has it’s own toll on mental health. Loneliness compounds the effects of alcoholism and can be a catalyst for relapse. To help stay alcohol free, we should consider the benefits of being alone before we’re forced back in to a state of isolation.
Drinking alcohol is a crutch that’s popular around the world. Dealing with the stress of modern life is usually all we need to crack open a bottle. In the current state of heightened anxiety, stress and uncertainty I’ve been seeing a lot of reference to “numbing the pain” or “drinking away the problems” as a socially acceptable way to cope with these trying times.
“F**K your feelings” is something I’ve heard more than once in self-help circles. It’s mostly followed by some psych-up talk about how feeling sorry for yourself is what’s holding you back. That by allowing yourself to be vulnerable, you’re making yourself a victim. Victims, by some definitions are losers, and losers never get what they want. The old you is a loser, the new you is a winner.
No one likes being hungover, and if you have made it this far, congrats on 6 mornings with no hangovers! If you’re anything like me, you’re awake 2-3 hours before you’d normally get up. So what do you do with this time??
Practically speaking Sober October should be a simple challenge. It’s usually harder to do something than to do nothing. Running a marathon takes energy and training, not running a marathon is the default. Every time we drink we choose to do so, and yet it feels like these decisions have already been made for us.
Many people call the choice to stop drinking and doing drugs “Recovery”. This is a powerful mind-set to get in when quitting. It takes your goal, and turns it from a chore to an active task in healing yourself.
In practice, you can stop eating French Fries for the rest of your life and still not be happy with your body. Just as you can stop drinking alcohol and still be unhappy with your life. It’s not just about the activity of drinking alcohol and doing drugs, it’s about the harm that it causes and changing your life in a way that repairs yourself from top to bottom, inside and out. Continue reading “Where are you in your journey?”