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ericaleehaywood. looking at this, it’s hard to believe that girl on the left is me. it’

looking at this, it’s hard to believe that girl on the left is me. it’s hard to believe i thought my lifestyle was normal. i drank to blackout. if i didn’t blackout, it was a waste of money. i had no shame either. i would just get sloppy hammered, undoubtedly make an ass of myself night after night at whichever bar was my blackout spot of choice, then i would just come back the next day like nothing ever happened. i lived this life of self destruction for 14 years. i would be so hungover going into work at 9pm, i would be chugging pedialyte during my shift. then as soon as my shift was over and i felt normal again, off to the after hours bar i would go, to start the downward spiral once again. it was a life with no sense of reality. a life of sheer selfishness with no regard for anyone but myself. but, as much as looking at the past makes me cringe, it also makes me smile. i created hell on earth for myself for so many years, but without that life lesson, i wouldn’t be the person i am today.. which is a person i can finally say i’m growing to love. i’m finding out things about myself and life that alcohol robbed me from for so long. i’ve grown so much more patient and understanding, and i’ve learned how to actually deal with life’s struggles and issues rather than just trying to drink them away. it’s a daily learning experience. it’s not easy, and it’s sometimes scary and overwhelming. but i’ll tell you what. ITS WORTH IT. i can never get that time i lost back, but i now make certain that i make everyday count. and i thank God for never giving up on me ❤️ #sober #soberlife #soberAF #doitfforyou #nevergiveup #bestyou #sobriety #loveyourself #soberjourney #inspire #blessed #thankful

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bootstrapcook_. #25. It's hard to take the first step. It's bloody terrifying even thi

#25. It's hard to take the first step. It's bloody terrifying even thinking to yourself that you might have a problem with alcohol. If it's crossing your mind, don't ignore the little niggling voice. I did again and again and again and made half hearted attempts to quit, some of you might remember some of them. But I fell off the wagon, because it's a bumpy road out there, and I wasn't committed enough to quitting. This time round it's different. I used up all the booze in the house in recipes, and gave unopened or bizarre bottled away. My friendships have changed - some people have drifted away, and I expected it, but it still hurts. Change is scary. But regret is worse. . . #odaat #onedayatatime #odaatedit #soberrecovery #soberjourney #newlysober #sobriety

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recovher. This quote was inspired by something I heard my friend @tammisalas say

This quote was inspired by something I heard my friend @tammisalas say on an episode of @theunruffledpodcast - I think it was similar phrasing about lying to your therapist about your drinking. I’ve done both. 🙋🏼‍♀️🔥🔥🔥 See also: My blog post in my linktree in my profile about how alcohol affects dopamine. It’s a vicious circle. ⭕️ We don’t have to live like that anymore. So grateful to be sober! Psst: You can copy paste this if the link is wonky: http://girltomom.com/recovher/how-alcohol-affects-dopamine❤️ ❤️ #recovery #recoverywarrior #sobriety #sober #alcoholfree #freedomfromalcohol #wedorecover #recovher #soberwoman #sobermom #soberjourney #sobermama #recoverywriter #recoveryblogger #recoveryquotes #quotes #inspirationalquotes #soberquotes #womeninrecovery #sobersisters #recoveryjourney #odaat #spiritualjourney #teetotaler #hangoverfreeclub #sherecovers #alcoholism #gratefulsobriety #thiswildandpreciouslife ❤️🔥🔥🔥

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anxiouslysober. Which is what I reminded myself last night when we has poker night. An

Which is what I reminded myself last night when we has poker night. And guess what? Another sober weekend in the books! Woke up and worked out, did my bible study and some journaling, and now I have a to do list a mile long. And also need to fit family time in there also. And some self care. Pretty much everything. But 6 days until vacation! #soberweekend #pokernight

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ericaleehaywood. 2 years sober today. 2 years of freedom. i was a crap person when i dr

2 years sober today. 2 years of freedom. i was a crap person when i drank. plain and simple. i try not to think about it, but sometimes i think it’s important to do so in order to be accountable for my actions, and to work to better myself and my new sober way of life. i lived a life of carelessness and selfishness for so long, i don’t know how i survived. in fact, a few times i didn’t want to survive. but God had other plans for me. and i’m so thankful He did. making the decision to get sober has changed my life for the better to such an extent, i still feel like it’s a dream sometimes. what a gift sobriety is! and what a greater gift it is to be able to now have the ability to help others through this journey. i truly feel free from the chains that held me down for so long. free from the shame. the guilt. the sorrow. the complete and total sadness. i am no longer on the path of self destruction that alcohol led me to. today i am alive and two years sober. two years is a small step in the great scheme of things, but in comparison to the years prior to that, it is a huge leap into what will no doubt be the greatest years of my life. years that i can finally remember every bit of and cherish forever. by Gods grace i am where i am today, and i am eternally grateful. #sober #twoyearssober #newwayoflife #soberlife #soberissexy #nevergiveup #loveyourself #soberjourney #milestone #inspire #blessed #thankful #grateful #soberaf #doitforyou #soberliving #soberlifestyle

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soberlivinguk. ‘I understood myself only after I destroyed myself. And only in the pr

‘I understood myself only after I destroyed myself. And only in the process of fixing myself did I know who I really was’ . . Wishing everyone a blessed sober weekend 🙏🏻❤️ If you are struggling please reach out to someone or myself. You are not alone 🙏🏻💛 . . #soberselfie #selfie #friday #soberfriday #soberweekend #sober #soberaf #soberjourney #selflove #addiction #alcoholism #recovery #sobriety #soberlife #soberliving #alcoholfree #addictionawareness #recoveryispossible #addictionrecovery #believeinyourself #livingsober #selfcare #selfie #dryjanuary #alcoholfreelife #lifeisbeautiful #bekind #soberwarrior #drugaddiction #alcoholaddiction #smile

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soberlivinguk. Sooooo tonight I went out for the first time in like forever!! I went

Sooooo tonight I went out for the first time in like forever!! I went to The Comedy Club in Manchester and I had the best night ever!!! . . . For me going to a place like this would of usually been a night of shaking and craving a drink, trying to find a way to sneak off and neck as many drinks as I can before heading back and acting sober, planning on getting a trolley full on my way home to drink alone, spend all night out and into the next day on a huge binge. . . . Today was a HUGE accomplishment for me... I went out, enjoyed the company I was in, we laughed so much and the thought of a drink didn’t even come into my mind. Anyone who has experienced addiction will know just how hard a situation like this can be... but if I can do it and truly enjoy myself then so can you!! . . . Thank you to all my sober brother and sisters, you inspire me and make me so proud to be sober and a part of this community! . . . If anyone is struggling then my DM’s are always open. Have a blessed sober weekend guys ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ . . . #sober #soberweekend #sobriety #sobersisters #soberbrothers #sobercommunity #addiction #soberselfie #soberjourney #soberlife #teetotaler #teetotal #recovery #recoveryispossible #recoveryisthenewcool #soberaf #alcoholfree #alcoholfreemanchester #trewrussellbrand #Comedyclub #comedyshow #sobernight #selfie #soberliving #selfcare #smile #loveyourself #dryjanuary #noalcohol #sobermom

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I made it through an end of summer backyard party AND sitting at a bar until 2a listening to a band. Being an observer of all the people drinking around me was actually quite interesting. I shook my head a lot as I recalled how I was when I drank. No judgement. You do you, boo 👍💃 I'm just grateful I'm putting that side of me in the past. My priority last night was the nachos in front of my face and making sure my iced tea was full 😍 • • • "Sheena, sheena, come dance!!" "I'd love to, but.... nachos" 🤷‍♀️ • • • #ModernDating101 #SoberBitch #RecoveryStruggles #NachosAreLife #NoHangover #FuckYes #NoLongerTheLifeOfTheParty #FoodOverBooze 🤘 #sorrynotsorry #SoberMovement #Sobriety #SobrietyRocks #SoberJourney #Blogger #Writer #PassionProject #Sober #Fireball #GrandCentral #BarLife #SoberLife #Strength #Determination #repost #ThugKitchen @thugkitchen

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This is both good and bad, depending on so much. #soberislife #soberaf #sober #aa #sobriety #soberjourney #soberevolution

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Food is so important I find. When life isn't easy to cope with, it's so important to get the most mood enhancement I CAN out of food. Fresh fruits and vegetables are my secret to the best mood possible 👌 Today has been a rollercoaster, which I expect for the first 12 months of recovery. I started at the top and finished at the bottom. Couldn't get to AA tonight, bummer, and I have so much to do. I just want to curl up and go to sleep...... 😢 Oh well, at least I'm sober. #soberchallenges #sober2019 #sobriety #soberrollercoaster #first12months #revovery #healthyeating #fruit #effort #doingmybest #aa #alcohol #addiction #soberjourney #struggle

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anxiouslysober. I have been telling myself lately that this is temporary. What do you

I have been telling myself lately that this is temporary. What do you want to feel when it's all over? Regret? Or do you want to be proud of yourself? #night #soberthoughts

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thesobereffect. There’s been times over summer when I have felt like a drink. Walking

There’s been times over summer when I have felt like a drink. Walking past cafes and bars with people laughing and drinking and having a great time. I’ve thought why can’t I do that, why can’t I be there drinking that champagne or mojito or whatever it is. Sometimes I think it even looks a bit glamorous and I’m missing out. Then I fast forward to the next day and how I would be feeling. My anxiety would be through the roof, I would be snappy at the kids, lack motivation and a whole bunch of other crappy feelings. No thank you, I will have a mineral water with a side of happy thoughts and positive vibes any day. ✌️💪 #soberjourney #sobriety #wearetheluckiest #thesoberjourney

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thesobereffect. The kids have been asking me lots of questions about the wildlife at t

The kids have been asking me lots of questions about the wildlife at the beach. We have wombats and kangaroos,snakes and lizards, echidnas and rabbits. Half the questions I have no idea about (ok maybe most of them) but I actually WANT to know. So we are doing a little project about it. 9 months ago my head would have been exploding! (and that’s before the questions!!!) but now I’m excited to learn and teach them. I know this may sound a bit trivial, but to me it is pure gold. #teacher #mum #schoolholidays #soberjourney #drinklessdomore #whatsthatdeadthingonthesideoftheroadmum #thesoberjourney

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#day151 is going pretty good. I love that everyday is a celebration of some kind in recovery 💗 Looking forward to being 5 months on Friday! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 Keep sending the milestones my way I say as right now I can handle them!! #winning #sobriety #recovery #aa #noalcohol #soberaf #soberislife #soberaftoday #soberjourney #sobrietyrocks #soberissexy #soberisbetter #soberevolution #soberfeels

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here_she_grows. ⬇️ Why I DON’T say I’m an Alcoholic ⬇️
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⬇️ Why I DON’T say I’m an Alcoholic ⬇️ 💜 289 days of sobriety 💜 Recently I did a post about the insidious nature of alcohol dependency. One well-meaning person started their comment with ‘You’re an alcoholic.’ There was good intention behind the comment & advice that followed, but it left a bad taste in my mouth, ate at me for days & I ended up deleting it. 💜 I’ve struggled with why it bothered me so much to be called an alcoholic, but...just because the shoe fits, it doesn’t mean I HAVE to wear it. When I really thought about it, the reason is that whether I’m being called an alcoholic or whether I’m labeling myself in that way—it does not feel empowering to me. And I feel VERY empowered since making the decision to get & stay sober. 💜 I am doing sobriety in my own way. I have never been to an AA meeting & I have no intention of it at at this time. I have ZERO delusions about what will happen if I start drinking again. I stay Sober Positive by interacting with IG sober rockstars, listening to several sobriety podcasts, reading ‘Quit Lit’ and watching documentaries & shows about addiction. And most of all, writing about it. THAT feels empowering. 💜 I’m sure there are some who would say that this is ‘white knuckle sobriety’ or that I HAVE to work steps & do a program or I will fail at this. It’s a good thing I’m learning to not give a shit about other people’s opinions. 💜 Sobriety is as individual as we are. I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all strategy for managing addiction or there would be a hell of a lot less addicts in this world. I am finding my own way & feeling very good about it. If calling yourself an alcoholic feels right for you, then great. Just please don’t call me one. 💜 #soberthoughts #soberstrong #soberevolution #soberjourney #addiction #ODAAT #sober #judgementfreezone #recovery #support #safespace #wedorecover #wearetheluckyones #upwardspiral #iambecoming #abetterversionofme #perfectly_imperfect #imaworkinprogress #hereshegrows

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God I love sunrises! Unless I was walking home I never saw a sunrise in my life let alone appreciated one, but now they're a desirable part of my day. Bring on the sunrise I say! Not because the night has been lonely and terrifying, but because the crisp beauty reminds me how much I want to be alive 💗🌱🌻 #soberthoughts #sobriety #sunrise #sober2019 #soberaf #rainbowmorningsky #soberjourney #soberisbetter #soberislife #soberfeelsgood #earlymorningappreciation #aa #recovery #day151

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thebondoman100. Absolutely love my God and his son Jesus Christ 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 and w

Absolutely love my God and his son Jesus Christ 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 and will continue to follow and obey him #sobriety #soberlife #soberjourney #soberliving #alcoholfree #drugfree

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kacik_sober_hooligan. Me with my grandparents 34 years ago. I mentioned yesterday about spec

Me with my grandparents 34 years ago. I mentioned yesterday about special bond I have had with my grandmother. Grandfather's Day falls on today in my native country Poland. If my grandfather was alive today my bond with him would have been even more special. I lost him when I was 10 and missed him badly ever since. I am adamant that my sobriety is partially of his making-He surely has been watching over me form above. I can feel his presence all the time. In my drinking days Grandfather's Day would have been another ocassion to get bladdered, today I can celebrate his live reminiscing about great time I had had together. I am adamant he would have been proud of my sobriety today... BTW... Hope you have had fabulous sober Tuesday so far. #imissmygrandparents #sobergrandchildren #sobriety #soberaf #soberisexy #soberlifestyle #soberliving #sobermovement #sobercommunity #recovery #recoveryjourney #soberjourney #grandparentsandgrandkids #grandparentsrock #chesterfield

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sabalifitness. When trucking sucks I remind myself I don't have to do it. I create my

When trucking sucks I remind myself I don't have to do it. I create my own reality. The choice is easy. I can quit when I want to. Feel free to stop complaining and make your life awesome-the way you want it to be. ♤sabali

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bootstrapcook_. #25. Someone a little older and a lot wiser said to me today that not

#25. Someone a little older and a lot wiser said to me today that not drinking is going to be a whole world of discovery - I'm going to have to find out who I am all over again. Some things will have changed. I'll feel situations differently. More. Vividly. Overwhelmingly. But I'll also gradually learn who I really am. There's a saying in the twelve steps programs, that we become the person we were meant to be. I don't know who that Jack Monroe really is, but I'm very excited to finally get to know her. . . #odaatedit #odaat #onedayatatime #soberrecovery #soberjourney #soberjournal #newlysober

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sophia.shoots. “There are a lot of people who talk about how they did drugs and they

“There are a lot of people who talk about how they did drugs and they got miserable, but I had been miserable my whole life and the only thing that made it better was drugs. So I was not willing to let anyone take it away. I knew I had a problem really early on. The first time I ever drank heavily I remember being like, ‘This is it. I have arrived. I’m gonna be like this forever.’ I went into high-school and the first day of school a senior guy walked up to me and introduced himself. He ended up roofie-ing me and becoming my drug dealer. My transition to using hard drugs was quick. I was smoking foilies for a couple weeks. When you smoke heroine you're a crazy person. Crazier than if you shoot it. Drug dealer rapist dude did not like that I was crazy as fuck. He ended up holding me down and shooting me up. And that was it, you know? It was over for me. I smoked meth for a while, while shooting heroine because I was trying to not nod off because I couldn’t get my homework done. I was absolutely fucking miserable. I weighed about 98 pounds. I couldn’t hold myself up when I was on the bus because I weighed nothing and I didn’t eat. But I was good at hitting veins, so I didn’t look fucked up. I realized that I was staring down the barrel of my entire life where I was going to miss out on everything." -Anna

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sophia.shoots. \"When I went to college I was like ‘I will stop doing drugs!’ By that

"When I went to college I was like ‘I will stop doing drugs!’ By that time I was drinking a handle a day. I couldn’t stop. I couldn’t get out of bed without drinking, but I stopped shooting dope so I was really excited. I met this guy freshman year and at some point, I went down to San Diego to see him. He gave me a ton of molly. We ended up doing really violent BDSM shit and I broke four of my ribs and my ankle. I remember having a seizure. I was a complete mess. When I got back to Washington I went out with a bunch of the frat guys that I was friends with. They had this Around the World thing where every single room in the frat house was a country and you drank a drink related to the country. I got my passport stamped twice. I drank more than every single man there. I remember going back and calling this dealer and asking him to bring me a shot of heroin. He brought it over and was like, ‘You look like shit, you need to do this.’ I laid on my dorm room floor and shot up for the first time in months. I realized I was going to die. I had been throwing up blood for almost 12 hours at that point. I had done an 8 ball to stay awake for all of that. I was like ‘If I don’t die from this, I’m throwing myself out of my window.’ I lived on the third floor. It was a cement drop. I was like, ‘I can’t live like this anymore.’ So I literally, on my hands and knees, dragged myself to my RA’s room, knocked on her door. It wasn’t rare for me to be that sick but I looked at her and I was like, ‘I’m going to die of heroin in my room and I’m going to use it.’ As soon as I said that she called our dean because he knew who I was from me pressing charges against the guy in California. They took me to the hospital and the hospital put me in lockdown.” -Anna

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sophia.shoots. “A friend took who's been sober for almost four years took me hiking a

“A friend took who's been sober for almost four years took me hiking and told me to go to AA. I did. I got a sponsor and it’s like the only way I know now how to be sober. I still go every other day. If I get honest with myself alcohol was much more of a problem than drugs ever were honestly because it was more socially acceptable for me to be an alcoholic, especially in college, and have no one say shit. In AA they say, ‘we’re here to spread our experience, strength, courage, and hope.’ I didn’t ever think I’d be happy. Ever. Especially coming out of high school. Everyone was really depressed all the time. I didn’t know there was another way of living that didn’t have suffering attached at the other end of it. Any time I felt any emotion, whether it was happy, sad, disappointed, or anything I was immediately trying to numb that out. I was trying to not feel anything I felt. And I couldn't move through life. Have you ever been holding your lunch tray and not sure where to sit and you kind of feel that feeling of loneliness? I felt that way every single day when I was drinking before I got sober. Immediately for me I would go to the same anxiety where I was like, ‘I have no friends and I’m never going to have friends.’ I felt like I was going to be hopeless forever and that I was going to be lonely my entire life and that I would never have friends and never have anyone that cared about me and never be able to retain people in my life. It makes me want to cry just thinking about that. And it took a really long time in sobriety to not feel that way. And I had really great friendships when I was getting high towards the end. I didn’t realize they loved me or cared about me. I was willing to throw all of that away on a daily basis. I see that with alcoholics and it makes me want to stay sober. When I drank I thought I would feel the way I used to, where I felt good. But it takes one drink to make me feel like I want to kill myself. And I don’t have clinical depression. But that loneliness comes back immediately, and I can’t get out of bed, and have no motivation, and everything is just sad sad sad.” -Anna

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shetookherlifeback. Me and woody chilling together.  He is part of my recovery. Felt crap

Me and woody chilling together. He is part of my recovery. Felt crap today. Always thought i was good at dealing with pressure but as ive got older for some reason i turn to things to make the pressure go away...shopping, alcohol and eating....of course none of it has ever helped. But what they fuck is wrong with me? I get shit at work so instead of dealing ill eat crap. Been so tempted to have a wine 😶🙄 #crap #failing #bingeing #hatepressure #soberjourney #needsympathy #sendhelp

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sober_jen. Day 5 #feelingstrong#soberjourney

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anxiouslysober. This is how sobriety feels. Like you're super excited because you know

This is how sobriety feels. Like you're super excited because you know you're taking a huge step towards this amazing life but you have to wait on the starting line forever. Things can't happen fast enough. . . . Maybe its learning to trust yourself again. Or maybe its waiting for trust from others that may never come. Or maybe it's as simple as waiting for those cravings to go away. And maybe they will. For a time. But there will be a point where you reach temptation. And you have a decision to make. Are you going to give into those cravings and start all over? Or are you going to draw strength from within or those around you and push past it? . . . I know for me I'm so anxious to get over the starting line. I'm anxious to reach the point where I can run. But Saturday night and the craving showed me that I have some work to do. I didnt cave but boy did I feel like it. I've decided that I'm just not there yet. I am not ready to be around others who drink and drink excessively. It's all too overwhelming and consuming. You can't move forward if you are constantly looking back on the past. It makes me think of the phrase "look back but dont stare" that I heard on the @recoveryrocksnyc from @girlwalksout and I love it. I'm thinking I may need to put it up somewhere so I can be reminded. #soberthoughts #lookbackdontstare

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moodsandmayhem. One of my favourite sober pages to follow @sobergirlsociety makes me l

One of my favourite sober pages to follow @sobergirlsociety makes me laugh daily , nearly broke my dry jan earlier after a stressful day at work but I do remember from my last time stopping the first month or so is learning to deal with stress and life’s shitty days without saying ‘I need a bloody drink’ ... Day 22 of 100 💪 #dryjanuary #soberjourney #sobercurious #mood #stress #knackered #hatejanuary #soberlife #summerbodygoals #needmysparkle #menopause #periodproblems

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thebondoman100. \"There is an inexplicable peace that calms the heart of the one who tr

"There is an inexplicable peace that calms the heart of the one who truly knows Jesus. For that Christian, death is merely the threshold of the door to eternity with Him..." I want to be that Christian don't you my friends .... #soberlife #soberjourney #soberliving #alcoholfree #soberlove #god #jesus #drugfree

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sherimatthews. Serving up peanut noodles for lunch with cucumber, rice vinegar and di

Serving up peanut noodles for lunch with cucumber, rice vinegar and dill salad. What’s on your menu? This is from @itdoesnttastelikechicken vegan cookbook. I added edamame to mine for a little extra protein. 🥒🌶🥕🥜🍜🌿 #veganfood #peanutnoodles #veganrecipes

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