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I Am a Recovering Alcoholic

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    Today I decided that it is time

    for me to honestly and genuinely start accepting the success in my life. I am someone who has always worked hard in an effort to overcome what I felt like were handicaps in my life. At the very same time I have always done everything in my power to avoid the attention that seems...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 5 Responses Aug 21, 2014

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    Recently I've suffered depression from drinking

    two much Alcohol I've Been walking in the Streets Drunk almost getting hit by cars during the whole entire summer some from Lincoln Way West High School who doesn't know I was an accident just waiting to happen the persons name is Sarah McDonald she knows I have a disability...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 27, 2014

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    My drinking problem began

    when I was 16 years old, shortly after I placed my son up for adoption. .. I don't now if it was the guilt, or just apart of puberty, but I just became extremely depressed and sought out ways to smooth the pain I was feeling. I had friends who were into various drugs, but I...
    KierstenJ671 KierstenJ671 22-25, F 7 Responses May 9

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    Today Is My Birthday.

    Today, I am 34. Today I am at work instead of having taken the day off to drink. Today I wasn't drinking at 10am the bottle of whiskey I would have bought last night like my other birthdays. Today my wife doesn't hate me. Today I am not embarrassed to show up at my nieces...
    ccneb ccneb 31-35, M 7 Responses Aug 2, 2013

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    Alcoholism Can Be Cured Despite A.A.'s Contention To The Contrary

    By Dr. Arthur H. Cain From the September 19, 1964 Saturday Evening Post. An expert charges that Alcoholics anonymous has become a dogmatic cult that blocks medical progress and hampers many members' lives. It is time we made a thorough investigation of Alcoholics Anonymous in the...
    TheCrabbyAngel TheCrabbyAngel 46-50 7 Responses Mar 31, 2013

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    Well I feel good today.

    My side isn't hurting any longer, my anxiety is lessening thanks to the pills. I feel a sense of calm and determination. I think I'll start going out the house more often. This is good.
    IloveLife14 IloveLife14 31-35, F 11 Responses Jan 24, 2014

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    My Drinking Career And How Alcoholics Anonymous Ruined It...

    My name is PrincessMaine and as of August 28, 2010, I had 6 years of sobriety with the fellowship and support of Alcoholics Anonymous... When I open up at any given commitment meeting and stand up at the podium, I usually give the same opening line, even though it's been passed...
    PrincessMaine PrincessMaine 46-50, F 149 Responses Dec 23, 2010

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    Don't see anything the matter here, Ma. Ain't it grand the wind stopped blowin'?

    KARLA BRADA MURDER VICTIM BY AA MEMBER   Click on to view the Karla Brada Video Story-   http://youtu.be/uABc5vUGuGY   1st video-   http://youtu.be/nua3eekMYl   I am Monica Richardson, the Founder of a grass roots movement to Make AA Safer. We took direct action to do so...
    NeoJesusOfTheMatrix NeoJesusOfTheMatrix 66-70 Mar 14, 2013

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    So. After years and years of having great luck.

    Knowing all the right people to get me out of trouble. It all finally came apart. Last night I left work about 1030pm and went to the bar. Alone. But since I drink for free there it's okay right? Well, two hours and many drinks and shots later I get behind the wheel to make...
    QBRAIDER QBRAIDER 31-35, M 2 Responses Dec 6, 2014

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    My Bottle Was My Best Friend/Worst Enemy.

    I've been "recovering" since jan 2nd 2012, no more waking up and instantly reaching for the whiskey bottle to calm the shaking and make my mind stop spinning erratically and also to make the day easier to face and escape reality with... my eyes opening to the bottle of jack...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Jul 27, 2013

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    Dear alcohol and every pill I took,

    You almost ruined my life. You promised me happiness by agreeing to solve my problems. Instead, you created more and made me to where I couldn't be the best I could be. Thankfully, I am able to leave you all in the past and have found happiness and love in AA meetings, my higher...
    cawnbread cawnbread 18-21, F Feb 9

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    All ideologies are meaningless,

    whether religious or political, for it is conceptual thinking, the conceptual word, which has so unfortunately divided man. Religion is the frozen thought of man out of which they build temples I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path...
    StarWanderer StarWanderer 56-60, M Mar 30, 2014

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    Meaningless. I am more

    than alive today. I am more than just "sober" today. I am more than I was so many years ago. This is the result of the steps for me, where people drinking and the sight of alcohol means nothing. Most 12 steppers fear the outside world I don't. I didn't see "drunk people" this...
    StarWanderer StarWanderer 56-60, M 1 Response Dec 26, 2013

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    The first time I tried to get sober,

    I had withdrawal symptoms like the shakes, nightmares, sweating, anxiety and depression. Eventually they went away without treatment. I relapsed recently and my parents might put me in rehab. However, I am not having withdrawal symptoms. Would they still detox me in rehab?
    cawnbread cawnbread 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 14

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    Finally Went To A Damn Meeting.

    After over two weeks of totally avoiding AA meetings, I finally went this morning before work (8/6/13). I still completely hate the meetings for a combination of reasons but I also know that I am approaching the point in my sobriety where I always slip up and drink.  I know that...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 11 Responses Aug 6, 2013

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    I was at eight days and I don't know why

    but I found myself standing in the wine aisle yesterday. I should have ran like hell, but I bought one of those cartons of chardonnay that contain a bottle and a half. I let it sit in the fridge for awhile but it kept eating at me knowing it was in there and knowing by the end...
    Mala1718 Mala1718 26-30, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    18 months! Today marks one

    and a half years sober!!!!! My life is so insanely different from when I first stopped drinking that I really don’t even know what to say. It has been a long and difficult journey so far but it has been amazing to shed my past and discover the person that was hidden for so...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 5 Responses Mar 11

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    Safe House? Mark Burchell

    Farmington Hills, Mich. - Recovery homes are supposed to be safe havens for addicts to heal after they get out of rehab. But instead of helping addicts rebuild their lives, a local sobriety leader is accused by several women of preying on them. He’s been hailed as a saint in...
    TheePanther TheePanther 66-70 May 9, 2013

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    5 years ago today I picked up this white poker

    chip at an AA meeting. It signified 1 day sober. Through the grace of God and the help of a lot of family and friends I'm still holding on to it.
    ChilliDog ChilliDog 41-45, M 5 Responses Apr 3, 2014

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    Holding Your Hands Up.......

    Having gone through myself the devastation that the alchohol illness can cause, I find it horrible when i hear people blaming the person themselves for the pain that they cause while they are drinking. Yes it is ultimately down to the person themselves to stop drinking, but its...
    emmaB7 emmaB7 31-35, F Nov 23, 2012

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    AA Doesn't Work For Atheists/Agnostics

    I recently decided that, after twenty years of heavy, almost daily drinking, and an incident that nearly cost me everything, I needed to quit my unhealthy ways and get sober for the first time in my entire adult life.  Though I had quit drinking for brief periods before...
    RedRover RedRover 36-40, F 56 Responses Jun 15, 2009

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    Theres this one liquor I go to

    where im never carded. Im 15. Thank you asian man
    monse1523 monse1523 22-25, F Jun 19

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    I am an alcoholic and I have been struggling

    with this disease for almost 10 years. I have been sober since June 6th 2014, so I am about 5 and a half months clean. I haven't started working the steps yet and I don't have a sponsor. Any input on that? Any recovered alcoholics that want to chat or vent I'm here. Thanks for...
    lanadarling lanadarling 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 21, 2014

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    4 Months Sober

    I feel a lot better now.  I've quit drinking before (2 1/2 years) so I know I can't get too confident.  It is nice though to not be blowing all my money on alcohol and to never wake up hung-over or black out and not remember what I've done.
    ReformedAutomaton ReformedAutomaton 36-40, M 30 Responses Jun 5, 2007

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    1 year sober!!!!!!!!!

    ! Well it is official..... I have been sober for 1 year. It feels like my last drink was so long ago and so much has changed since then. Ahhhhhhh 1 year---- never thought it was possible and I have never been so excited and proud! Thank you to those that have helped me...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 27 Responses Sep 11, 2014

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    I am 50 days sober, I have been suffering this

    disease since I was 11. I've been in the program for about a month and do not have a sponsor yet. Can I talk to someone when I need it? Message me?
    cawnbread cawnbread 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 29, 2014

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    Dancing Evergreen

             I checked the number on the incoming call vibrating in my hand. It was a call I was required, by law, to answer twenty-four hours a day seven days a week. I practice walking meditation and breathing exercises around an old historic State Penitentiary long since...
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M 9 Responses Nov 5, 2012

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    AN OPEN LETTER FROM AN ALCOHOLIC I am an

    alcoholic. I need your help. Don't lecture , blame or scold me. You wouldn't be angry at me for having cancer or diabetes. Alcoholism is a disease, too. Don't pour out my liquor, it's just a waste of time because I can always find ways of getting more. Don't me provoke your...
    sexiskey sexiskey 41-45, F 13 Responses Feb 5, 2014

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    I have been in recovery now

    for quite a few 24 hours. For the most part, I'm quite happy to be living sober. It's been very freeing. Some days are a struggle just like for anyone else, but today I feel like what's the use? I understand that the feeling of futility often is at the the root of addiction...
    PiscesDream PiscesDream 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 5

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    Hate makes me want to drink.

    Oh how I am hating you today…. Hating you so so so much, so much that I just want to drink to get rid of the hate. I hate the sound of your voice, the sound of your footsteps, the look of your face. I hate how you raised or attempted to raise your children and failed. I...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 6 Responses Nov 9, 2014

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    13 1/2 months I have to be honest

    and say that the 6 weeks after my one year anniversary have been rough. I have not had a regular schedule at all and emotionally I'm just not feeling well. I have started to drift away from the things that I did regularly in order to make it this far into my sobriety. I have...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 5 Responses Oct 25, 2014

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    Today I am 5 months sober.

    I love myself more than I have ever did in the past. Sending intentions of gratitude, love, kindness and forgiveness for self and others to all of you.
    projektalfred projektalfred 31-35, M 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    "just To Spread The Word"

    Hi everyone; This is more of a little notification than a story. I have told my story her already and it is always freash in my mind. I still thank God every day for giving me the will power and him help for me to quit for good. but what I want to say is that last week on...
    tabitha1960 tabitha1960 51-55, F 4 Responses Jan 17, 2013

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    Day 21

    Every single day has been a struggle. The first 10 days were hard. The headaches, the shaky hands, the sleepless nights and nausea. I sat through the AA meetings and listened to everyone tell me over and over again that it would get better, the days would improve and sobriety...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 9 Responses Jul 20, 2013

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    What’s next for my sober life?

    ? Since the excitement of my one year anniversary has finally faded, I am left feeling reflective and wondering where my life is headed next. So much of my life has changed in the past year but there is still so much work to be done. This year has provided an insane amount...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 5 Responses Sep 21, 2014

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    Days Sober = 14

    I have hit the two week mark. I think a lot of people underestimate just how freaking hard this is for me. I still get withdrawals, and more anxiety, and cravings, and have dreams about booze, and and and. I could go on all day. All over on the billboards there are alcohol ads...
    PreferUknown PreferUknown 22-25, F 9 Responses May 27, 2013

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    My environment created me.

    I wasn't always an alcoholic but when you grow up with an inconsiderate drunk for a father and a neurotic mother who always makes excuses for him, how was it possible NOT to go down the wrong path? I have an extremely ugly history with the demon that is alcohol that to this day...
    Alan132 Alan132 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 8

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    Isn't this a story I'm a 55 year old mani

    started drinking at the age of 11 by 13 I was drinking regularly too often by 15 I could down a bottle of jack in three drinks I have been an alcoholic since I was 13 last year in November I decided it was time to quit it was awful all the DTs for 43 years my body was use to...
    primeoflife primeoflife 51-55, M 3 Responses Mar 4

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    Alcohol has ruined my life (involving my health,

    work, depression, Family, relationship issues, I could go on). Used to drink everyday in the evening for the past 10 years. This year I got hospitalised & went to rehab. Doctors told me I was close to death. Scared the hell out of me. Now; I've been 6 months sober (not a...
    marshb marshb 36-40, M 4 Responses Jun 24

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    The Gift He hands me a package wrapped in

    silver paper with a hot pink bow on top. The box is square and thin, with a little weight to it. He says nothing as he hands it to me and I say nothing in response. This is what he does to me. He paralyzes my mind. I can’t speak. I can’t think. I take the box. I obey. I...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 30, 2014

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    I made it through an entire week at work (I

    work at a bar) without having to fight the urge to drink!!!!
    DanielleDestruction DanielleDestruction 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 11

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    The New 12 Steps

    RARELY HAVE they seen a person who has thoroughly followed their path. Those who do recover are usually people who have recognized AA as a dangerous religious cult, and will not give themselves completely to AA's fanatical program. The AA Cult is constituted primarily of men and...
    NeoJesusOfTheMatrix NeoJesusOfTheMatrix 66-70 2 Responses Mar 25, 2013

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    20 months sober!My life is

    so insanely different that sometimes I have to stop and rest just to take it all in. 2015 so far has been about as spectacular as it could have been.I moved to the East Coast to accept a promotion and start a completely new life. I am still in the process of getting settled into...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 2 Responses May 11

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    hello everyone. my name is kat

    and I am an alcoholic. it's hard to comprehend how much damage alcohol can cause to someone, to themselves, to people around them.. I woke up 5 days ago and thought I have had enough. since then been to two AA meetings. please feel free to look at my blog: unityservicerecovery...
    missundertood2015 missundertood2015 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 4

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    and it took about ? 20 freaking years to accept

    that all that money i spent on booze.. well it was like buying myself depression and more problems. screw that anymore. i'm depressed enough without paying to have more of it. 15 months sober with only 2 slips.
    MeZero0 MeZero0 41-45 1 Response Mar 30

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    Mistakes, You've Made A Few (A tip of the hat to Lilt and ccneb)

    Ruminating on your errors and where you got it wrong, is not the same thing as learning from them. If fact it's a sure fire way to set up momentum to repeat those same mistakes later on. Guilt is a very attractive and dynamic vibratory energy. The disease gets very excited about...
    StarWanderer StarWanderer 56-60, M 1 Response Aug 13, 2013

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