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I Am a Recovering Alcoholic

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 750 People

    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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    I'm not a recovering alcoholic,

    but my boyfriend is. I think he is finally getting serious about getting sober bc he found out he has scar tissue on his liver. we're waiting for blood work to determine cirrhosis or not. I'm incredibly nervous bc he is determined to get sober without professional help. so I'm...
    nakedofaname nakedofaname 26-30 2 Responses Dec 6, 2015

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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 12 Responses Feb 5, 2014

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    Today marks 138 days Sober

    for me. Everyone around me says I'm better to be around nowadays but I still want to drink. it may not be today or tomorrow but I know I'm going to relapse soon....I'm not as strong as everyone thinks I am.
    karma518 karma518 26-30, M 6 Responses Dec 23, 2015

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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 Jul 1, 2015

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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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    Miss1991xx Miss1991xx 22-25, F 9 Responses Oct 5, 2015

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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 148 Responses Dec 23, 2010

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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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    Two Months!!!!

    I have been sober for two months now and some days feel pretty good while some days/nights are still proving to be some of the worst nights of my life. I am having a hell of a time establishing a new routine in my sober life and I have ended up putting myself closer to relapse...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 8 Responses Nov 11, 2013

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    I got a reminder yesterday

    that we face a deadly disease. A friend in the program had nearly thirty years of sobriety. Three months ago he relapsed. Very quickly he lost his wife, the new house, his small business, and yesterday, his life. Killed himself.
    misterbob misterbob 46-50, M 5 Responses Dec 23, 2015

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    Today makes 150 days sober.

    The holidays were hard. There was booze everywhere and I wanted to hurt my relatives. I avoided everyone and it didn't go unnoticed. I don't feel like I'm recovering and I sure as **** don't feel fixed. Its ****** up to gain this clarity only to realize how lost I am. I'm...
    karma518 karma518 26-30, M 6 Responses Jan 4

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    To Those It May Concern...

    This is in fact an exact copy of an answer I put in someone else's topic, but I felt it 'good' enough to be posted as a separate entry...  First a joke: You know what they call an alcoholic who ran out of booze? A man with a drinking problem... Okay. I started drinking...
    jimmyrudyjump jimmyrudyjump 51-55, M 12 Responses Mar 30, 2011

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 24, 2015

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    15 years old. A depressed alcoholic with many

    scars on her body. I thought i was worthless. At times i still do. I still havent found my purpose in life but im trying. At the moment a few of my friends are my motivation to get out of bed. My parents want me off the meds but they serve me as a safety blanket.
    monse1523 monse1523 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 19, 2015

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    Wow the millions of changes I have gone through

    since I got serious about getting sober. Engaged... To not engaged... To dating a married guy you cheated on the person who you were engaged too. I've gone through so many jobs. I never was like that before. I went to work until the realization that I had a problem. The anger...
    mysticdragonlady mysticdragonlady 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 6, 2015

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    15 months today! I am amazed.

    And it is *still* one day at a time.
    Kettei Kettei 31-35, F 4 Responses Aug 29, 2015

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    Kettei Kettei 31-35, F 6 Responses Oct 11, 2015

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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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    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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    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 6 Responses Mar 31, 2013

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    I will have 9 months this Sunday!

    I am so grateful to be sober today. I like myself more when I'm sober. Lately, I've been feeling overwhelmed though. I'm just not feeling balanced quite yet. Physically and mentally. I'm still healing over a breakup that ended 3 months ago (only on step one) and I really...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 30, 2015

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    I've let myself down.

    .. After 3 months I've relapsed for no reason at all other than the fact I saw my ex & he was following me, swearing & insulting me in the street. I said nothing, didn't look back & carried on till I got home. Then I shut the door cried my eyes out for an hour & decided to get a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Aug 16, 2015

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    3 Months Sober!!!!!!!

    !!! I have somehow managed stay sober for 3 months…  How? I don’t really know. Perhaps. It was luck??  No ******* way….   Actually, to be completely honest, I have fought like hell and accepted an enormous amount of support in order to maintain my sobriety.   Sobriety...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 9 Responses Dec 11, 2013

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    A Trip Back…. Last week was my first trip

    back home since I moved away. The trip was good but it was also very hard. It was fun to go out with friends and to spend some time with family but overall I was reminded how miserable my old life used to be. I visited my old office and saw my old coworkers, they looked...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 7 Responses Oct 11, 2015

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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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    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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    A letter to someone special celebrating two

    years sober…. Dear Recovering Alcoholic, I am so sorry that you were in so much pain for so long. I am so sorry that you were alone and struggling in this great big world without any hope or relief. I am so sorry I wasn’t able to help you sooner. It breaks my heart that...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 10, 2015

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    175 days sober today.

    My birthday is in 20 days I kind of want it to just go by without a big deal being made. as if Christmas was hard enough to get through now I have to worry about all the attention being focused on me. Maybe I'll get lucky and people with forget its my birthday like they did last...
    karma518 karma518 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 29

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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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    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, 2015

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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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    Happiness is..... ..

    ..whatever the hell I want it to be. It's simple. It's complex. It's lovely. It's calm. It's changing everything in one year. It's living. It's mine. :) I knew going into 2015 that my life was going to change significantly. New job. New apartment. New city. New state. New...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 13, 2015

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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, 2015

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    Today I'm 90 days sober.

    This has been extremely hard. I knew I had a problem long time ago! But college brought out my drinking side once again. I can't tell you the pain it bring me to see myself in the mirror at times. I had recovered one and let myself relapse again. I was so ashamed. I wanted to...
    Kellykels Kellykels 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 23, 2015

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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 36-40, M 7 Responses Aug 2, 2013

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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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    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...
    snk7 snk7 36-40, M 6 Responses Jun 24, 2015

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    I haven't had a drink today,

    found out my ex got arrested n blew my phone up, still managed to ignore her calls n get yelled at by my dad too. im sweating n ny nose is running I do drink almost every day
    coolmetaldude coolmetaldude 26-30, M 5 Responses Jan 19

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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!!!!
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 11, 2015

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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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    I care about my body shape.

    I try to control calories, go to gym. last week I eat the equivalent of 6 big Mac in drinks. that a shame. alcohol is ****. 3000 calories and a headache. what the hell....if you wanna stay slim, do not drink except a lot of water.......
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 13, 2015

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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, 2015

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    second date with tgis girl I just met,

    drunk af all weekend, sorry EP :/
    coolmetaldude coolmetaldude 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 25

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    It’s 2016…. My life is still moving

    along; improving and changing every single day! I took a lengthy trip home for the holidays and then followed that up with a business trip that kept me away from my beloved apartment for over 2 weeks. It was an amazing trip in so so so many ways. Those who really know me know...
    Overwhelmed15 Overwhelmed15 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 15

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