To be honest this is a milestone I never thought I would pass. Today it has been 12 months since my last drink.
I have detailed the process of becomming sober over the past year and as you may have seen it has been a journey of ups and downs. My last update at the 6th month milestone was a little negative and I admit I was stuggling a lot around that point. And as this milestone got closer and closer it was very hard to fight the cravings and temptations that have surrounded me recently.
So at the 6th month period I was really not seeing the benefits of quitting drinking. It was only around the 9th or 10th month when the postive impact of sobreity was clearly visible and appreciated.
At this point now I no longer feel I should mention how long it has been or how good things are as I do not need to keep reminding myself to not drink. This process of recording my journey has helped me up to this point, but for now I see no reason to continue doing it.
So for now I am just going to briefly summarise the past year in a cons and pros list.
Iam much more anti social, I did not get to see a lot of friends for a long time.
I miss escaping, unwinding and the taste of my favourite drinks.
Some people have not been supportive, offering me drinks and such.
Re-connected with past friends.
I think my family respect me a little more.
I Saved at least £1500-3000 this year from not drinking.
I am much more focused on my work.
Less dark and painful dreams.
I respect myself for the first time in a long while.
My work income has more than doubled.
Thank you all for your support over the past year, whether it was an email, direct message or just a nice comment!