Getting Sober Wasn’t Easy—But It Taught Me Some Pretty Crucial Life Skills


By Helaina Hovitz

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At 22, I went to my first AA meeting. I committed right away. I had to get sober, because my social binge drinking was getting out of control. I know the program doesn’t work for everyone, but I took to it immediately. I happily absorbed every suggestion that was given to me, and I made a lot of changes. They stuck.

It’s been five and a half years since that first meeting, and nowadays my life doesn’t revolve as much around my sober community. In fact, the more time that passes, the fewer meetings I feel I need. But now that I’ve stopped reaching out to substances to make me feel good, I have to live with the thoughts that made being in the present moment so uncomfortable in the first place.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have my new way of life become just something I do. I eat lunch, I try get eight hours of sleep, I don’t drink, I walk my spoiled rescue dog four times a day. It gets easier with time…click here to continue reading