How I Survived Wedding Season In My First Year Of Sobriety

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There’s more to weddings than an open bar. It just took giving up alcohol for me to realize it.

By Sarah Levy

Original Source: nytimes.com

Weddings are for partying.

I learned this much at my first wedding reception. I was 6, and a flower girl in my cousin’s bridal party. It was 1996, and I heard songs like “Macarena” and Hootie & the Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be With You” for the first time. I danced for hours in my pink floor-length dress, emerging sweaty and exuberant at the end of the night.

“I love weddings!” I screamed at my parents as they put me to bed.

Weddings are also an escape from reality, a few fairy-tale hours. As an anxious child, I loved to escape. I lost myself in stories and make believe, creating and retreating into universes that felt safer than my own.

This urge to escape had evolved into a complicated relationship with alcohol. I was a…click here to continue reading

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