Good morning! My name is Lauren and I'm a grateful recovering alcholic/addict. What a beautiful day to be alive and sober!
Back to my story. I'm in California, waking up every morning at 5:00 am to drink my green tea and watch the sun rise with my buddy C. Every morning, I would ramble on about something and he would just sit there in "his" chair, sweatpants and hoodie on, and listen to me. N, would listen to me til midnight, sobbing, as I would her. S & A would play guitar and sing. Those people there became family. I would spend all day every day with them. We talked about some stuff that I wouldn't talk to family about. It is easier to talk to someone who is or has been in the same boat as me, then sometimes a good friend who hasn't been. We all had something take over our lives and was ruining it. We all needed help, and were getting better together. When I first got there I figured, I would meet people, get better, go home and get on with my life. But in reality, I got there, met some great people, learned a lot about myself, and still stay in contact with most of the people I was there with. We are still there for each other today. There to reach out to, anytime,when a craving hits, lonely, or just to talk. When I got sober, I thought I would lose friends, but that's when I found who my real friends were. I DO just want to say, I do not have anything against alcohol or those who can drink "normally". I just can't drink. and I AM STILL FUN BEING SOBER!!! Some people think that when you get sober, your life is boring. NO!!! This is when I get to enjoy life now, and not waste it, being miserable. I have learned not to take anything for granted. That's all I have for today...so far... :)
(All names have been changed for anonymity.)
I'm Lauren. Get inside the head of a recovering alcoholic/ addict.