Hi Everyone. Thank you all for being here and posting – it helps me so much. I am at day 6 and that is the longest stretch of sobriety for me for at least three and a half years! I check in here many times each day, either via computer or mobile phone. This forum and the Spiritual River site has given me renewed hope and desire to be, and continue to be, a non-drinker.
I have been trying to put into practice all the great advice and guidance available here and I believe it is really helping turn things around. I have been experiencing some withdrawal effects – including night sweats. This really worried me at first, but once I found out this was normal I worried less. The sweating is subsiding now, so that is good. Having read this thread from the beginning, I have learnt so much about alcoholism and recovery, all of which has provided me with greater insight and inspiration.
On the topic of taking action in recovery, I have never kept a journal before, but I have taken Patrick’s advice and started a journal on day 1. I bought a nice A4 size writing pad and just started to write. So far I have been writing at least 3 or 4 pages a day and I believe I’m starting to see the benefits of using a journal. Yesterday was a particularly difficult day for me with lots of emotions coming up and I felt exhausted and really depressed. So, after dinner I got my journal out and just starting writing. I really did feel a whole lot better after doing so – it was like I just transferred all of the emotions out of me onto the page, leaving me feeling less burdened.
Thank you again everyone. I trust you will all have a sober day.