It’s New Year’s Eve and, so long as I make to midnight without drinking, I have been alcohol free for 365 days. The whole of 2014. Crikey. This is such a relief, and it seems too unreal, too unlikely, to feel anything other than amazement.
I wrote here about how I did it: making not-drinking my number one priority; getting support from the sobersphere; regular treats etc. Alcohol misuse and depression feed into each other until it can be hard to disentangle one from the other, but I firmly believe my drinking started as a response to my depression.
It wasn’t until I had got the depression under a bit more control – although I was still drinking heavily – that I was able to concentrate on the not drinking.Â It won’t be like that for everyone. Trial and error is perhaps the answer.
I recently met a ‘sober blogger’ for coffee, having started a correspondence viaÂ A Hangover Free Life. Lou’s website and her online course are well worth a look and I am very excited to be working on some information about depression for the course.
So here’s to 2015 and another year alcohol-free for me, all being well.