Happy Good (Sober) Friday to everyone. It’s a great day for me. I am cutting back on my drinking, and it’s exciting to finally have a handle on something that was a succubus in our lives.
Alcohol is one of those things that is supposed to make normal things ‘fun;’ parties, dances, sporting events, you name it. But the more you drink, the less fun your life becomes. In fact, it can turn into a real train wreck. Your health is affected, and your behavior changes dramatically. What was once a sweet, shy little lady who loved the Lord and enjoyed peaceful evenings in front of the TV is now a hateful, angry, loudmouth who isn’t happy unless she gets her way.
The bottles fill up the recycling bin, which is of course embarrassing, but the cravings are so fierce that the need for another drink trumps the embarrassment.
Life becomes a real ordeal; friendships are destroyed, and other relationships are tarnished because of the habit. It’s never a good scenario, and it doesn’t have a happy ending until someone gains control of their habit. Which is what I did. I decided enough is enough. It’s time for me to gain control of my drinking and say ‘yes’ to a happy, fulfilled, blessed life in the Lord. So here’s what I did:
Red wine is my drink of choice, so I decided to cut down to one glass a night. Just one (actually, two 4-ounce glasses with dinner) and nothing else. Last night was my first night, and today I feel amazing. I am so thankful that God has answered my prayer and has helped me curb my excessive drinking habit.
I finally feel in control, and I know my health will benefit greatly because of it. I am ready to tackle things that were too hard for me before like weight training, losing weight, and getting in shape. I’m excited about what God is going to do in my life now. The possibilities are endless.
If you or someone you love has an alcohol problem, I urge you to pray and ask that the habit be broken by God’s healing grace. However, most people who are excessive drinkers need professional help. I urge you or your loved one(s) to seek this help, because it is the safest, and most effective way to break the addiction. I will have resources available at the end of this post.
Even though being sober means cutting out alcohol 100%, I decided it was best for me to cut back for now; that way I don’t feel deprived. I’m drinking wine the way I used to: slowly and gracefully. So I can still enjoy the taste and not have to worry about cravings when my husband is also having a glass of wine or a beer.
We also have whiskey and vodka in the house; but I’m less likely to overindulge in those, thank God. Maybe this weekend I’ll have a shot with my husband while watching a game. I learned the hard way that I can’t drink wine and then have a strong drink: it makes me crazy. So it’s either one or the other. Since I am cutting back anyway, that seems like a good idea to me.
I’m so thankful to God for His healing grace and love. He has been so patient with me through the difficulties, the pain, the shame, and the body image issues (I’ve put on 20+ pounds thanks to this habit), and I’m ready to give my all to Him so He can heal my body from the inside out.
The body is affected greatly by alcohol; and all of them lead to health problems. Here is an article that I read yesterday online about how excessive drinking affects every area of the body. It was a real eye opener. I’ve experienced a few of these and it’s not fun. I’m praying some of the damage will be reversed as I begin to take better care of my body with vitamins, nutritious food, exercise, and medical care.
Easter is going to be a special weekend for me indeed, because I’ll be sober enough to enjoy it. It’s going to just be the two of us, so no church functions, but we’ll get out and enjoy the fresh air and God’s creation. I’m looking forward to it, and I feel so blessed to have this new leash on life.
Alcohol abuse is a real thing; and it requires medical care if someone has been an alcoholic for a long time. It’s a disease. And if you or your loved one is struggling with alcoholism, I urge them to seek help right away. Here are some resources for you, and I pray that it is helpful to you.
This post is purely personal experience and opinion. I am not a professional, nor do I claim to present myself as such. The information herein is completely taken from my point of view, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice.
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