Back in the baby bubble sober
Starting Sober
by Startingsober
2y ago
It happened, I survived lockdown, I survived the second wave covid in Melbourne, I survived pregnancy and here I am, a sober mother of 3. I am currently 4.5 weeks postpartum, my doctor and I opted for an early induction due to my due date being during Christmas, so my baby is 4.5 weeks old, a little boy to compliment my two daughters. This postpartum period has been unique, I am so much more vulnerable to the emotions of postpartum because I am not sedating myself with alcohol. This is the first pregnancy I went into as a recovering alcoholic, and therefore this is the first postpartum period ..read more
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Loneliness and Alcohol
Starting Sober
by Startingsober
2y ago
There have been so many experiences over my life when my relationship with Alcohol has intensified, and through soul searching I realise that in addition to all my other excuses to drink, loneliness was a unique trigger. When I was in my mid-twenties I often spent alot of time housesitting, it was a great arrangement because I lived at my parents house (rent free) and would look after work colleagues, family friends or acquaintances houses and pets when they were away. This was a great (and smart) deal from my perspective because I had the independence of a twenty something, without having to ..read more
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12 Months Sober and PREGNANT
Starting Sober
by Startingsober
2y ago
So I have been quiet for a while and I have a special reason why… I am PREGNANT. I am a mother of two children and was pretty sure that we were done with children, especially after my journey through depression, alcoholism and recovery, but things changed. In March, I was getting close to my 12 months sobriety and I was starting to realise I was feeling pretty happy overall in our life. My husband and I have spoken on and off about having a third child, I was pretty sure I was done and he supported that. When I was drinking and in recovery, I was pretty sure that a third baby would be a BIG MI ..read more
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Anxiety – Starting Lexapro (Escitalopram)
Starting Sober
by Startingsober
2y ago
As I have touched on many times throughout my blog, in my opinion, one of my key catalysts that led to alcohol abuse has been my anxiety. Over the past 12 months, I have managed my anxiety in sobriety using different strategies such as essential oils (snake oil), valium (great but doctors wont prescribe regularly because of addiction) and exercise (helps massively but when your heart starts racing you can’t always do a workout!). At the start of the Coronavirus lockdown I had a Telehealth consultation with my GP and was asking for some valium as I was really struggling with anxiety because of ..read more
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How I realised I was an alcoholic
Starting Sober
by Startingsober
3y ago
The longer time since my last drink, the more introspective I have become on my alcoholism and the more wise I have become on the dangers of alcohol and the impact it had on my life. It took me a long time to realise I was an alcoholic and needed treatment, but I am lucky because I realised this in my 30’s and not my 50’s or older. The Early Signs of Alcoholsm My relationship with alcohol has always been complex and when I remember back to my early drinking experiences as a teenager, I always drank to excess, I always blacked out and I could never handle my alcohol. I remember listenin ..read more
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Is Alcoholism Genetic?
Starting Sober
by Startingsober
3y ago
Where did I get my alcoholism from? Is my alcoholism Genetic? Or is this just luck of the draw? Is it because of environmental factors? Or am I just wired badly? This is a question that I often ponder, you see no-one in my immediate family suffers from addiction, my parents have never smoked, they have never done drugs, sure they drink, but only occasionally and socially. But when I look around at my extended family, I see quite a few instances of addiction to both drugs and alcohol. I’ve been doing some research and the Addiction Centre says that alcoholism is not genetic, but there ..read more
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10 Months of Sobriety
Starting Sober
by Startingsober
3y ago
I’ve officially clocked over 10 months of sobriety, 10 months without a drink and 10 months where my life has changed in so many ways. I am so happy because I never thought I would get to this stage, the last time I was sober for a prolonged period was when I was pregnant, and even then I had a sneery wine or two, but now I can officially say I haven’t had a sip of liquor at all. What has been the hardest thing? The hardest part of my sobriety was the very early days, during this time I was getting regular panic attacks when I would normally be drinking. I would also get panic attacks ..read more
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Coronavirus and Sobriety
Starting Sober
by Startingsober
3y ago
So it’s been a while since I have been posting, the reason being is that I have been trying to keep myself busy and distracted in sobriety. However it is time to re-emerge back into the wonderful world of the internet and update you on some of my fears and anxieties at the moment, particularly in this scary time where the world is experiencing a pandemic of Covid-19 (Novel Coronavirus). I live in Australia and like the rest of the world we have started to see a very upwards spike in Coronavirus cases (we are currently sitting at nearly 1,900). Like many other countries our Governments are ..read more
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Sober Life – Not Alcoholic
Starting Sober
by Startingsober
3y ago
I started my journey of sobriety by entering the Alcoholics Anonymous process, I started going to meetings regularly, I got myself a sponsor and started working with her at her house on a regular basis. Then I went on holidays and didn’t get a chance to go to any AA meetings, came home and never re-entered the program. Recently I have stumbled across the Boozemusings blog and this blog has changed the way I have viewed Alcoholics Anonymous and the way I think about myself and my problems with drinking. Until I got out of the realm of Alcoholics Anonymous I didn’t realise that some of the ..read more
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I have had two abortions and I don’t regret them
Starting Sober
by Startingsober
3y ago
I have had an abortion in my life, in fact I have had two abortions and I don’t regret either of them. Last week I finally opened up to a friend about my alcoholism, and what was really incredible as we were both unpacking our emotional challenges as women and mothers, was that we both opened up about having had abortions when we were younger. I don’t for one minute regret either one of my abortions, I never felt connected to the babies, I never wanted the babies and I certainly new within my heart that I didn’t want to be with either one of the potential fathers. My first abortion oc ..read more
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