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7 Things I’ve Learned in 7 Years of Sobriety

7 years sober!

Typing that seems surreal. For the seventh anniversary of my sobriety I thought I would conjure a nifty list that may help those new to sobriety. Below you will find seven things I’ve learned in seven years of sobriety.

For clarity sake, when I say alcoholic that includes drug addicts too. Alcohol is a drug. Vice versa.

Live life on life’s terms

This is said throughout the sober community as a way of expressing the acceptance of loss of control. The reality is our control is limited and sparse. Living life on life’s terms is a cliche way of saying accept what you cannot control.

The desire fades

The desire to use or drink fades with time. This isn’t to say that there will not be difficult days full of triggers rather the more time away from your substance of choice, the less you will have cravings.

The world continues to turn

Unfortunately just because we quit drinking doesn’t mean that anyone else will. The reality is there will be people you will come into contact with who will not understand your allergy to alcohol. Same with the sell of alcohol. It will continue in the form of advertising, sports viewing events, and bbq’s.

This too shall pass

The agony of a sober life will lessen as you continue on your journey. The resentments will be resolved, the regrets fade, and genuine apologies are accepted. The pain of your drunken actions will soon be a distant memory.

One is never enough

It’s simple. Keep it that way.

A drink/drug is never the answer

You end up where you were when you left off. Period. It isn’t fun. Not for an alcoholic.

Normal is boring


If you are new to sobriety, congrats! It gets less painful, I promise. Keep your head up. And most importantly, keep it simple. Thank you to all of you for your continued support along my journey. Without it I wouldn’t have made it this far.

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Author: Revenge of Eve

'Eve', the author, discusses issues surrounding mental health. Blogging connects her with other like-minded individuals who share a similar experience. Her humble approach aptly describes her experience as a mom, daughter, sister, and friend who is diagnosed with several mental disorders. She chooses to not allow her co-occurring diagnoses to define her. True to her personality, she creates her own "niche" in the blogging world. Coining her niche "An Unconventional Lifestyle Blog" gives her the freedom to discuss a wide spectrum of topics which culminate to display her multifaceted personality. She elevates her voice using the WordPress platform while she explores avenues to broaden healing, promote growth, and unite with beautiful souls.

23 thoughts on “7 Things I’ve Learned in 7 Years of Sobriety”

  1. Congratulations! -or happy anniversary? It needs its own term because that is impressive. I’ve never had alcohol or drugs but have an addictive behavior pattern so I very much understand the mindset.

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  2. Congratulations! Well done. While I am not an alcoholic, I choose to be sober because it runs in my family (on both sides), and honestly, I like it too much to feel comfortable drinking. 7 years is amazing!! 🙂

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  3. “The agony of a sober life” — this phrase nicely sums up those early days. I don’t think it’s possible to convey what it feels/felt like. I’m about 8 months behind you, and while I still haven’t figured out how to be sober and live a ‘normal’ life, you’re right… the craving is gone.

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  4. Yes, congratulations. You are so worth it all, you are building something very profound and it is asking to be seen. Love will do that, like a flower it wants to be in that sunshine and will slowly show you why as it blooms more beautifully each day. Take a bow my friend, it has taken great courage to reach this place, be proud of it all 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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      1. Glad to have you on board. And it is that belief in you, that love of yourself that has shown you your journey and asking to be set free. Enjoy the sunshine my friend, you have earned it 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋

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