Does sobriety have to be a lonely place? As I have mentioned before, when I was told I would have to get rid of my drinking buddies it was one of the main things that was putting me off getting sober. I didn’t want to sit in alone every night. I didn’t want to be lonely.
The thought of this absolutely scared me, I didn’t want sobriety to ruin what years I had left of my youth. I’ll admit in the beginning of sobriety and giving up alcohol I suffered from depression and anxiety so I didn’t get out much and my fears had come true. I was stuck in my house alone. Confined by an invisible barrier at all the exits, keeping me confined. But after I had tackled these issues and managed to work on my anxiety all of this has changed.
I started to go to the gym and not only did I lose weight but I was talking to people I hadn’t met before. I put myself out there and I smiled and I said hello. Even if that was as far as a conversation would go it was good enough for me.
I got a dog and I started going for long walks and people would stop and talk to me about my dogs and ask questions and I liked the social interaction.
I also got a job and met amazing women who I now class as close friends. I’ve also been using social media now to connect with other people who have been through similar things to me. Google+ has excellent subject based groups.
Sobriety doesn’t have to be lonely and you shouldn’t let the thought of it out you off getting the help you need. I was lonely after sobriety but I changed and I made an effort to meet new people and it worked. I am not lonely anymore.
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