12 Responses to “280 days…and I feel fine”

  1. Mrs D December 22, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Holy shitballs DDG look at where you’ve got to??!! All solid and positive and just so robustly sober. What a fantastic post, I am so happy for you, man you put in some gritty work for sure but look where you are now!! So great. Wishing you an awesome Christmas xxx

  2. changingcoursenow December 22, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Awwww DDG – this was an awesome post. “I’ve come to rely on being sober.” I love that line. Sober is my new best friend, my identity. I didn’t used to LOVE the word sober – sounded like I used to be a drunk. Now I embrace the word. I worked hard to own it. I’m not letting it go. I hope you have the most awesome Christmas and New Year. Enjoy your vacation. Hugs!

  3. carrieonsober December 22, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Well if I didn’t know better I’d say, who is this girl??
    You stuck it out through all of the toddler-but-why-can’t-I-have-it tantrums (I have them too, just you write about it so well!) and here you are, sitting sparkling at Christmas on your long overdue pink clouds.
    I am so happy to read this – there is no fixed amount of time (though we are going to hit a year in the same week!) but if you stick with it, it comes. It’s really is not WANTING to drink/get wasted/be drunk anymore. It’s experiencing so much time where you realise when you add it all up (even the sucky bits) it really is the WAY TO GO!.
    It’s realising it really does rock and your not faking it anymore and you don’t know when you stopped faking it, but you look around and it feels like you have a choice again, but this time you choose sober, rather than it choosing you!
    Happy vacation, I am so proud of you.
    Carrie x

  4. fern December 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    I really needed to read your words today. I’m sober and I’m at the point of no return — like you, I don’t want to go back to drinking — but there’s not much fun in sobriety right now. Thanks for the positive words you offer a glimmer of hope that motivation and joy will return.


  5. furtheron December 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Well done. You’ll get to 300 if you keep doing what you keep doing.

    Just checked my calculator I’ve gone through 3500 days!!!! Just by walking the walk today.

  6. thirstystill December 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    This is a really inspiring post. It’s wonderful to see how far along you’ve come in rethinking the drink, and in changing your whole life in the process. I’m in the middle of that very same rethinking–abstinence? moderation? I don’t know. So it’s great to read about how well things have worked out for you. I especially appreciate what you say about habit–it takes a lot of just plain doing before the feeling comes along with it. Congrats on 200 days! And enjoy that vacation.

  7. happierlikethis December 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    This is so lovely to read and so inspiring. Thank you! X

  8. soberjessie December 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    I needed this today – I screwed up again last night and have been beating myself up quite a bit. But your words are so encouraging that I know I can’t just throw in the towel – the tough parts will suck but the reward is so worth it – I hope! Congratulations on 200 days- wow!

  9. Off-Dry December 22, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    ‘Your story is so much bigger than you know.’ I love this. LOVE it. Thank you (and have a wonderful vacation!).


  10. momma bee December 24, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    Congratulations on 200 days! Your words and Carrie’s response is so motivating. I am taking your word and going to hang on tight to sobriety. God bless everyone around me thru my mood swings and tantrums. I can’t say I read any blogs or heard someone say after a long period of time bring sober it was better going back to drinking. I wish you a Merry Christmad and many blessings in 2014. Enjoy your fabulous beach vacation, you deserve it!

  11. Jocelynn December 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    I just found your blog this morning perhaps serendipity was involved. I “made it”, even enjoyed Christmas, but woke up with an anxious, wandering mind. What you have written is exactly what I needed, inspiring and real! I’ve enjoyed my morning reading your posts. Thank you! P.S. I’ll be at 100 Days when you hit 301 Days!

  12. vinniewithacamera September 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    This is so what I needed to hear right now, in fact I’m almost in tears. After a year long stint with opiates and alcohol I just want my life back, but once you cross that line it feels like nothing will ever be the same without it. And I’ve only been sober oh for about 24 hrs now. It’s such a battle, I don’t even know if I have the willpower to do it as much as I want to, so kudos to you on your ‘almost’ 300 day mark. Your blog has been really inspirational, so for that I am thankful. It’s nice to know not EVERY day will feel like hell. Best wishes.

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