I don’t care what anyone says, roller coasters suck. They’re dangerous and terrifying and loud.
Here’s the interesting bit. Folks not only have a mental roller coaster available to ride in their brains, they choose to get on it and ride for days, weeks, months and even years at a time, without getting off, when they’re trying, and failing, to get sober.
I know. I rode my mental roller coaster for decades before I finally figured out that all I had to do was get off and stay off. Put the drink down and don’t pick up another one – again. Ever.
Everyone is going to find their own way of getting sober and staying sober, and that’s all that matters. I’m only saying that it doesn’t have to be so exhausting and challenging.
I wish someone would have told me this: “Jennifer, just – don’t reach for a drink. That’s it. Reach for something else. Do something else. Anything else.“