I saw your article on CNN and I am an alcololic starting on my new journey of soboriety. It’s going to be hard because my husband and are having marital problems mostly he says because of my drinking. I am a high functioning alcoholic who works full time at my company for over 15 years. I am doing this for me, my daughter and my husband. Please pray for me that I can do this.
I’m not sure how to start a new here so I’ll leave my comment as a reply to the most recent topic.
My wife is an alcoholic.
I just finished your book. I laughed. I cried. I reflected. Still doing all of the above actually. Thank you so much for putting your life out there for me to read and consider how I might apply some of your notions in my life. Your work is helping.
The thing about quitting and recovery is… you just never know if THIS is the time, or if THIS is the day everything will begin to get better. No one can tell you or predict the day or induce it like labor and make it happen before complications make it too dangerous by putting a needle in your arm and a bag of labor-inducing drugs flooding through your veins. Boy did that suck when I finally got it! Truly, the ‘no easy way out of this one lightbulb moment’ was almost more than I could bear. And I know that for me, that realization had to happen before recovery could begin, and thank God it occurred before the end really WAS the end. I wish I could fast forward struggling addicts to the day, to the very second they turned the corner, but it doesn’t work that way. Shelly, I hope you are continuing to do the next right thing, regardless if your husband is by your side or not. It is truly amazing what we can accomplish when we decide we are ready to go for it. Love and Blessings!!
I just finished your book and really loved it. I am almost one month in and started a blog as a journal to wade through my thoughts. It is anonymous, as, like you were in the beginning, I’m just crazy private about all this. I thought you might like to see that I wrote about your book today, though, as one or two people do stumble upon this and hopefully more will in the future, when I’m rocking one year sober. Thanks for your bravery—it did me good.
I just wanted to say thank you for writing this book. After hitting my rock bottom a couple years ago, I have recently quit drinking for good. I thought I was ok because I took care of my family, kept a clean house and still managed to socialize. I was so wrong, my life was spiraling out of control and my husband was threatening to divorce me after 20 years of marriage.
Your book became like a friend to me, someone who had been where I was and triumphed over this beast. I couldn’t wait to read a few pages here and there. I looked forward to hearing about what challenges you were facing and how you overcame them. I have to admit I was a little sad to finish the book and I miss hearing about all of your adventures. That and the food, you should write a cookbook next, the dishes you talked about in the book sounded delicious:)
Again, thank you for writing such a great book. I can only imagine how difficult it was for you to publish this type of subject matter about people you love with such honesty and candor. I appreciate it more than you will ever know:)