In the first episode of the “Sober and Happy” podcast, I share my personal journey of sobriety and discuss the potential pitfalls of focusing too much on substances and the recovery model of avoidance.
We discuss my experiences of going through rehab and immersing myself in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), diligently working the steps, and actively participating in the community. Despite staying sober, I found myself increasingly depressed and anxious.
I realized that my focus on alcohol, relapse prevention, and constant vigilance created a mental state of fragility and limited my enjoyment of life and that I needed to shift my focus from the dangers of alcohol to the sober life I want to live.
Although we should use common sense precautions to avoid high-risk situations, fixating on the obstacles increases the likelihood of encountering them.
This realization helped me reshape my identity and I am no longer defined solely by being an alcoholic but by my aspirations, relationships, and personal growth.
I invite you to join me on this journey of self-discovery, where I offer tools and insights for living a sober and happy life.
This would be a great episode if you are asking yourself any of the following questions:
How can I get sober?
Can I get sober without Alcoholics Anonymous?
How can I stop relapsing?
What can I do to break free of my addictions?
Is sobriety boring?