My name is Christoph and I intend to start going to AA/sobriety meetings. I'm 36 and I live in South Philly. I am so glad I found the sobrietyonline.org resource and I wish I'd found it sooner. I've basically recognized the fact that I cannot fool myself into thinking that I can safely drink. One drink becomes 2 and 2 becomes 3 and so on until I pass out or am out of "adult beverage". It sucks! My wish is to embrace a sober lifestyle to save my own life, restore my health and creativity. I'm a writer, a musician, and an artist. Alcohol is draining my creative abilities and deteriorating my social life.
So I've found a good list of meeting places and times in the area and that's a good start that I feel really good about. I feel really good about communicating with people through this forum. Of course, I feel a little anxious, a little skittish, but I guess that's natural. New beginnings are usually a bit hard.
I don't want to drink anymore and I need to find like-minded friends and establish a new support system.
I took my first drink on my 15th birthday, yet I didn't become a "recreational" drinker until I was about 24. In the past 2 years, my drinking has become an every-other-day affair, after I was assaulted and robbed. It ends now! I've been seeing good counselors and my next step is attending regular meetings.
Thanks for reading.