Updated: May 22, 2020
This week we spoke to Allie from @youngdumbsober and we're delighted to share her story!
How long have you been sober?
On May 9th of this year, assuming the world doesn't collapse by then, I'll be sober for three years.
What's your favourite thing about being sober?
This is a really tough question. However, I've gotta say it's been the genuine human connection. When I was active, I felt like so many of my friendships and relationships were surface deep. Since getting sober, I've been able to nourish my long-standing relationships which has brought them to a whole new level of depth. In addition to that, I've had the opportunity to meet new people who share the same core values as me, which has been a true blessing.
What's the biggest lesson you've learned so far?
Just to trust in the process. More specifically, I've learned the importance of maintaining a spiritual life. When I'm spiritually fit, meaning I'm meditating, praying, reading thoughtful texts, and connecting with others who prioritise spirituality, I'm much more aligned with the universe as a whole. I'm much more capable of accepting life on life's terms.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to give up?
I think I'd cater this message specifically to different people depending on their particular reason for giving up. But generally speaking, I would just say to talk to someone who's been there. Connect with a friend, relative, or even an acquaintance you know that's in sobriety or recovery. They can put things into perspective for you and let you know why it's worth sticking around. Other people living successfully in sobriety show those of us who aren't there yet that there's a light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. That's not to say that everything is rainbows and butterflies in sobriety, but for me, it's been a hell of a lot more enjoyable to do life without having drugs and alcohol bringing me down. If you don't know anyone personally, hop online and connect with someone through social media. Or go to a local recovery/sobriety meet up. We're lucky enough to live in a time where all of these networking tools are available to us, and more and more are popping up every day.
Thanks for taking the time to speak to us Allie, and keep doing what you are doing because we love it!