There is not much worse than a hangover. The feeling of headaches, nausea, muscle aches and dehydration make for an unproductive and regrettable day. For years, I have experienced a combo of these feelings at least once a week and it wasn’t just for a few hours in the morning. Most of my hangovers lasted all day. I would lay in bed tossing and turning trying to sleep it off, but I never seemed to get into REM’s. Sometimes with determination, I would get up and move around my apartment, but I couldn’t seem to make it too far. A few steps to the fridge to get a glass of water was about as far as I could handle before crawling back into bed regretting the amount of alcohol I drank the night before.
Days like I described were simply unbearable. If I felt this bad from drinking alcohol, why did I continue to consume the poison that hurt me so much? (Why would you continue to bash your head against the wall if it hurt?) As I study alcoholism and the effects of alcohol, I have learned that this is a disease. A disease that doesn’t allow us to drink responsibly. According to the National Institute of alcohol and Abuse and Alcoholism an estimate of 16 million people in the United States have an alcohol disorder. Having this disorder could mean that you ended up drinking more than intended, experienced cravings to drink, given up on activities that were important or spent a lot of time getting over the after effects. If you think you have an issue with alcohol, you should speak to your doctor about getting the proper treatment and support.
If you have already quit, congratulations on taking steps into sobriety. You probably relate to every word and I’m sure you are feeling better and living life further. Lately, I been feeling pretty good about sobriety. I haven’t had a hangover in 51 days! As time passes, it’s easy to forget the details of a bad hangover. On a flip side it’s also easy to recognize how you feel every morning without a hangover. With brighter mornings, I am more productive and energized. I am getting up earlier each day and working out two mornings a week. I am finding that I am more engaged at work and at school. I am taking pride in what I am doing and living life in a different way. A way I find much more positive and rewarding. If you are considering quitting, I highly encourage you to do so. You have nothing to lose, you only have time and health to gain.
Recovery starts with brighter mornings.