I’m Sober At 24. Want To Be My Friend?

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I’ve had an interesting relationship with alcohol every since I dabbled as a teenager. Most people I know saw me as a normal social drinker.

I used to think this too, when ‘normal’ to me was involving alcohol with any meal, event, or change in my life. What people don’t know is that I used alcohol anytime my emotions were heightened, good or bad. I would drink to feel happier or drink to feel less sad. I think the only thing more difficult than sharing the personal choice of sobriety with friends and loved ones is making the decision to stay sober for yourself. My battle ultimately ended in a choice: Stay sober, endure your emotions, and live for true happiness or chase after a feeling that makes love, goals, and life unattainable.

Having a drinking problem is not black and white. Many people believe that either you have a…

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