My journey to quit alcohol was two years coming. I spent a lot of time reading and reflecting on giving up alcohol for good. Below is a list of resources that I've found useful during my journey to sobriety.
My struggle with alcohol was very private. The Husband didn't even know how I felt about my drinking. There was one book that got me thinking about my drinking and how it was the one thing holding me back from being who I wanted to be in life. This book sparked my curiosity about alcoholics and my relationship with alcohol.
In 2013, I ran my first and so far only half marathon. It was amazing. I look back and see that time as the birth of the small voice in my head about my drinking. I fell in love with the consistent goal setting, increasing the mileage each week and hitting that number. I felt completely empowered.
I spent several months quitting alcohol and then starting up again. I never made any public declarations, just quietly stopped drinking. This way when I started up again, it was not a big deal to anyone around me. I knew I had to quit drinking, but I couldn’t accept it. I kept thinking that I could control it once I got some distance between my every night drinking, but inevitably I was back to drinking a bottle of wine each night.