80 Days Sober!
In March of 2017, I witnessed the death of my best friend on a backpacking trip in Peru. I’d been abusing alcohol for six years, but in the months after her death, I spiraled out of control. My depression and grief were immense, debilitating, and overwhelming. Even after I started processing the tragedy, alcohol would bring it all back. Every drunken night brought me back to that day, and I was too hungover each morning to move toward healing.
After a few weeks of therapy and some low dose SSRIs, I was able to get out of bed, take a walk, eat breakfast, call home, and slowly, intentionally, I got sober. Sobriety didn’t fix my problems or cure my depression, but it’s given me the time and energy to work on my health. I’m the proud new owner of a 24 hour day, and I’m thankful for all the time I’ve gained not being constantly wasted. Top pic of me in august 2017. Bottom of me now. I’ve lost almost 20 pounds, my skin isn’t so blotchy, and there’s light in my eyes again!