Transitioning from alcohol focused to just life. 1 year, 21 days.

Name: Heldy
Drug of choice: alcohol
Clean date: 7/24/17
Days sober: 1 year, 21 days

I am feeling excited because my daughter and I will begin our DBT skills class today. I actually don’t have as much time as I’d like to check in, but I wanted to share this. It’s been a year since DBT was introduced to me and it changed my life profoundly. I give so much credit to the skills I implemented for my continued sobriety.  The skills gained have been so powerful, it has allowed me to do all my recovery meetings online, remain anonymous, and to honor my introvert nature (not to be confused with isolating – fine line). I had talked about getting into a DBT group ever since leaving treatment, and here it is. It will go for about 4-6 months, once a week. At least that’s the hope. My daughter is giving it a chance, which is all I can ask for.

What I’m working on: Back to basics – mindfulness, emotional regulation

Number of recovery meetings this week: 0 – I’m going to be changing the language on these check ins soon, as they don’t really match my world right now. I will be attending DBT skills class. I can’t remember the last recovery meeting I went to. Honestly, at this point, it’s been helpful to just be living my life. I don’t crave, and the break from thinking about it and feeling more like I’m just living my life has been really refreshing.

Success? I’m coasting and doing pretty well.

Challenge? Yesterday was one of the most challenging days for me work wise, and I realized I really must get back into the habit of mindfulness. Doing it!

Have you felt triggered since group? No

Do you intend to harm yourself or others? No


I’ve not seen this.

Are you open to feedback? Yes

– Heldy


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