‘This is 3 years and 3 days without a drink. And those 3 extra days are the best of all.’: Mom details sobriety journey, shares words of encouragement

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“This is 3 years and 3 days without a drink. And those 3 extra days are the best 3 days of all.

The first year after I stopped drinking, I’d count the days. I had a tracker app on my phone. I’d count the weeks and months. I’d do the math. I had to be able to see the progress.

The second year after I stopped drinking, I put more into my life. I chose more people. I chose more places. I got myself further away from the last drink in more ways than just seconds, minutes, and hours.

The third year after I stopped drinking, I forgot about the hangovers. I forgot about the mornings laced with self-hate, and the cycle of numbing out and hurting, even more, the next day. Even though I know those days are there in the weakest parts of my old life, I don’t have to feel them anymore.

But these last 3 days, I forgot I stopped drinking. The anniversary passed without me even knowing. I realized yesterday afternoon as I was unloading the dishwasher. I had a huge lasagna in the oven for dinner, and friends on the way to share it with us.

I had laundry to be folded and my man and our four kids huddled together in the living room watching Encanto. It was a Sunday afternoon, 3 years and 2 days after I stopped drinking, and I had so much more than I thought was possible when I had my last drink.

If you want to stop but you’re scared. If you’re trying to stop but you’re struggling. If you’re wondering what sobriety can give you, I can tell you.

It’s a Sunday afternoon. Off in the distance, when you’re so fully lost in the beautiful stupor of a new life, you suddenly remember you’ve forgotten about not drinking altogether.”

Woman takes a selfie 3 years and 3 days after her last drink
Courtesy of Katey DiStefano

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