I'm a Recovering Alcoholic


My doctor exclaimed, “You should consider going to rehab”.

While I took the long walk back home, I realized that alcohol had taken over my life. I was not consuming it anymore but instead it was consuming me.

What did I do next?

I bought a bottle of the finest scotch, went to my room, played heavy metal music and poured myself a drink. Then another one and another one and another one till everything faded to black and I passed out on the bed.

Next morning, I obviously had a terrible hangover but I started googling rehabilitation centres in Bombay. Did I really have an alcohol addiction? Was I a raging alcoholic? Did I need medication and psychiatric help? The questions kept bothering me for the subsequent days and weeks.

I’ve been drinking frequently for almost 10 years but 2014 was when it all began to go south. I used to drink 4 pegs after office on weekdays and binge drink on weekends with friends. My debit card statement for months had transactions of only wine shops, pubs and clubs. That was my life. Drink everyday with anyone and everyone. Be it birthdays, promotions, heartbreaks or a fucking Tuesday afternoon, you’d find me sitting at the bar table with a beer in hand.


It was exhausting and taxing for my mother to watch me drown myself in alcohol and one night she wept uncontrollably beside me. That was rock bottom for me. I’d started hurting the people who cared most about me.

4th Dec, 2019 I decided to quit drinking and I successfully went 84 days straight without a single drop of alcohol. I did not even drink on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve or My Birthday.

Now I enjoy the occasional beer or wine at home with my father and life’s not that bad. Yes I still crave for alcohol but I’ve learnt to control it the hard way.

I did not go to rehab, I made a decision for various reasons and I can proudly say that I’m a recovering alcoholic.

Comments

  1. Proud of you Sunny

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  2. I've known your struggle with alcohol personally over the years and really glad to see that you're trying to quit this addiction.

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    1. Thank you..you've been a constant support ♥️

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  3. You broke the barrier Sanil! Cheers ! :-)

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  4. Encouraging step that will influence others.
    Great.

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  5. Such an amazing article... Really helpful..

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words ❤️

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  6. Pragati RanjankarJune 29, 2020 at 3:06 PM

    Very proud of you my bacha��������

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  7. I have seen you in your prime and looked up to you as you were so strong, seeing you spiral down from there was heartbreaking but like a pheonix you are now rising from your ashes and becoming stronger than what I've known you to be

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kriti ๐Ÿ’•

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  8. Great!!
    No need to drown the worldly worries with alcohol when you can face them and turn your life around.

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