Alcohol and Anxiety

What a year it’s been for all of us. I’ve heard people say that we should get a medal for staying sober during Covid. I don’t need a medal, though I wouldn’t turn one down, especially if it was covered in chocolate sprinkles. I think about how I’d be doing during this time if I WERE still drinking. It goes like this: get wasted, be a hungover and anxious mess, drink again. And repeat. When we drink, alcohol releases serotonin which makes you feel good. When that alcohol is gone, the serotonin levels drop. That’s a super basic way to describe it but basically the morning (who am I kidding? The whole day) after drinking we can get feelings of dread and anxiety. I had horrific panic attacks and they got bad enough that I saw a doctor. He asked me if I drank and I told him that I did but in moderation 🤣😒🤣. He saw right through me, as some people do, and said to stop drinking alcohol and using any drug. I was so mad at him! Who did he think he was?! I certainly didn’t take his advice. And I got to the point of debilitating panic ALL THE TIME. I was supposed to fly out to see my sister once and was so panicked that I got off the plane before it could taxi down the runway. I was petrified to drive on highways or bridges. I could NEVER have the sometimes necessary uncomfortable conversations. I couldn’t go anywhere, see anyone, or do anything without being a nervous wreck. It took a while for me to level out and I still get anxious but it’s SO MUCH BETTER NOW. I can deal with my problems and not foresee the end of the world in every little bump in the road. I also don’t need Xanax or Klonopin to function. That shit went down like candy. I had to give my body a chance to heal. Happy Tuesday, sober family! Keep it simple today.


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