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Published March 2011.

Sober Routines

Her sponsor had some suggestions for how to deal with challenging times in sobriety

This road on Emotional Sobriety has been a tough, but enduring road—as long as I persevere and continue on the path, not my path.

I had my first learning experience after the desire to drink left me: I was 2 1⁄2 years sober and some situations had arisen in my life that I was not aware of. My son was being harmed, and when I awoke from this heavy fog, I can tell you it was all but peaceful and very emotional to stay on the beam. That was in May 1999. I resorted back to my old self; based on fear and anger, I slowly but surely in my mind went back to my old thinking. I slowly but surely was plotting and took back my will. I slowly but surely started planning a scheme, and it was not how to be happy, joyous and free.

-- Cindy L.

Akron, Ohio

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