Sammi's Recovery Story
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’M POSSIBLE!' ” ~Audrey Hepburn
Hey y'all! Samantha aka @the_sober_millennial here! I am a born and raised Chicagoan and have been sober since 1/1/2020! I started drinking my freshman year of college at fraternity parties...so original I know! I felt pressured to fit in and be a "cool girl" with the guys and thought that the only way that I would get other people's attention was with a drink in my hand. Once I started drinking, I did not think I had a problem. I was like every other college-aged kid: bruises from falling, blackouts, mistakes...nothing abnormal there! However, once I got into my later college years and post-college, my blackouts became more frequent and then every time I drank I would blackout.
I chose to quit drinking because I did not like the way I felt when I drank. I hated feeling hungover and the feeling of regret the day after. I knew that I would be happier without alcohol so I started my alcohol-free journey as a New Year's resolution so that less people would question my decision. Since starting my New Year's resolution, I cannot see myself going back to drinking. The best part about being sober is having a clear head on my shoulders and waking up every day motivated to make the most of my day! I love the sober community on Instagram and followed accounts like 1,000 Hours Dry and Laura McKowen to help start my alcohol-free journey. I read books, listened to podcasts, and started discussions with others to hear their stories and learn that my experience with alcohol was not all that different from others. My advice to those who are looking to start their alcohol-free journey is to do it!
You have thought about starting this journey because you have questioned your relationship with alcohol. Know that there are so many resources and people that are rooting you on that when you think you are alone, know you are not! You have thought about starting this journey because you have questioned your relationship with alcohol.