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The Demon in the Bottle…

Dear Diary,

Addiction is a motherfucker. Ever since I was a teenager (and a bit even before that), alcohol has been a mainstay in my life, something that was attached to almost all of my fondest memories. To put it bluntly, I drank alcohol like most people drank water. When I made the conscious decision to turn my life around, I knew that was one of the first things, if not the first thing, that had to go. So shortly after my Baby Squirrel quit smoking cold turkey because of her breast cancer, I was inspired to do the same with alcohol. I mean, if she could do it, I could do it, right? So, on April 18, 2021, I quit drinking cold turkey.

I wish I could tell you some generic ass shit like, ‘and I never looked back’ or ‘now I feel so much better’ or [insert generic statement here], but I can’t. It’s hard. Extremely hard. And every day is a struggle I feel I will ultimately lose. I have learned a few tricks to get through the day, however:

  1. When the urge to drink gets really bad, I find a hobby that sounds entertaining and immerse myself in it. Before long, the urge to drink is (usually) gone.
  2. If that doesn’t work, I try and talk to my Baby Squirrel about it, and she can usually talk me down. Or I may reach out to one of my Patreon or Subscribestar members, as I have become quite close to most of them.
  3. If even that doesn’t work, I work out. I have a normal daily workout regimen, but can’t think of anything else to do when the thirst gets this bad. Luckily, it hasn’t reached this point in a long time, though it’s been getting close lately.

I know some of you out there have quit drinking, so maybe you can help. Outside of going to AA (which I absolutely refuse to do), what have you found the most effective? Hit a loli up and let me know.

I appreciate it.



“As an alcoholic, you will violate your standards quicker than you can lower them.”

Robin Williams


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