First big test

Last night I went out to the bar with another couple. I saw nearly everyone drinking, but they did so very responsibly. No drunk idiots in the place. I was severely tempted to join them, but ultimately I was able to get it out of my head and just had a few Diet Cokes instead.

They also had a 2 1/2 hour Paint Nite class where a local artist teaches the class how to create a specific painting. The artist was great at teaching the techniques, although it wasn't enough time for me to master them. I have done this once before, when I was coming off of a big night of drinking, and I was shaking so badly I could barely paint anythig at all. That was miserable. This time, being free from alcohol for over 3 weeks I wasn't shaking and had a much more enjoyable time. I'm not good at it, but it's something different that anyone can do while being sober. I can't say I had crazy fun, as I am still working on recapturing the feeling of what it's like to truly enjoy life. I hope the feeling comes back with time. Still, I consider this progress, and I aim to find more activities to do while not drinking in an effort to find true enjoyment in my life.
If anyone happens to read this and is interested I uploaded a pic of my painting to the photos section.
 

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msmermaid
msmermaid

I think your painting is great. Happiness and joy really do return. Just be patient
MSEF96
MSEF96

I am so happy for you! Keep up your great progress. I am not an alcoholic but I have been a cutter what is also addicting and very hard to stop. I accept everyone for who they are no matter what their past is and try to help everyone. I think art is a good way of recovery because I write and it helps me. I am so proud of you! Keep up the good work. :)