A Man’s Oxycontin Addiction – A Reader’s Story

Sober doesn’t Suck! is a safe place for people to share their stories of being an alcoholic, addict, their addiction and recovery openly and honestly. There is no requirement of sobriety for posting, if you’re concerned about your using I want to hear from you too. I recently received the following article from Nick Sellberg.  I’m honored […]

30 Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes – Because I’m 4 Years SOBER!

4 years sober

Today is the day when I celebrate being 4 years SOBER! This journey has been HARD, every day I must acknowledge my desire to drink and defeat it. I’ve shared with you all so much of my journey; stories about recovery, my family and my faith….all of which have kept me accountable and your comments […]

I Experienced Joy This Morning & This Alcoholic Wanted to Drink

This morning I woke out of a deep sleep to feel the bed beside me being depressed and warm little arms enveloping me. In a not so whispery voice my 10 year old said “Mama, it’s a new day and I just love you.” She scooted in closer as I raised my arm to pull […]

4 years Sober & Turning 41 – It’s my Birthday Week! #SoberBday

alcoholic 4 years sober

February is a BIG month for me personally, this week I’ll turn 41 and celebrate being 4 years sober! I was born on February 9th and I adore Birthday celebrations so it’s been the month to wait for since I was a little girl. Little Julie was known to have a Birthday countdown going from […]

This Alcoholic and Drug Addict Is Telling It Like It Is – Jeff’s Story

My name is Jeff Bertolet and I’m an alcoholic and a drug addict in recovery for the past 5 1/2 years. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming, to make sure this is really me and actually my life. You see I have this alcoholism, the disease of alcoholism, and […]

Tips to Having a Merry Sober Christmas for the Recovering Alcoholic

sober christmas

This is a difficult time of year for anyone who is struggling with alcoholism. With all of the gatherings and social events we are surrounded by alcohol and people who are enjoying it. When a person is new to sobriety or struggling to get to the other side, facing a Holiday is often a hurdle […]

When Life Gets Too Busy It’s Time to Take Stock

November is a month which didn’t mean anything specail to me in my younger years, no holidays, no birthdays…nada. Funny how this has changed as an adult, November seems to the be month where my family is JAMMED this year! Somehow my husband and I have managed to muck up our schedule and we’re running […]

Recovery from Alcoholism – Wordless Wed w/Linky

SoberJulie Recovery from Alcoholism

Today’s wordless Wednesday post was a no-brainer for me when I scrolled across this photo which was taken at a recent photo shoot. I was struck by the lighting, the warm tones remind me of my perspective. In this image I’m standing in a horribly dirty alley with trash strewn all around me and yet….there’s […]

The Empty Mask I Hid Behind Was Alcoholism

mask of alcoholism

I didn’t drink because I needed to. To quell the desire to hide wasn’t gifted me to at birth, rather built over years of fighting to be heard by an imagined foe. Foes hidden all around me, waiting for me to beat them into submission with my intellect and wit. Wit that eluded me at […]

God’s Miracle of the Week – What happened when a sober guy came clean


Lately I’ve been saving my deep thoughts from you all. It’s nothing personal, frankly I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a cocoon with my faith and sobriety and am just in here learning and waiting to share when I can wrap my head around the amazing things God does every day. Sometimes […]

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