Alcoholism Recovery Update – January 3, 2019.

I survived New Year’s. I had the worst craving for alcohol in a long time, but Christina helped me through it by suggesting I drink tea instead.  She coaxed me through lovingly but firmly, telling me, “you’re the strongest man I’ve ever known.  You’re going to get through this.  You’ve got this.”

And I did.  I didn’t touch a drop.

I’ve been on the hunt lately for a brown Fedora because I’m starting to wear brown more often as opposed to black.  So I’ve been searching for the perfect brown Fedora and a couple of days ago, I was looking for something and came across a Stetson hat box in a closet.  I opened it up and found a 5x Beaver Felt brown Fedora. I looked at the receipt and it cost me $600, yet I don’t remember buying it.  Drunk me (RIP) must have bought it and stored it in the closet during a bender. And it’s an absolutely beautiful hat, too, so drunk me obviously had good taste.

So this morning, I had to go out to the post office and wore my brand new Stetson Fedora.  It fits perfectly and two people complimented me on it.

On December 31, I received a ton of money in royalties for my poetry book since sales exploded in Japan.  I earned enough in royalties to pay my bills for the entire month.  I don’t know what has caused the spike in Japanese sales as I didn’t do any marketing in Japan, but word of mouth must have made sales skyrocket.

My arthritis has been bad lately, or perhaps I’m just noticing it more because I’m not using alcohol to dull the pain.  I purchased and began wearing a non-magnetic composite metal bracelet this morning, so we’ll see what effect that has.

Other than that, I continue to feel better every day.  I don’t see the massive daily increases in cognitive ability like I did at first, but I’m definitely thinking more clearly and I’m more creative than ever before.

I’m sure I’ll face more cravings like I did on New Year’s Eve.  But I know now that I can overcome the worst cravings out of sheer will power.

I hope 2019 has already been as good to you as it has to me.  Thanks to Christina and Bethany for getting 2019 off to an amazing start.

-VIS

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