The Sober Ever After SeriesBy Jackie Elliott
Jackie Elliott loves her wine. It makes her feel confident, relaxed and sophisticated. Drinking wine is normal. Drinking wine is fun.
Until it isn’t.
Jackie refuses to believe she has problem, after all she doesn’t live under a bridge, she is still quite thin (and therefore healthy) she can name at least five other people who drink more than her, and she only drinks wine (and the French drink wine, all day long, don’t they?).
But Jackie’s “Drunken Magical Thinking” is propelling her towards disaster. After surviving the disintegration of several relationships, her drinking becomes more than an bad habit.
The party really comes to end when Jackie starts to have blackouts. Not “falling down drunk” blackouts, but complete gaps in her memory after drinking only a few glasses. She can’t recall conversations, phone calls, and most nights, she can’t remember going to bed.
Jackie’s love affair with Wine must come to an End.
“Sober Ever After” is part memoir, part self-help manual and also a perspective on being Sober in a society that is well- lubricated with booze.
As Jackie struggles with her new status as a “sober outlier” she questions why she became a ‘dysfunctional drinker” and how all the social boundaries around alcohol (especially for women) seem to have been re-drawn in the last couple of decades.
What Do I Do Now?
This book is a road map. It doesn’t hold the ‘secret short cut’ to sobriety, because there are none, but it does sign-post you through the “getting sober” and guide you towards “living sober” (two very different things).
This book is full of practical guidance for all the phases of the sober journey – what to do when your first pink cloud dissipates, how do you prepare for your first sober outing, why aren’t your friends cheering you on? What’s up with that?
And when do you actually get to BE sober? And is there life beyond this journey – in the scary new non-drinking world?
This book acknowledges that this journey is dual purpose – to ditch the booze and find oneself – and the power and success of recovery comes when you can use sobriety as a tool in your life, rather than a destination.
Everybody has a unique sober journey – but everyone’s path goes in the same direction. This book will help you get there, hopefully without too many detours.