Part 1 for those interested
Mick’s ( Mick n Phil ) 9 year alcohol free journey ( PART 1 )
My alcohol free journey began in Early November 2001...
I have to start somewhere and babble on, as it’s hard to know where to start , so
My raging sanity, my raging depression my mental health problems
There were lots of various reasons for it, but it still HAD to be done …I believe in life if your going to do something, then do it, or have a go, but don’t fuffle around, make your mind up, and do it or don’t do it …
In life we only get out what we put in, and some of the best things in life are free, but we have to work out what we want …
Like many youngsters I turned to drink, bad at times, then as years went on had a family, my wife doesn’t touch much drink now a days, but there was a time when should could and did …but fortunately for me, as she is on multiple daily medication, but she still has the odd one or two at times, where as years ago we’d drink and drink, especially if we were going to rock n roll…we’d try and numb the pain of Phillips illness and disability ( but you cannot ) …
The latter years saw a slight drop in alcohol intake , as we’d been nursing Phillip’s intense medical needs …but it was still a worry and concern …
So, come 2001, I was in the planning to return to running, I’d been running but very sporadic, the heavy mileage years had gone , and I knew that as well ( only this time running and pushing my sick and disabled son in his wheel chair …only not once or twice a year , but all year round, every race I could enter …
Many folks said this cannot be done, but I don’t take notice of what others think or say.. It’s what I know .. I’d been known to run half & Full marathons on a gut full of drink form the previous night, mainly cos I’d got the diary wrong …
When Phillip used to go to residential respite, sometimes weekend, sometimes midweek, wife and I used to go out, and down a few with a bite to eat, as our other boys were grown up and left home or leaving home …
I got to a point, I could see my wife deteriorating in health slowly, and thought, just what do I want out of life, ( were going nowhere ), so I set about in my mind, thinking things over, ( as I had been thinking for weeks and months the logistics of running with Phillip …
My driving license was vital to me as I never knew when I’d go to hospital with Phillip, I was a carer and my life had to change - but it was doing it, …so, the journey of alcohol free began one evening in early November 2001 , when Phillip was in respite, we went out and had a meal at Wetherspoons, and I had 1 drink, on way to car park we stopped off in Chicago Rock , we sat for a while with 1 drink, and listened to music, we then felt tired and went home …on the way home to the car park …..
To be continued …
What a cliffhanger!
Da de da......................... Whatever comes next - 9 years alcohol free is an amazing achievement, it's so easy to turn to drink to numb depression and stop us having to think about real life - but it never truly stops it, just delays it a few hours till we're sober again and the only way to get over that is .............have another drink. Fortunately it's not me who drinks but my husband uses it as medication for depression rather than going to the doctors so I understand what it's like.
Good luck anyway Mick, you're always an inspiration to me. x
Keep going Mick!
*drums fingers for part two*
I second what Tigerlily said - put it in print, Mick!
Who needs alcohol anyway.... I haven't consumed the stuff in 8 years and never plan to again. It's pure poison.
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