About

Zen Sobriety is my experience, strength and hope with recovery from alcoholism and living a happy, sober life.

I’ll discuss A.A., but not exclusively.  I’ve had a wonderful life of sobriety.  I’m grateful I have a full and happy life.  It didn’t happen overnight.  But it happened and it can happen for anyone.

I, nor this blog, takes the position that you must go to A.A. to get and live sober.  I acknowledge there are many ways to recover from alcoholism and addiction.

I accompany my A.A. program with plenty of outside literature and other pursuits for a zen life such as yoga, exercise, literature, and meditation.

About the Zen Sobriety Blog

This blog covers sobriety, zen, yoga, fitness, finances, careers, Alcoholics Anonymous (and its literature), relationships … all the stuff life is made up of … from the perspective of a sober person.

Yes, it’s a bit of an eclectic mix of topics.  I find when listening to other people in recovery share I get more out of hearing about their regular life than their addiction history.  After all, putting the plug in the jug is just the start.  Life goes on and living zen sobriety requires dealing with all that life has to offer and deals us.

I’m not an addictions expert, doctor, psychologist, financial planner, personal trainer or any other expert.  I’m just another sober person sharing my experience living a sober life.

About me

I loved alcohol the first time I got drunk.  I was hooked.  I drank as much as I could as often as I could until I simply couldn’t stop.  It didn’t take long.  I went to my first A.A. meeting in my early twenties.

I did the revolving door process for a year.  Then lo and behold I was sober for 3 years.  But I was miserable.  I went back out.

After 2 more years of drinking, I gave A.A. another go.  I was humbled and hit a bottom unlike anything else I had hit before.  Recovery took and I’ve been sober since May 2003.

I was fortunate to get introduced to A.A. at a relatively young age.  It didn’t stick initially, but it didn’t take long until I realized I was truly powerless over alcohol and that my life was unmanageable.

I’m married with one child and have a terrific job as an online publisher.

I’ve managed to build a happy life which I did not think possible in the early days of my sobriety.  It’s not a perfect life, but it’s a great life and I’m grateful.  Faith and action gave me what I call zen sobriety.