I think a lot of people find it boring at first. I went through periods of that. The boredom definitely went away after a while though.

I think I first realized I was addicted because I was drinking every night, and started feeling physical symptoms when I skipped even one night. But, some addicts are less extreme than that, and some are more extreme. I wouldn’t try to compare yourself to others, because you can always find someone who was worse off, and it ends up just becoming a justification to start drinking again.

It can be tough for anyone to figure out. When I was quitting, some days I was absolutely sure I had an addiction, and other days I’d tell myself that I was blowing the whole thing out of proportion. It seems like nearly everyone who has gotten sober has gone through these doubts.

Honestly, for me to get through it, I had to stop even asking the question of whether I was addicted or not. As soon as I started debating it, my thought process would spiral until I eventually came up with an excuse to start drinking again.

If you’re having doubts about it, therapists can be helpful too, especially ones who specialize in addiction.

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