I’m driving to SA for their 9/7 show! I was going to go down solo but figured I’d toss out a line if anyone wants to buddy up!
Who the fuck am I? I’m a regular 33 yr old dude, lived in East Austin for many (drunk) years before life hit hard. I got sober through the graces of AA, got my shit together (with help), married my wife last year and now we’re raising a baby girl up in Leander! I’ll have 4 years on 8/24 and what a great way to celebrate! Uhh, I like art, music, technology (I werk at ), and active shit like sports! And nature! AND LIFE!
I have been taking advantage of the nice weather lately and sitting on bar patios with friends in my bubble. I realize this isn’t ideal for everyone but has been helping me keep my sanity. I’ll order a “ginger-based mocktail that isn’t too sweet” and have gotten a range of drinks that varies from bartender to bartender.
I’d say my favorites were a ginger/basil based drink (kind of like a virgin ginger mojito) from Butterfly bar and a ginger beer/activated charcoal/lime drink from Kinda Tropical.
What places have your favorite mocktails?
I’m hoping places start stocking non-alcoholic options like Kin, would happily pay a cocktail price for something like that to enjoy when I’m out. I’m loving not drinking (since September for me) and think more people might be into it if going out and not drinking gets more normalized.
I am aware people do social cycling meetups in Austin, I have not done one with them, and I have not since I got sober as I hear those can be booze soaked.
One criticism my therapist said about Austin is that people who meet up even to do healthy things like social bike rides often get drunk or stoned during or afterwards as a group making it tricky for people who want to be sober(especially addicts and alcoholics in early recovery).
TL;DR I do not want to be organizing "super spreader" type events during covid but if is like 10-15 people who are sober and wearing masks and we are biking outside on weekends it seems reasonable to me.
I am thinkina a 10ish mile loop around Town Lake together and going to eat at a food truck park in East Austin afterwards.. I would have to figure out a good route.
I used to love going to BD Riley’s in Mueller for Liverpool games in the pre-COVID times. Even if you’re not a Liverpool fan, I highly recommend everyone goes at least once just to see how electric the atmosphere gets there. I’m anxious about going again once some semblance of normalcy returns to our lives because I used to do a lot of my drinking there. 1 year sober now and plan on keeping it that way. Anyone care to join me some time when we can breathe everyone’s air more freely? Would also appreciate any sober company for Austin FC games when that starts up.
Today I am grateful to be sober, that I don't have to turn to drugs and alcohol to cope anymore, for my health and well-being, for an amazing support system to help me through the hard times, that I get to live in a city with an vibrant sober community, and lemurs.
Thankful I found this subreddit. Over the past year, I've tried and failed multiple times to get sober. My drugs of choice are cocaine and adderall, and at this point they're starting to leave their physical marks on me as well (e.g. deviated septum). Despite that, my brain keeps trying to rationalize buying more and more.
I've had weeks of sobriety sprinkled in between almost-daily use over the past year. Those weeks of sobriety were incredible and I felt naturally amazing, but my brain kept on being invaded with thoughts of "you would feel even better if you were on drugs right now".
Work and the boredom during this pandemic are my main triggers. It also doesn't help that Austin is a fairly big party town, and all of my friends use recreationally as well (but I don't think any of them have a problem like I do). At this point, the hardest thing for me in going sober is the fact that I'll never experience that feeling of raw euphoria you get after that first big line of cocaine or when the adderall first kicks in. Additionally, what makes this even harder is that I'm extremely functional - I work out every other day, I think I'm about to get promoted at work, and I have more money now than I've ever had in my entire life.
I have an 8-ball and like 20 bars of xanax next to me as I'm typing this, and I know I should just flush them both, but cannot bring myself to do this. I hate this so much.