A little over a year ago, at 20 years old, I took my last sip of alcohol. That's right -- I've never even had a legal drink. Instead I've had lessons -- some of them obvious, others blessings in disguise.
I believe there is a way to gain our power back, and even taking a break one night a week gave me reason to be proud of my efforts to start to change my life for the better. And it showed me that I was committed to myself and the things I truly wanted to accomplish in life.
I still have an occasional glass of wine or a cocktail with someone close to me, someone who understands what I've dealt with, but now that ordering a drink is not a given, I think about whether I really want it. Usually, I'd rather eat ice cream.