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How to Get Past "Forever Sober" Thinking with Co-Hosts Anne and Leigh Walkup

To 50 and Beyond - Sobriety for Midlife Women

Release Date: 09/13/2023

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To 50 and Beyond - Sobriety for Midlife Women

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Episode 262 

Hello friend! I'm glad you're here! 

Today, we come together to talk about one of the biggest challenges most of us face when standing at the crossroads of "Do I continue to drink?" or "Do I go alcohol-free?" is the fear of never drinking again if you choose to take a break or go all into an alcohol-free lifestyle. 

"Forever sober" thinking is real, but it doesn't have to hold you back from being alcohol-free today. 

In this episode, we talk about “going all in” on an alcohol-free lifestyle, committing to yourself and your choice not to drink on a day-to-day basis, the drain of decision fatigue, the reality of day ones, and the gals share their experience with the choices they made to protect themselves in early sobriety.

Thank you for listening! x

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