Hi Tom. I’m an alcoholic who has been sober for just over 2 years now. First things first, thank you for doing service work…..Helping those who still suffer is important.
I honestly don’t know what “Normal” is anymore. What’s normal to one person, isn’t to another. I find I need to look at my life as a whole on a regular basis and really assess what I am doing, what makes me happy, what makes me sad, and what puts me out of my comfort zone. In the last year, even as stressfull as things are in my life, I have found myself not realizing how happy I have become when I’m doing certain things and when i am around certain people. It just happens….I also like to plan things that I know I enjoy doing and then I have something to look forward to…..Also, I am able to determine what causes stress and makes me unhappy and avoid those things as much as possible.
Try and look deeper into your life’s happenings and try to do those things that make you feel good more often.
Medically, there’s all kinds of problems that alcoholism can cause, but you should consult doctors on that one…..
Wish you all the best and “don’t worry, be happy”