Megan Camille - Youdonthavetohitrockbottom

Megan Camille - Youdonthavetohitrockbottom Welcome! I created this page to share my experience catching my growing dependence on alcohol, early. I did not hit a proverbial "rock bottom" - Instead, I decided that alcohol was no longer serving me and made the choice to stop drinking it.

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01/09/2021

Today is TWO YEARS without a DROP of alcohol. To say that I am proud of myself would be an understatement. I will celebrate out-loud today, as I do everyday, and continue to shine a light on SOBRIETY. It has been the greatest gift I have ever given to myself and my family. Good morning friends, today is Saturday and I am grateful for you, this community - my heart could explode.💖💖
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When I decided to quit drinking alcohol because it was no longer serving me, I found that everyone I told had a differen...
01/08/2021

When I decided to quit drinking alcohol because it was no longer serving me, I found that everyone I told had a different opinion about that decision. If I had listened to those opinions, I would still be drinking alcohol, even more dependent and miserable.

Tomorrow, I get to celebrate 2 YEARS alcohol-free. When it comes to taking care of ME, the only opinion that matters is MINE.

Good Morning friends, today is Friday and today I will choose not to drink alcohol because that is what is best for ME. 😘


Sober Not Sorry brand was created to inspire, empower and motivate living SOBER PROUD! It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH. www.sobernotsorryshop.com

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I saw this today in the JUNIORS section at Target.  This is not funny or cute or "just a joke." Messaging like this only...
01/08/2021

I saw this today in the JUNIORS section at Target. This is not funny or cute or "just a joke." Messaging like this only progresses and normalizes the Mommy Wine Culture contorted narrative that Mom's need alcohol to cope with life.

Somewhere along the line, we have missed that alcohol is one of the most highly addictive substances on the face of the planet and is also a GROUP 1 carcinogen (Same as Tobacco). Alcohol sales in this country have reached unprecedented levels during the pandemic and there are millions of women struggling; alcohol addiction is a public health crisis right now.

In the Juniors section Target really? What message does that send to our kids? Just because alcohol is legal doesn't make it any less addictive or lethal. How about a "Mama needs to Pop a Pill" hoodie or Mama needs to Blow a Line" crop top because that would be f*cking hilarious too!

MAMA'S DON'T NEED WINE - they need huge love and support right now. I expect better from a store that caters to Moms and their kids. Please stop.

#mommywineculture #normalizesobriety #momsdontneedwine #sobermom #sobriety
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Sober Not Sorry brand was created to inspire, empower and motivate living SOBER PROUD! It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH. www.sobernotsorryshop.com

This is a very honest perspective on what going alcohol-free feels and looks like in the beginning.  It took time to adj...
01/07/2021

This is a very honest perspective on what going alcohol-free feels and looks like in the beginning. It took time to adjust, but now that I have, I know I am never going back.😘

I HATED sobriety.

I didn’t magically feel better. The first weeks, I was just as anxious, lethargic and depressed.

The first few months, I wanted to escape from my own mind, more than anything.

I still felt stuck, and barely surviving.

Physically, I still felt exhausted. I thought I would at least loose some weight, I didn’t. I thought my skin would magically improve, it didn’t.

I didn’t “perceive” any instant benefits. All the “benefits” really started to kick in for me after 6 months. Everything just felt 10 times harder and I hated being in my own head.

I didn’t have the coping skills, any self-esteem, any drive to do anything. It felt like I had to rebuild myself from scratch.

Sobriety is so much more than not drinking. Not drinking, is step one; that enables you to actually see and work on all that other sh*t that is dragging you down that you used to mask with booze.

If sobriety feels hard, to me, that’s the biggest sign that sobriety is the right choice for you. People who don’t have a drinking problem don’t find sobriety hard.

If you spend most of your adult life, building your life, personality and hobbies around booze, it’s going to take time to rebuild.

If you used alcohol to cope with your feelings, everything is going to feel a lot harder at first.

But every time I chose myself over booze, it got a little tiny bit easier, until it felt easy.

Every time I chose myself over booze, I grew stronger, until I actually felt strong.

And every time I chose to deal with what was bringing me down instead of drowning it in alcohol, I healed, until I finally felt whole.

So if you’re feeling crappy in early sobriety and not loving the sh*t out of it, that’s okay, even normal.

The benefits of sobriety can take some time to kick in, don’t give in right before they do.

When you are in a toxic relationship with alcohol it can feel as though you are going around and around repeating the sa...
01/07/2021

When you are in a toxic relationship with alcohol it can feel as though you are going around and around repeating the same destructive behavior. Like you can't get off......but you CAN.

I was caught in this vicious merry-go-round and it slowly started eating away at my self worth and my self confidence - basically the depressant drug worked.

This is what sobriety feels like. One word - FREEDOM. Good Morning friends - today is Thursday and I have seen this image so many times but never in color so I had to share! 🤗🤗
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Sober Not Sorry brand was created to inspire, empower and motivate living SOBER PROUD! It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH. www.sobernotsorryshop.com

I would come home from work and sink into 2 or 3 or 4 glasses of Pinot Grigio to relax and "destress".  I started to dri...
01/06/2021

I would come home from work and sink into 2 or 3 or 4 glasses of Pinot Grigio to relax and "destress". I started to drink alcohol to manage the anxiety that only the alcohol was causing. After that temporary buzz wears off, alcohol goes to work feeding existing anxiety.

Since I have chosen to be alcohol-free I have learned new ways to cope with stress and anxiety. Natural ways of helping my body and mind calm down. They have proven to be far more effective than chugging wine.

Good morning friends, today is Wed and if someone could enlighten me on what yoga "nidra" is that would be awesome! Here we go - over the hump together! ☕🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️😘


Sober Not Sorry brand of apparel was designed to empower, inspire and motivate us to live sober proud. It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH! www.sobernotsorryshop.com


#changethenarrative #mentalhealth #normalizesobriety #soberlife #sobernotsorry
#soberforthehealthofit #soberaf #alcoholfreemovement #alcoholfree
#sobercurious #sobernotboring #sober2021

What an awesome way to start off the new year!!! Quit Like A Woman - if you haven’t read it— grab yourself a copy! Must ...
01/05/2021
Chrissy Teigen says book helped her quit drinking

What an awesome way to start off the new year!!! Quit Like A Woman - if you haven’t read it— grab yourself a copy! Must read QuitLit! This is a fantastic feature/interview on mainstream about sobriety!!

Whether you like her or not Chrissy Teigen is opening up about struggling with alcohol like SO MANY OF US DO, instead of being ashamed of her growing dependence, she’s choosing to celebrate her sobriety!!! Thank you!!!👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻

She is going to help change the narrative with her 33.5 million followers!! Holy Cow! Just remember, I “came out” sober before she did! 😂😂😂😂


Sober Not Sorry brand of apparel was designed to empower, inspire and motivate us to live sober proud. It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH! www.sobernotsorryshop.com


#changethenarrative #mentalhealth #chrissyteigen #hollywhitaker #normalizesobriety #soberlife #sobernotsorry
#soberforthehealthofit #soberaf #alcoholfreemovement #alcoholfree
#sobercurious #sobernotboring #sober2021

Chrissy Teigen says Holly Whitaker's 'Quit Like a Woman' helped her quit drinking.

My drinking went from a couple days on the weekends to every night. I would tell myself ‘I deserve this’ or ‘I earned th...
01/05/2021

My drinking went from a couple days on the weekends to every night. I would tell myself ‘I deserve this’ or ‘I earned this’. However, as I started to become more dependent, I found that I was rewarding myself for most everything with alcohol. Six loads of laundry? Mama earned this cocktail! It happened so slowly...it was just so easy to pour a drink.

I had to re-learn how to celebrate and reward my hard work in healthy, productive ways. It took some time, but the work is worth it. I prefer the person I am when I am alcohol-free.

Good morning friends, today is Tuesday and I am coming out SOBER today!💕💕


Sober Not Sorry brand of apparel was designed to empower, inspire and motivate us to live sober proud. It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH! www.sobernotsorryshop.com


#changethenarrative #mentalhealth #normalizesobriety #soberlife #sobernotsorry
#soberforthehealthofit #soberaf #alcoholfreemovement #alcoholfree
#sobercurious #sobernotboring #sober2021

I prefer who I am when I am sober! Good Morning friends- back to the routine- I’m not sure if I am happy about that or n...
01/04/2021

I prefer who I am when I am sober! Good Morning friends- back to the routine- I’m not sure if I am happy about that or not but my kids go to school today and I KNOW I am thrilled about that!!🤣☕️☕️ Off to a great start!!


Sober Not Sorry brand of apparel was designed to empower, inspire and motivate us to live sober proud. It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH! www.sobernotsorryshop.com

It is bad enough that we have an enormous public stigma associated with addiction and recovery, but the stigma is just a...
01/03/2021

It is bad enough that we have an enormous public stigma associated with addiction and recovery, but the stigma is just as bad for SOBRIETY.

How can we expect more people to be motivated to recover if the end goal (to be drug/alcohol free) has just as bad of a social stigma and negative opinion? There are a million reasons why people are sober or choose to be sober. Sober is NORMAL.

Living drug and alcohol free is something to be admired and respected, not judged and vilified. It is something that we should aspire to be - it takes hard work being 100% you and not reaching for a substance to cope with life. Being sober should be viewed not as a negative, but as a pillar of mental and physical health.👊💪.

By re-branding sobriety, we might have a chance to inspire, empower and motivate people to either get help - or not pickup in the first place. Let's make being sober an AWESOME thing to be -- BECAUSE IT IS. 😘♥😍


Sober Not Sorry brand of apparel was designed to empower, inspire and motivate us to live sober proud. It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH! www.sobernotsorryshop.com


#changethenarrative #mentalhealth #normalizesobriety #soberlife #sobernotsorry #soberforthehealthofit #soberaf #alcoholfreemovement #alcoholfree #sobercurious #sobernotboring

Now that I am sober do I think alcohol should be banned?  Absolutely NOT in no way shape or form!!  Good Lord, if you dr...
01/03/2021
Less than half of Americans know that alcohol is a carcinogen. Big Booze wants to keep it that way.

Now that I am sober do I think alcohol should be banned?

Absolutely NOT in no way shape or form!! Good Lord, if you drink, drink! If you smoke, smoke! I couldn't care less if that is your educated choice.

My choice to drink alcohol wasn't educated. I had no idea what the hell I was mindlessly ingesting everyday. I drank alcohol because my parents drank it. I drank alcohol because my friends drank it. Never did I stop and question it because that wasn't cool. That wasn't fun. That would have been considered lame and boring. I wanted to be part of the party! Instead, I was party to complete and utter ignorance and I was the hostess with the mostest.

What I do advocate for is well-designed warning labels that are put on alcohol and that the marketing of alcohol is regulated and controlled, exactly like cigarettes. We have the science, what's it gonna take? We deserve to know what "Mommy Juice" is if our society expects us to drink it. Excellent article - I dare you to read it😉
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“The tobacco industry pioneered this by manipulating the science on heart disease and cancer, by hiring researchers who pretty much get on their payroll and then create doubt about the linkages,” said Thomas Babor, a professor of public health science at the University of Connecticut and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. “The alcohol industry is not doing anything different. They really see science as a threat to their viability.”

The alcohol industry regularly spreads misinformation to obscure booze’s cancer link. Public health groups are demanding label warnings to give consumers clarity.

I'm done explaining.  Alcohol is the only drug on the planet others expect a REASON why you don't drink it. I am unapolo...
01/02/2021

I'm done explaining. Alcohol is the only drug on the planet others expect a REASON why you don't drink it. I am unapologetically alcohol-free and this year - I will proudly own it. 💪👊 Good Morning friends, today is Saturday and I am fired UP!!!
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Sober Not Sorry brand of apparel was designed to empower, inspire and motivate us to live sober proud. It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH! www.sobernotsorryshop.com


#changethenarrative #mentalhealth #normalizesobriety
#soberhealth #soberforthehealthofit

Alcohol (ethanol) is a highly addictive substance.  Alcoholics don't get addicted to alcohol, humans get addicted to alc...
01/02/2021

Alcohol (ethanol) is a highly addictive substance. Alcoholics don't get addicted to alcohol, humans get addicted to alcohol. There is NOTHING abnormal about you.
Inspired by Celeste Yvonne
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Sober Not Sorry brand of apparel was designed to empower, inspire and motivate us to live sober proud. It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH! www.sobernotsorryshop.com


#mentalhealth #changethenarrative #normalizesobriety #soberlife #sobernotsorry #soberhealth #soberaf #alcoholfreemovement #alcoholfree #soberforthehealthofit

01/01/2021

There’s no better way to start off a brand new year!🎉🎊🎈Good morning friends, welcome to 2021 - One year with 365 opportunities for growth and change. Are you Ready? Are you Set? Let’s GOOooooo!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼👊🏻☕️☕️…
Sober Not Sorry brand of apparel was designed to empower, inspire and motivate us to live sober proud. It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH! www.sobernotsorryshop.com

BOOZE FREE – I LOST 27lbs! I posted back in July that after a year and half of sobriety, I was ready to tackle some extr...
12/31/2020

BOOZE FREE – I LOST 27lbs! I posted back in July that after a year and half of sobriety, I was ready to tackle some extra body weight I had been carrying around for years and years. When I started my sober story, I didn’t try to lose weight AND stop drinking at the same time. My priority was to go alcohol-free and I was going to do whatever it took. That meant easing cravings for alcohol with sugar.

Because sugar hits the exact same dopamine receptor in our brain that alcohol does, it can ease cravings for alcohol in a pinch. My first few months sober I would sip full-syrup margarita mixer between 5p-7p, when I craved wine. I ate bags of Jolly Ranchers and Werther’s Original Hard Candy, those were my go-to when I felt like I wanted to drink.

It worked and as the cravings eased up, so did my compulsion to eat sugar. I continued however, to make not drinking the priority until I felt stable. It wasn’t until the middle of this July, that I was ready to tackle the weight.

I was just as good at hiding the extra pounds I was carrying around as I was about how much alcohol I was drinking. In both scenarios, I was also good at halfway convincing myself that I wasn’t “that bad.” Deep down though, in those quiet still moments where I couldn’t run from myself, it bothered me. It bothered me that I drank as much as I did and it bothered me that I was carrying around weight that I knew I didn’t need.

Everyone on the outside told me I looked amazing and great; they also told me that I wasn’t “that drunk.” So why did I feel so embarrassed and ashamed after a hard night of drinking? Why, when I looked at myself naked in the mirror (which I avoided almost always), was I disappointed in the health of my body?

Because I knew that I could do better. I knew that I was capable of so much more. I knew that I was not living up to my potential.

It took me 6 months to slowly take the weight off. I was patient with myself just like I was when I stopped drinking alcohol. I fed my body good foods and I walked my dog a lot more. There was no miracle diet – I did Weight Watchers Digital-Green which helped me re-learn what a normal portion was and added a ton more fruits and veggies to my meals to keep me feeling full. Like sobriety, the first few months were really hard, then it got easier.

My experience losing weight this time was completely different than all the other times before. This time I set myself up for success because my body was alcohol-free. Before I got sober, I had never been able to lose more than about 8-10lbs without putting it right back on. I noticed this time I was able to stay consistent with my diet and workouts; I wasn’t constantly getting de-railed with boozy weekends and greasy recovery food. I noticed I wasn’t having to negotiate and fight food calories vs. alcohol calories; I didn’t skip meals to drink alcohol this time.

The biggest difference I noticed with booze-free weight loss was that my mind stayed fit and focused. I was able to stay motivated which was so hard to do in the past. Mentally, I was stronger and even keeled. I stayed more positive, even though it took a long time. I was able to stay patient and have an unwavering belief in myself every day. Sobriety gifted me the self confidence I needed to lose the weight.

I quit drinking alcohol for no one else but me. I lost 27 lbs. for no one else but me. When I go to sleep at night, even though I am next to my husband, I am alone. I put my head on my pillow thinking my own thoughts, believing my own beliefs and feeling my own feelings. If I stay brutally honest with myself and stay sober, I will remain capable of changing and improving things that bother me deep down. I will also have the courage to love myself enough to maintain them.

Happy New Year!


Sober Not Sorry brand of apparel was designed to empower, inspire and motivate us to live sober proud. It's time we glamorize sobriety and the powerful choice to be alcohol-free not as a trend but a pillar of HEALTH! www.sobernotsorryshop.com

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The normalization of drinking alcohol to cope with the struggles of being a Mom almost took me down…..because OOooPs.... I got addicted. I bought into the distorted group think that wine was my key to survival. A reward at the end of a hard day managing a career, a home and a family. I felt like I earned the right to drink every night, I felt like I deserved it.

Before I quit, I believed that I needed alcohol. I couldn't fathom having any fun at a work event, feeling any joy at a dinner party or being able to relax on a Friday night......or any night. I feared that if I quit drinking, I would lose friends, couldn't make friends and my relationship with my husband would suffer.

I became aware of my addiction early and broke up with alcohol Jan 9, 2019. I didn’t have to Hit Rock Bottom to realize alcohol was no longer serving me, I just had to wake up. I am grateful every single day that I did.

I live outside of Boston, MA but I am from Austin, TX and will always be a southern girl at heart. I moved to New England in 1999 and fell in love with the seasons and to my husband, Mike! We have two children - Boy (13) and Girl (10).

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