I’d woken up beside busloads of unattractive strangers, and was more than ready to bid farewell to the drunken rants, crying jags, and ridiculous battles with boyfriends, friends, cab drivers, cashiers, busboys and bouncers.I thrilled at the thought of never having to experience another hangover.In addition, they incorporate full psychiatric assessment and treatment of medical conditions related to substance use.This Arizona rehab prescribes high doses of AA meetings and backpacking for young guys who not only need to get sober, but also learn the basics (think cooking and cleaning) of living in the real world.So it was probably a good thing that I finally decided to stop drinking in the summer of 2006.By then I’d suffered more than my fair share of embarrassing nights out.
And for those of us who don’t drink, dating can be even more of a mixed bag. Because, in case you missed the memo, most Americans are all about alcohol, especially when it comes to getting hitched (or laid.) We meet for happy hour at five, dine with wine at seven, meet lovers at a bar later on, and make every excuse to have another round.
It's kind of humiliating to recall the ludicrous number of possible love connections I’ve squashed by getting sloshed on a first or second date.
The things that have come out of my mouth—both figuratively and literally, on nights out with strangers, often made me want to crawl into my bed and stay there until Justin Bieber came of age.
He was a considerate guy who held doors open, carried my bike up the stairs and offered to feed my cats when I went away. Things progressed nicely until, while we were cuddled on my couch one night, Craig said, “It makes me sad that we can never have a glass of wine together.” Which, to my hypersensitive brain, sounded like the fact that I didn’t drink was a deal-breaker.
He claimed he was just being honest, and we tried to talk me out of my funk.