#265 – Think you’re too old to get sober?


Veronica is joined by Cathy, who got sober when she was 76. When Cathy met Veronica last year, she told her she had two choices: she was either going to drink herself to death or get sober. Thankfully, she chose sobriety, and she shares her story and dismisses any limiting beliefs you may have that you are too old or it’s too late to stop drinking.

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about this episode

“Other people, like my husband, can have a martini and a couple of beers, and he’s done. For me, there was never enough.” – Cathy

Many of us have a similar story. What started out as social drinking escalates far outside of our expectations and lands us in significant life and health challenges.

This was the situation for today’s guest, Cathy, who got sober at the age of 76. It was a commitment that required showing up and taking herself seriously – something that was the opposite of the destructive patterns of alcohol consumption. The decision to quit drinking didn’t come easy, but the changes she made were life-altering. There’s a mental clarity, physical wellness, and emotional stability that she was able to access through sobriety that would not otherwise be possible.

Cathy’s story isn’t solely about the struggle; it’s about the life-changing effects of choosing sobriety and its positive ripple across various aspects of life.

In this episode, Cathy and I discuss:

  • Her decision to quit drinking and how she struggled with that decision
  • Cathy’s drinking habits and the recognition that she always wanted more
  • Increased drinking after retirement and the impact on her health
  • The moment Cathy realized she had to quit drinking and the difficulty she had accepting it
  • Navigating social events without drinking
  • The societal perception of older women and the value of life experience
  • Challenging the limiting belief of being too old to make positive changes.
  • How sobriety improved Cathy’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being
  • The role of alcohol as an emotion-inhibitor
  • Cathy’s decision to seek help, the commitment required, and the expectations she had for herself
  • Cathy’s hopes for the future and gratitude for her current blessings
  • The continuous expansion of life in recovery
  • The value of seeking help and sharing your story

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