In May the Blue Ribbon Association had their meeting outside and made it a barbecue. The weather was nice and the sun was shining.
During the meeting the men started to talk about why they didn’t find watching sports fun anymore. They told that watching sports reminds them about drinking beer because in their past watching sports was always connected to drinking. Nowadays, when they are trying to live without alcohol they don’t want to watch sports anymore because they are afraid that it could be a trigger that makes them drink again. The men said that it is quite easy to become sober but it is so hard to stay and live sober if drinking has been the number one activity of the everyday life.
Later the discussion turned to the life stories of the men and their family and relationship problems. Due to their drinking some of the men had totally lost contact with their children. They felt deeply sad, sorry and guilty because of that but some of them had accepted to live without their children.
Some of the men, for their part, meet their kids regularly. For them building good relationships with their children has been the main reason why they wanted to quit drinking.
After all this eating and talking we planned our next group meeting. The men decided that they would like to fix their bikes next time. They had enjoyed this meeting very much and expressed an interest to continue attending the group.