Welcome to The Alcoholic Texan Blog. On these pages I will attempt to document and inform you, the gentle reader, about my life in recovery. Not just how it was before sobriety but, more importantly, how life is with sobriety. All of the trials and tribulations as well as successes will be documented. I do not plan on leaving anything out. Good, bad or otherwise!

How I Got Here…

Stormy Night

It was a dark and stormy night. Just kidding!  I heard long ago that line was the most popular opening line in literature.  So I just had to use it! Seriously though, my name is Robert and I am an alcoholic.  My sobriety date this time, and hopefully the last time, is September 1, 2017.  For that I am eternally grateful.  The impetus behind writing this blog is to share my trials and tribulations on my way to sobriety.  My goal for this blog is for it to be a place that I can put my thoughts down where it might help others and thereby

The Road Most Travelled

My journey started 48 years ago.  For reference I am 51 as of this writing.  It was purely accidental, however the end result is still the same.  My dad left a drink on the counter and walked away from it.  I saw it, and probably thought it was a coke or sweet tea.  I picked up the glass and took a swig of it.  I don’t remember if I coughed or choked.  I do remember the taste.  It was hot and sweet at the same time.  My dad’s drink of choice was Jack and Coke.  I have found that most, if not all alcoholics remember


I married my wife, Jackie, in 2011.  She knew my history but not how heavy my drinking was.  We tried many things to stop it or slow it down.  I changed from liquor to beer, only at home, AA, limiting my access to money…..  You get the point.  WE did try, but nothing worked.  I guess I wasn’t ready to say I am done.  Over the next 6 years, I continued to drink.  I lost 4 really good jobs either directly or indirectly to drinking.  The last being on August 30, 2017.  This after promising Jackie and myself that I wouldn’t screw it up.  All