Alcohol Sobriety and Cannabis with Sober Saturdayz
Talking about alcohol sobriety and cannabis can be challenging, particularly living in a western culture where drinking is a significant part of our social culture. There is a lot of outside pressure to consume alcohol despite the fact that it can be problematic for a large portion of the population. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive drug in Canada and the United States. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 88,000 Americans die as a result of excessive alcohol use each year. While in Canada, alcohol is responsible for approximately 2% of all deaths and the number of alcohol-related hospitalizations continues to rise.
According to the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, at least 20% of drinkers consume above Canada’s Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines. That being said, even if a persons’ alcohol consumption is not problematic according to the guidelines, it still may be negatively impacting their life and there are numerous reasons why a person may choose to abstain from alcohol.
Kaitie has been on her personal sober journey from alcohol since 2018 and we spoke with her about her journey with alcohol sobriety and cannabis. Learn more about how Kaitie has used cannabis to help her move toward alcohol sobriety.
How the Journey Began
My personal sober journey started in 2018 when I was only 26 years old. I had been working in the service industry for about 10 years and if I’m being honest I was tired of my own crap! I was tired of spending all my time, energy and money on the wrong people and places and I’d just had enough of it.
My journey has always been with alcohol as that was where my problems were.
I drank to feel comfortable in my own skin
I drank to dance
I drank to socialize
I drank to flirt
I drank to fit in
Once I quit drinking I started the journey of wanting to get off of my pharmaceutical drugs and I did this by educating myself and working with people who know a lot about cannabis and psychedelics. So long story short, yes I’m sober from ‘only’ alcohol… people say that like it was easy!
How long have you been sober from alcohol?
I can proudly say I’m 100% alcohol-free after a couple of years of harm-reduction! I’m not usually the type of person to put a number on my date because my work is internal and I believe that you don’t need a number to know you’re healing. However, I’ve only drank TWICE in the last 2 years … and for someone who used to party/drink 3-5x a week, this is HUGE for me!
The Choice to Abstain from Alcohol Only
Cannabis and psychedelics have ALWAYS been more than just a party favour for me. Yes, of course, I’ve used both in party settings but I’ve never intentionally mixed either with alcohol as it was never an enjoyable experience for me.
I personally chose to keep cannabis, and psychedelics, in my life because they work for me. I struggle/have struggled in the past with Insomnia, ADHD, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, Low Libido….the list really goes on.
Cannabis and Psychedelics have helped me work through my body pain. They’ve helped me to sleep, to transform my trauma and to deepen the connections within my relationships.
I will advocate for these forms of healing until I am blue in the face because I TRULY don’t think I would be the reliable, creative, loving, open, responsible, energetic, colourful, opportunity-creating person I am today without them!
Alcohol Sobriety and Cannabis – The Journey to Sobriety
How did cannabis or other substances help with that journey?
Personally I did my own form of harm-reduction because at the time my goal was surprisingly not to be 100% alcohol-free (I thought sober people were uncool). I started by cutting back on my drinking, making myself talk to 3 people at a party (to work on my social anxiety) before getting a drink. I would have a glass of water in between drinks and I would also GHOST if I ever felt that little “I can do just one-shot” voice creep up.
Cannabis and psychedelics were a GAME CHANGER for someone like me who;
- Didn’t necessarily have a medical ‘drinking problem’
- Didn’t hit a ‘rock bottom’
- Still wanted to be able to party, socialize and GO TO FESTIVALS
Cannabis helped with my anxiety, helped me to make better choices (you just don’t wanna go to the after after after party when you’re baked… you want pizza lol) and helped my partner do the same.
Psychedelics on the other hand helped me to process my emotions. Helped me to reconnect with my inner child and have helped the communication, respect, silliness and love in all the relationships around me. Psychedelics have helped me to be creative and reconnect with the world around me also.
I will forever advocate for these tools in sobriety.
Current Cannabis Routine
What is your regular cannabis/CBD health routine?
If I’m being honest it depends on how I’m doing emotionally and what I’ve got going on. As I mentioned previously I have insomnia, this is something I’ve struggled with my whole life and also why I was so good at working at clubs/nightlife.
My partner wakes up at 4:30 every morning, if he wakes me up and I can’t get back to sleep within a half-hour I will smoke so I can get some sleep before I wake up at 7:30 am.
I usually don’t smoke in the morning when I’m getting my work done, but will light up before my 12:00pm dog walk! Now depending on how stressful my day is/how intense my ADHD is that day will depend on how much I smoke after 12. But usually, around 3 pm, I need to smoke again.
Evenings are a little different as I usually smoke to relax, eat dinner and to fall asleep.
This is just my flower/smoking intake.
The Benefits of Being Sober
What do you feel are the benefits of being sober from alcohol?
OH MY GOSH, WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?!
Since taking ‘only’ alcohol out of my life I have not only become the person I’ve always dreamed of being. Living in my dream province, making my dream friends, developing my dream ideas. I can’t put in words how grateful I am to myself for making this choice and for doing it in a way that works for me. Because at the end of the day we have to live in our own bodies. So, who cares what anyone TELLS you is the right way. It depends on how YOU feel.
You have to choose what is right for you and at this point, I can proudly say that I CHOOSE never to drink again. I am in the BEST place I’ve ever been. And I just want other people to know that this place exists.
Alcohol Sobriety and Cannabis – Advice to Others
Don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t think you need to be perfect or quit cold turkey right off the bat. You are human, you are allowed to go at your own pace and in your own style.
The beginning will be tough. Hell, it will be MORE than tough at times. Just know that if you persevere, your LITERAL best life ever is waiting for you on the other side.
Anything else you would like to add about your journey or your story?
Yes! I’m human – just like you, changing and growing and learning every single day. I just happen to be on an obsessive path to heal haha. I heal myself and in turn sharing my story to help others heal themselves too!
Do you have any favourite Miss Envy products?
OOOOOo where do I begin!!! I of course love the cooking oils, you can add it to everything (charcuterie is my fav!) I love the bath bombs, they’ve been really amazing, especially on my extremely sensitive skin!
More About Kaitie
Kaitie Degen had a chaotic upbringing riddled with abuse, social service intervention and bullying. She never met her father and cared for her drug-addicted mother. This meant growing up quickly in a great deal of stress. Her life has been a humbling experience of searching for self-worth, but she craved more: more love and honesty towards herself, and more confidence to help others do the same. That’s why she created Sober Saturdayz in 2018.
Follow along with her sober journey on her Sober Saturdayz Instagram which is a safe place to explore being sober from alcohol and learn ways to incorporate cannabis and psychedelics in a healing and therapeutic way. Here you will be accepted no matter where you are in your sober journey. You will also experience Kaitie’s passion for self-exploration and self-healing.