Hi Kitts. Yes 8 weeks is scary but I have done it before. I have been on a meditation kick lately. Of course the booze has been getting in the way a bit. I have read that you start seeing some real changes in brain structure after 8 weeks of meditating so that is why I chose that number.
The whole "just stay sober today" concept never made much sense to me. I always felt it was just a kind of mental gymnastic act people did... The side note is always there that you can never drink again.
I have been on again off again with SMART for a while. Was going to local group meetings for a while. I plan to start spending some time with their on line group again. Maybe go to some meetings again. We will see. I want to be alcohol free, but I want to be happy too. So far abstinence has not given me "happiness" just less misery, if that makes sense. Unfortunately I can't say groups like SMART or AA have offered me much as far as happiness is concerned.