I drank to smother my own depression for about 10 years -- until I got a DUI. The road is very hard at first but please keep in mind that is the conditioning of your past and society. Drinking relieves inhibitions and is a great social lubricant... when you quit, it is natural to feel a bit depersonalized. There is a process of getting to know one's self again.
To share my own experience, when I quit, I started going to sleep earlier and getting up earlier. The key was exercise -- as long as I could go running/biking, I was fine. It was lonely for a while and then I noticed something. There is an entire world of people that do not drink. I went to the same coffeeshops and cafes I used to however because I had shifted my entire life up 2-3 hours each day, there were new people. Healthy people. Who didn't drink.
Something else happened. As I struggled and fought and was lonely and sad, friends started reaching out to me. I didn't initially see the improvement in myself but they did. And it inspired several of them to drink less. Then I had more to do.
Long story short: keep at it. It's worth it. There are some lonely times. Times when you see people going out and may question yourself, 'I feel fine. I can go and have 1.' If you can, great. If not. Stay home. Go to bed. Take a bath. Sign up for a marathon. Do whatever you have to do to quit drinking compulsively. Maybe someday you can drink socially. Maybe not.
Through a lot of research and soul-searching, depression often comes from focusing too greatly on the self. Find a greater purpose and chase it. There is a saying in Yoga, do your practice and all things are coming.
Do your practice and all things are coming. You are not alone. It is a long road now but it gets shorter with each step. And remember, the world loves you and needs you.
Thank you for sharing and posting these words. Very inspirational to me. It is stuff that I already know but to hear it said as well as you put it makes a difference.