Hey There and congratulations on putting Day 2 in the books. It’s probably a good time to mention a couple of things based on my experience. First, momentum is really important. Take some pride in each sober day that you accumulate. Each is an achievement and an accomplishment. As they say, the first step to stopping drinking is to stop drinking and keep that going. For me, everyday I wake up without a hangover is a valuable achievement. Even after five years.
Second, there’s something we call the “built in forgetter”. A wonderful guy named Mark_LA came up with that term I think. Basically it’s the tricky, insidious thing about alcoholism that allows us to somehow, almost magically forget the pain and anguish booze brought to our lives. It can happen after only a few days of being sober. Then suddenly, it creeps in and BAM. Back to square one. Lookout for that. It’s extremely common.
Everydae, Way to go! If/when you are struggling, you might find it helpful to have a glass of something to sip on such as water or sparkling water. I like a sparkling water sold at most grocery stores with a hint of grapefruit juice (even though I’m not wild about grapefruit). They also make a sparkling grape juice that is pretty good as well. Even though I quit drinking, my spouse and in-laws didn’t and I was around wine constantly. Initially, I would pour myself a glass of grape juice while they were all drinking wine. I kinda felt out of place without a wine glass in my hand. Now I don’t care, but that seemed to help me early on. Best of luck! Mark/Jeyu
Everydae, I hope you are still winning your battle with alcohol. If not, please know that most, maybe all, of us made numerous attempts to quit drinking and to lead a sober life before we finically got it right. Also, know that you are always welcome back. Mark/Jeyu
I am not an addict, but I have some in my family. You need support from other addicts, which you would get at N.A. or A.A. meetings. It might help to have sober friends or a place to go where you could express yourself. Do not hesitate to use alcohol hotline addictionresource.com/alcohol/treatment/hotlines/ . They can help as they know how addicts handle recovery.
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Post by mikeread28 on Nov 25, 2019 11:35:21 GMT -5
Hi everyone. I'm Michael and I'm an alcoholic. Have been for 20 years. Its hard to admit that to the people in my lives so I've decided to come here for help or whatever this is. Seems easier to tell strangers about my addiction. I drink 12 or more beers a day with hard liquor mixed in with it. I drank yesterday but I want to quit. I'm going to lose my family and friends if I do not quit. I have read some posts here that say its not healthy to blame your past for being an alcoholic. But for me its so hard to get over the things that were done to me in my childhood. I need a friend.
Hi everydae, I quit drinking about 5 years ago and my kids were a huge reason for my life changing decision. I had let alcohol control my life. I wasn’t there for them either physically or emotionally. It was the hardest thing that I have ever done, but the best decision that I have ever made in life. This place is not as active as it once was, but some pretty incredible people should soon see your post and will be happy to give you advice and support. Keep your reasons for quitting in mind and you can get through this. Mark/Jeyu