Before Stopping For Good -- I Needed To ????

Old 11-25-2016, 01:17 PM
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I had to deal with injury, surgeries, and the opioid thing on top of alcohol, as well. So good to have that all behind me.

I wanted to add to what I posted that on top of being sick of hangovers, I had to admit to myself that I was deeply miserable before I decided to quit alcohol for good. What I was doing wasn't working. Luckily, I was sober for a year before injuries and opioids became an issue, so as much as the painkillers were a risk, I was already well into recovery when that all hit me.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:29 PM
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Can't really say for certain I "needed" to lose my relationship with my kids, my job, my car, and risk losing my life, but that was certainly what it took to finally get my full attention.
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Old 11-25-2016, 04:54 PM
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Old 11-25-2016, 08:51 PM
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Alcohol was the most important thing in my life, apart from my family. Before stopping for good, I had to accept that I could not have both.
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Old 11-26-2016, 08:35 AM
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Can't really say for certain I "needed" to lose my relationship with my kids, my job, my car, and risk losing my life, but that was certainly what it took to finally get my full attention.
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Old 11-26-2016, 03:10 PM
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I had to let go of the illusion that it would be different this time around. Even if I could make it work for a time or two the experiment would eventually fail. I had stamina though, I kept trying for decades until I threw in the towel for good! (Stamina or a slow learner, hmmmmm?)
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Old 11-26-2016, 03:22 PM
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Old 11-26-2016, 03:26 PM
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Old 11-26-2016, 04:34 PM
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Before I stopped drinking I had to.........

Before I stopped drinking I had to realize that I would never, ever be able to moderate my drinking. I would never learn how to drink less. I would never be a normal drinker.
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Old 11-27-2016, 12:57 PM
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be told i was a virtually hopeless case and i was probably going to die.
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Old 11-27-2016, 12:59 PM
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Realizing I was on the verge of losing everything and I wouldn't be around to see my kids grow up. That I'm only 37 and I have an entire life ahead of me.
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Old 11-27-2016, 01:01 PM
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I needed to be sick and tired of being sick and tired.

I came to a point where I was starting to lose people important to me, and couldn't bear to lose anything more.

I wasn't willing to go down the road of total self-destruction.
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Old 11-27-2016, 01:10 PM
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I needed to...realize that if I kept it up, I'd be dead and/or dying within a year or two, it was really just a matter of time.
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Old 11-27-2016, 02:07 PM
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I had to become sick and tired of being sick and tired. I had to admit my life was becomming unmanagable as it was, and I could not continue a life with alcohol involved.

My wife died about a year and a half ago from cancer. I tried to drink away the grief. It did not work. It was not helping, the hangovers were murder, and the guilt and shame unbearable. I thank God every day for not drinking. I am incredibly thankful.
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