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Old 08-04-2015, 12:39 AM
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Hello! It's 2:30am and I am awake!!!!! Ugh, I hate this since I know tomorrow I will be sleepy and even more anxious. Stay strong everyone!! I personally have been canceling social plans involving alcohol just for the short term. I have also opened up to a couple friends that I am focussed on changing my drinking habits, and they have been surprizingly supportive. Right now I need to focus on recovery. I won't let myself isolate, but the early days are exhausting and I don't want to become overly confident and slip up again. Day 15 I believe since it is after midnight 😀. Longest for me in quite some time!! One day at a time!!
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Old 08-04-2015, 02:01 AM
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Well this is embarrassing. I've been in June, July and now August. I had a couple of wines at lunch one day last week, which ended in consuming 2 bottles of red over the weekend. Day 2 now.
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Ok, well I just wrote '1' in today's date in my diary. I've previously posted on the November '14 pages that I didn't feel I wanted to start over, despite what I termed 'minor' relapses, as I don't feel like this is back to the beginning. I managed over 200 days from last November and felt pretty indestructible - I now know that's a dangerous feeling, which I began to confuse with 'like a normal person (ie, one that can drink in moderation - haha). Last time I began, it was a kind of surprise to me and here I am again, on Day 1 a bit earlier than I felt like I would be and I am now convinced that this is starting again, not something that I can just add on to the days I achieved before - I did achieve them though and have a lot of good resistance ammunition as a result.

I will need it as I've got a rather worrying week away next week - a writers' retreat with nightly socialising in the bar. Has all the ingredients to knock me off the newly mounted wagon as being 'off the leash' seems to be a bit of a trigger. It's meant to be a creative and constructive week, however - plus I really can't write or get any ideas once I start on the wine - so I am going there with the intention of maintaining my resolve. I know I got through the first hard days/weeks of my first attempt, including Christmas and my birthday (December/January) with the help of this site and the many pearls of wisdom to be found here. The most simple and most encouraging one I found then is one I'll be taking with me next week - 'No-one ever regretted not drinking'. Andiamo.

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Old 08-04-2015, 03:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Sadie1 View Post
I guess everyone is different.. I think age may have something to do with it? And how many detoxs before? Please still be careful, I personally find day 3 (today) pretty tough, thats when alcohol has finally left your system...and your body can freak. Welcome here, we are good support here!
Hi thanks for replying 😊
today is my day 3 too we can do this x
I did wake up today a bit angry with myself realising it's not just my health iv been ruining .... now I am 3 days sober I realised I have my whole life to rebuild in ways but I feel ready just hoping I keep positive for the rest of the week and it should hopefully not all seem too daunting!
And we'll done too for 3 days we are on our journey .
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Old 08-04-2015, 03:40 AM
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I have a plan I wrote down, first time ever. It's simple, so I won't fog out and forget why I'm not drinking. Want to get better, and stay better.
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Old 08-04-2015, 03:41 AM
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ed funny at the writing on the refrigerator board but didn't say anything. Hoping it'll remind me.
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Old 08-04-2015, 05:11 AM
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Pls don't feel embarrassed. Every sober day is another day of freedom. We are all works in progress I believe. I know I am. Apparently I'm a hard job ! Lol
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Old 08-04-2015, 05:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Peacehappyness View Post
Hi SansaS, I've been in many classes so far, there are a few of us here that have, we've just got to keep trying

Peace X
Hi there Sansa, JL and Zuf! glad to see Julyers not giving up. Day 4 begins, weird dream and sleep as usual last night, raging headache today. At least it was a weird dream and not creepy nightmare. Was on a business trip for 2 weeks and only packed pajamas so wore those to the meetings, even tho there were shops in the hotel to buy clothes . It's just interesting to remember dreams while drinking I do not ever. Plan today: work on some of my SMART materials before work and breathing to get through the anxiety that will make its appearance these early days that AV will try to capitalise on.

hang tough all
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Old 08-04-2015, 05:22 AM
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Sansa and Pixie, I was a member of last months class as well! I intend to use the skills learned, but have a stronger plan and also a more realistic view of how I have let my anxiety trigger wine consumption rather then dealing with the issue head on. The same can be said for people and places. Sometimes I have been fine but sometimes not so much . . . We can do this! Many others have on this board and that is quite motivating!

The first days were really hard for me physically. Now feeling the anxiety, pain, fear, and guilt that I have drowned out in bottles of wine is a struggle. I know it's part of the process of healing and tackling emotions in an adult manner.

Happy Tues! I only slept a bit but that will have to do for today! Let's all get another day under our belts!!!

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Old 08-04-2015, 05:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Sadie1 View Post
Hi there Sansa, JL and Zuf! glad to see Julyers not giving up. Day 4 begins, weird dream and sleep as usual last night, raging headache today. At least it was a weird dream and not creepy nightmare. Was on a business trip for 2 weeks and only packed pajamas so wore those to the meetings, even tho there were shops in the hotel to buy clothes . It's just interesting to remember dreams while
drinking I do not ever. Plan today: work on some of my SMART materials before work and breathing to get through the anxiety that will make its appearance these early days that AV will try to capitalise on.

hang tough all
Sadie, I only slept 2.5 hrs but in that time managed to have a creepy dream also!! It was Christmas Day and I had presents for absolutely no one and was freaking out and could not find my car!! That was my dream!😂😂
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Old 08-04-2015, 05:29 AM
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Day 2, Woke up without hangover, feeling much better than yesterday to say the least.

I still have some weird hang up about 8/3, but I guess I have plenty of time to figure out what that is rather than to drink over it.
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Old 08-04-2015, 05:39 AM
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Jimuk!!! Hello friend!

I have been on this ride for 5 years now with several day 1's and several stages of denial. I only joined one other class (I think) and that was September 2012. Jimuk and I got lots of support from that group. I had my longest stretches when connected to them. I count 7 of our friends from that group who are still sober today. They are about to hit the 3 year mark!

Today is day 3. Watched the clock again last night, but I expected it and I'm ok with it. Enjoying coffee on the deck again this morning.

Jim, let's adjust our mindset and do this for the long haul. I really hope to be chatting with you in this class for years to come.
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Old 08-04-2015, 05:59 AM
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Good morning, sober friends! How does it feel to wake up without a hangover? It feels great!

Day 3 for me, not expecting it to be a bed of roses but I'm keeping my attitude of gratitude on because I know it will help me so much. I'm really proud of my sobriety-buddies here and especially the ones who have had the courage to come back again. It is not easy to admit we have failed but I think we only really fail if we use that as an excuse to stop doing the work.

Back when I quit smoking, many years ago, I learned that some people have to work out what works for them, or even learn how to want it badly enough to do what it takes to make it happen, whatever that might be for them. I'm not saying that quitting drinking is exactly the same, but these things might apply to some degree as well. Something to think about.

Anyway, no pub trips for me tonight, no wine at lunch, no wine or vodka after work. I am doing this right this time.

Hoping for a great day for all of you.
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Old 08-04-2015, 06:46 AM
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A quick add on to my earlier post. While "years to come" would be an ultimate goal, I have learned to take it one crave, one temptation, one day at a time. The thought of FOREVER plays nasty tricks with my AV.

Have a great day all.
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:22 AM
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Hiya Lilly Sadie Jim !
Day 2 for me. 8 hrs til treadmill time ! Gotta kill that anxiety that's gonna try to build
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Old 08-04-2015, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Dee74 View Post
Welcome everyone!

this is the support thread for everyone who wants to quit drugs, alcohol or any kind of addiction this month of AUGUST 2015


come and join us!





The latest July thread is now here:
http://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/...art-5-a-8.html
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Hi D! This is my second day here and not quite sure how to join August 2015 class. Please help.

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Day 2!

I made it they last night. It sucked because I was hung over and exhausted all day, but it was good because my temptation to drink was low. I was just so exhausted. I think I am majorly sleep deprived right now. I think I need about 5 nights of decent sleep before I feel semi-normal again.

I'm a bit concerned because this weekend I have several events that are potential triggers. It's a wedding weekend, and I have to go. Of course my AV thinks I should consider quitting drinking AFTER this weekend, but here's my thinking: there will ALWAYS be some event or occasion that will be a potential "drinking occasion." If you wait to stop drinking until you run out of those, you will never stop drinking. Second, I'm TIRED. I don't want to do this anymore.

I just hope I feel the same way when the weekend comes.
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We can get through the weekend SHG. I think what will help me is posting here and focusing on my reasons for not wanting to drink (and the benefits of NOT drinking!). I seem to get weekend amnesia (starting Thursday night lately, ugh!) and forget the hell I went through post the previous weekend's drinking. This weekend, I want to sleep well, wake up clear and enjoy my two days off. I want to start work on Monday well-rested, with no regrets.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:26 AM
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Lynbee that is so right on.
Amnesia starting Thursday ! Lol. That's it !
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:36 AM
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Hiya Lilly Sadie Jim !
Day 2 for me. 8 hrs til treadmill time ! Gotta kill that anxiety that's gonna try to build
Running is what I often do to combat anxiety as well!! Have a great run or walk!!!
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