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Old 02-03-2016, 05:25 PM
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Glad you've joined us, PinotNOmore. Hope you decide to throw out that mini bottle of wine before drinking it, odd-numbered day or not. But either way, glad you're here.
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Old 02-03-2016, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Supertired View Post
haha the 76ers are pretty woeful at the moment so your better for it.
i lived in texas for a couple years when i was younger, went to a ton of astros games. fond memories of humid summer days
Yes the summer baseball games are the best but our Phillies haven't been too great lately either lol
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Old 02-03-2016, 05:41 PM
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Hi Pinot

I have to go with Scott on this one...have you considered that the panic attacks might actually be exacerbated by the alcohol?

I found my pre existing anxiety was then amplified with withdrawal anxiety.

I know panic attacks are hard to deal with but self medicating with alcohol is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline IMO.

As long as I felt I needed alcohol I was stuck in a neverending loop.

Have you tried things like exercise, breathing techniques, or meditation for your anxiety?

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Old 02-03-2016, 05:46 PM
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Feel better soon Dee.

Evening checkin. I like to sing too Carly! Hoping sobriety means more of that in my future.

I'm treating my recovery like an illness right now. I made some soup and am lounging on couch. Still healing from drinking damage Monday night.

What a difference a day makes! I'm not 100%, but wow is day 2 so much better than day 1. Got out of the house to the office and felt like I accomplished a few things today. Much better than yesterday's hangover and feeling isolated working from home.

Enjoyed reading all the posts.....keep plugging along everyone.
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Old 02-03-2016, 05:47 PM
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Agreed w all Pinot. Is there ever a case where just one more is enough? The sooner you put it down the sooner you can be sober!
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Tinkerbell73 View Post

Chinaski I've now got a massive craving for ribs! I'm off to the shops to buy some now to cook.
Hope yours were as delicious as mine. I also bought this new spice rub that was awesome. I was just cooking for myself so I only cooked half the rack. I'm thinking about going ahead and doing the other half tomorrow.

It's been a good day off work. No real thoughts of drinking other than a passing "This is when I'd usually start on my days off" a few hours ago. I've been checking in here once an hour or so. Did all my laundry. Went and visited with my parents for a little bit. Ate those ribs. Read quite a bit. Finished one very short book--Killer in the Rain by Raymond Chandler. I liked it but it was pretty much just an early version of part of his later novel The Big Sleep.

Watching the documentary on Amy Winehouse now. I'm not a big fan or super knowledgeable about her, but it's been sitting in my "to be watched" pile for a while and I know about her addiction problems so I thought it might be a good watch for me tonight. So far it's very interesting but I'm not too far into it and the addiction stuff has mostly just been hinted around. Going back to it now.

Hope everyone is having a nice, sober evening.
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Old 02-03-2016, 08:25 PM
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You all were whispering in my ear as I cooked dinner tonight. Two sips in my mouth, the rest in the skillet.
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Old 02-03-2016, 08:28 PM
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Day 1 down. Since I quit drinking early yesterday I wasn't hungover today. I was pretty productive and got a lot done around the house. The last thing I wanted to do was cook so I took the kids out to dinner and I drank lots of iced tea.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:26 PM
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Kittycat3, I like your thinking about treating recovery like an illness and taking it easy for a bit. If this is for keeps as we all want it to be, and we've had the last drink, then by all means a little pampering, R&R, and treating ourselves right is in order
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:27 PM
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Morning everyone. Forgive me for not reading everyone's posts. I seem to be in a dark place, I'm having lots of spells of anxiety and don't seem to be able to pull myself out of it. My boss even noticed at work and told me I don't seem myself and I'm usually so good at hiding it.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:36 PM
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Are you still going to AA Jeni?

good for you PeacefulRain

Pinot any progress is good - maybe it would be easier for you not to cook with alcohol tho? at least a while?

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Old 02-03-2016, 10:17 PM
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Sorry to interrupt again. s

Jen ~ Is there any way you could use your boss' concern to take a few days off?
Perhaps some 'you' time to relax, walk amongst the wildflowers again, and maybe connect with some online AA friends?
Maybe even have a chat with your GP if you're up to it.

Please know that we are all with you. ♥
EDIT: I've just remembered that it's winter in the UK, so the wildflowers might be under a bit of snow right now.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:53 PM
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I must get on my laptop soon to read as can't thank and reply properly on my mobile.

I was pondering this morning (still in bed and not had morning cuppa so rambling ponderings) how different we all are.

Some people love AA, some hate it with a passion, some can take it or leave it (or any other group).

Some people approach 24 hours as a challenge and face it head on, others find a challenge unnerving so take baby steps (hesitant to use that expression as sounds like a negative and it's not meant to be) through each hour of the day.

Some people are open about their battle, others would find that wouldn't help them.

Some people look forward to never drinking again while others mourn that.

Grab any handful of posts from a forum and there will be differences between everybody. And on (the very rare) occasion arguments have ensued.

BUT cut through all the thoughts, opinions, approaches etc we are all here for one thing. We have all put our hands up in surrender, accepted we have a problem and asking for help.

What an amazing place SR is and I know I am thankful to have found it and everyone in it.

This is how I ramble when I'm stone cold sober - imagine what a boring drunk that makes me !!!!
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:57 PM
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The way we see ourselves is so interesting....not even a little bit of a ramble Virginia. Very insightful.

Yes, we are so very lucky to have SR, and each other.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:10 PM
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Hi everyone. Made it through day 3. Exercised tonight and felt pretty good. Worried about this weekend and the super bowl. I think I'll just watch it at home and avoid any kind of party this soon.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:13 PM
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Hi everyone. So sorry for the miserable post, I just get swept away in flurries of anxiety at the moment. Self-pity is just so yucky.

I'm going to meetings and actively looking for a new sponsor. I don't like meetings but I love the steps of AA, so to find someone to help I must endure the former. I've also contacted a counsellor who specialises in addiction and am waiting to hear back. I feel so alone at the moment, and I must take a more active part in this thread because I'm having to fight some very dark thoughts right now.

I can't take time off work very easily Venus, I would really drop other people in it, and that would make me feel worse, and actually it's the forcing myself to get up and ready that is getting me through at the moment.

I'm so sorry it's all about me...I will read everyone's posts and respond when I get home tonight.
Thank you all for being here 😘
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I'm sorry that I keep jumping in on this thread....

I hear you Jen...it was a silly idea by me anyway.
I'm glad you have work to focus on, and I'm glad you are going to AA even if it's not exactly your cup of tea. There are some wonderful people who go there, and I'm sure you will find the right sponsor.

Hoping the counsellor calls you back soon.
I'm sorry you are in a bad place right now, but you are doing all of the things to help you.
Sending you love, and keeping you in my thoughts. ♥

Love to all of you guys....
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:25 PM
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Post as much and as voluminously as you need Jeni - that's what the thread is for

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Post as much and as voluminously as you need Jeni - that's what the thread is for

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This is stupid but it's what drives me to fall.
I've been getting ear infections past 2 yrs. Narrowed it down and pinned it on having to wear earplugs because of noise in the house. Went out on a limb and spent my last 40$ orders a pair of sleeping earmuffs. Never like spending last nickel, but can't afford to keep going to doctor either for so ething I can stop.
Meanwhile a onetime yearly fee from something I agreed to pay (with wife) , hit. Now -100$. Now I can't buy groceries for the next 2 weeks, because an unknown thing popped me right when I tried to gamble a little for better health. I do t know why that makes me so angry at myself, but I'm feeling like I'll never come out of nickel and dime type poverty. I've got to straighten up and. Change my point of view .
Going back to bed. Possible 1.5 hrs sleep left
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