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Old 02-25-2016, 01:10 PM
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Yeah be careful OOTT and 360

Summer time is when people socialise more (bbq's, beach, picnics, dinner parties, eating out), and that means you may found yourselves around more drinkers.

Are you going to come up with a plan?

Safeandsound - Keep it up!
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:20 PM
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Ahh, happy place... So much goodness here! Good day all! Day 11 here, frickitty doo! I feel good! The anxiety has mostly worn off already, I feel like I can deal with things sanely and rationally again. (Was there ever a point where I could actually do this??) I hear you guys about becoming complacent. Some times, when I feel alright, or even good, it's like sobriety and alcoholism are just a non-issue. The recovery work kind of falls to the way-side. I fear that feeling too. It's like leaving the back door open to let that old intruder have its way back into your life without you realizing it. The thoughts are still there for me, but less obnoxious and intrusive... the old. "Ahhh, mmmm... a bevvie." Slips into my mind like a gentle whispering breeze. Bad things happen if I don't remember it's February. I don't like being cold. And if I don't put a jacket on against the breeze I might as well kiss all this hard work goodbye.

I know I need to get to a meeting. Next week, I meet with my new addictions counsellor.

Good job everyone on their sober days! Hope everyone is having a great day.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Cococo View Post
Yeah be careful OOTT and 360

Summer time is when people socialise more (bbq's, beach, picnics, dinner parties, eating out), and that means you may found yourselves around more drinkers.

Are you going to come up with a plan?

Safeandsound - Keep it up!
I'm not a drink out and about person, my kids are with us during functions so we typically don't drink until in for the day/night, its getting home to drink that is my thing. One part of my plan is, I don't rush home anymore. I take my time regardless of what I'm doing. Take more time to visit with people etc.

I'm not worried about drinking now, don't want to. But just having a fear of complacency later is what worries me. I don't want to get to the point where I forget where I was. Make sense?
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:34 PM
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Knb - Room is the story about a mother and 5 year old boy who are imprisoned in an 11X11 space, told from the point of view of the boy. It is all he has known - to him, that Room is the world. The mother has been there about 7 years I believe and tries so hard to keep the boy from knowing the true situation they are in. The actress is nominated for Best Actress and the movie for Best Picture. The book was disturbing (the idea of what they were going through) but captivating.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:37 PM
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Had to text an ex of mine because I got mail for him ( we use to live together). It amazes me how I get thrown back to that time period with him. Like it hasn't been three years. My God this man ripped my heart into pieces then crushed it even more. He was so cruel,

I still feel the hurt now. Makes me want to drink :-(
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:38 PM
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Gonna eat some icecream.....eat through this craving.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:39 PM
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That a.hole isn't worth ruining my sobriety. No man is
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by knb02 View Post
Had to text an ex of mine because I got mail for him ( we use to live together). It amazes me how I get thrown back to that time period with him. Like it hasn't been three years. My God this man ripped my heart into pieces then crushed it even more. He was so cruel,

I still feel the hurt now. Makes me want to drink :-(
That would just be cruel to yourself!
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Delizadee View Post
Bad things happen if I don't remember it's February. I don't like being cold. And if I don't put a jacket on against the breeze I might as well kiss all this hard work goodbye.
I love that, that's a great way of summing it up!

knb - Stay strong! That chapter of your life with him is over now, don't dwell on the painful memories and risk your sobriety. Keep working on making your future chapters great.
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Old 02-25-2016, 02:05 PM
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Im on day 7.

For the past 2 years I have suffered hot flashes during the day and night, especially at night / in the wee hours, fairly much 5 out of 7 nights per weeks, winter and summer. The night time ones were the worst because I would wake every time one was coming on, so I was waking up every hour. I would either a) be a grump the next day OR b) Id drop my son off to school at 9am and go home back to bed for 2 hours because of the badly broken sleep, which meant I wasn't getting a lot done during the day (errands, housework, cleaning my car, doing small household maintenance things, mowing lawns, gardening etc), the place started falling apart, and hence my life started falling apart.

I repeatedly complained to my family doctor that Im going through perimenopause (approaching menopause). He said Im a little bit young (but it is possible at my age) and my blood tests (tested my hormone levels) didn't support my theory. In saying that, blood tests are not a very good indicator of perimenopause, quite unreliable in fact.

Well, as of today, I haven't touched a drop of alcohol for almost 6.5 days, and guess what? For the past 5 nights Ive had ZERO hot flashes / sweating, night and day. And, most importantly, I have slept like a log (slept right through the night) for the past 5 nights. I wake up well rested. I still have a little trouble getting TO sleep, but when I fall asleep I generally stay asleep for at least 6 hours straight. If I do wake up, its for a wee. I go and then head straight back to bed, and I fall back asleep with 5 minutes usually.

It may be a coincidence, in that maybe my perimenopause is going through a quiet patch but Im certain the alcohol was causing it all.
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Coco - Well done on Day 7, that'll be one week down by the end of today!! I used to wake up drenched in sweat early hours of the morning, not fun.
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Old 02-25-2016, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Cococo View Post
Im on day 7.

For the past 2 years I have suffered hot flashes during the day and night, especially at night / in the wee hours, fairly much 5 out of 7 nights per weeks, winter and summer. The night time ones were the worst because I would wake every time one was coming on, so I was waking up every hour. I would either a) be a grump the next day OR b) Id drop my son off to school at 9am and go home back to bed for 2 hours because of the badly broken sleep, which meant I wasn't getting things done during the day (errands, housework, cleaning my car, doing small household maintenance things, mowing lawns, gardening etc), the place started falling apart.

I repeatedly complained to my family doctor that Im going through perimenopause (approaching menopause). He said Im a little bit young (but its still possible at my age) and my blood tests didn't really support my theory.

Well, as of today, I haven't touched a drop of alcohol for almost 6.5 days, and guess what? For the past 5 nights Ive had ZERO hot flashes / sweating.....hmmmm
Ha!!! Me too!!! I've not had any since about the 4/5th day.
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Old 02-25-2016, 02:22 PM
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Has anybody else experienced hot flashes, sweating, night sweats at night, during the day and night, when you were drinking. And did that come right after stopping?
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Old 02-25-2016, 02:25 PM
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Thanks OT. Yes at midnight tonight its a week!

Hmmmmm.......yeah..........OT and 360, it appears I was deliberately looking for another cause of the hot flashes and night sweats and erratic sleep, refusing to consider it was the drinking. It WAS in the VERY back of my mind it may be the alcohol, but I deliberately went looking for other causes. I pushed the "alcohol" consideration WAY to back of my mind. Delusional. Denial.

For me 360, from day/night 3 onwards - none
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Originally Posted by Cococo View Post
Has anybody else experienced hot flashes, sweating, night sweats at night, during the day and night, when you were drinking. And did that come right after stopping?
Yes, while I was drinking and got worse during withdrawal.
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Wow! That was a close one. Woke up from a too- cranky-to-stay-awake nap to two texts informing me of horrible news. Had to leave to pick up my kid from the bowling alley....its in walking distance from this little liquor store.... Almost went there. Toooo much stress!!!! I don't know how to cope
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Yes Coco that is a physical symptom of alcohol withdrawal.

So nice to see some of the physical "ailments" disappear when we stop putting the poison into our bodies huh! For me it was mild panic attacks in the middle of the night or early morning. I called it the 3 AM jolt for me.
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Originally Posted by Sadie1 View Post
Yes, while I was drinking and got worse during withdrawal.
Thankfully it didn't get worse for me when I stopped. On the first 1 or 2 days/nights I had my usual hot flashes during the day and night sweats (but not worse than usual, probably a bit lighter), and then after that nothing.

It was obviously more of a symptom of current drinking as opposed to alcohol withdrawl. Unless it was early hour alcohol withdrawl - stopped drinking at 9pm - started hot flashes at 12pm. Anyway, it doesn't matter which it was, it was clearly alcohol related.

Hmmmmm yeah.....now I know it was the alcohol.

Talk about justifying my continued drinking, saying to myself "Ah Coco its NOT the alcohol, its perimenopause love, poor you". That's what alcohol does to you! Delusional. Denial.
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Hi Apple

How are things with you?

What are you up to today/tonight?
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Yes Coco that is a physical symptom of alcohol withdrawal.

So nice to see some of the physical "ailments" disappear when we stop putting the poison into our bodies huh! For me it was mild panic attacks in the middle of the night or early morning. I called it the 3 AM jolt for me.
Yep, those too. And here everyone wants to tell me I am not an alcoholic. I beg to differ.
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