is it worth it...

Old 03-06-2009, 05:13 PM
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It is so worth it. I'm only a few years your senior, only drank for a couple years, but I've seen massive improvements in my physical wellbeing since I quit drinking. What else? People trust me with money now, people trust me period, I can think now, my teeth and back don't hurt constantly, I'm not afraid of every shadow, I don't put myself in danger needlessly... I could go on. It is so much better than where I was just over a year ago.

You can do this, sweetie. It's never going to be easier than it is right now.

(If you're not sure if you want to quit, try a few meetings! I'm not an AAer anymore, but the Young People's meetings were the best I ever attended. Find a meeting, talk to some sober kids, take it from there.)
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:46 PM
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The title of your thread caught me:
is it worth it?
You bet your sweet ass it is..........
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:11 AM
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Worth it? Definitely. Not easy though. Like everyone says, you really have to want it. I work in a hospital so I see people who have just destroyed their lives with drinking and it will kill you if you keep doing it. That was my motivation to quit, I just wish I would have done it much earlier, my kids suffered, had three divorces (all due to drinking), and my health was suffering too. I am only two and a half weeks sober, but I do feel better than I have in a long time. You have so much to live for, but you really have to want it. Keep reading and posting, there is a lot of support here and people who understand what you are going through. Good luck!
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:01 PM
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There were many times i would quit,
had enough, wait a few days then
back at it once again full blast.

I fooled lots of people with my drinking.
No one ever thought i was having
problems with it....i figured i was like
my grandfather and could drink u
under the table and be functionable
the next day.

Today I can look back at my behavior
and see how out of control I was and
my life had become unmanageable.

At ago 30 after a horrible accident
ending up in the hospital for 10
day with a punctured spleen which
was removed are i would have
bled to death to numerous broken
bones and contusion. I was a mess.

Was that the end of my drinking?
Nope....3 months without a drink
taking just pain pills...when that
stopped working for me, i felt
like it was safe to drink....well...

I tried to end my life at that point.

My family step in and did an
intervention on me sending me
to rehab for 28 days.....

They did for me what I couldnt
do for myself....For them I am

While in treatment i recieved the
tools and knowledge of my disease
to set me on the path of recovery
taking one step at a time.

Rehab was a good safe place for
me, because i had time to get
those toxins out of my system
and not be around people places
and things that would be a
temptation if otherwise.

When i came home i continued
on with a 6 week aftercare program
and went to many many meetings.

I eventually began to heal a
day at a time.....

It didnt happen over night and
today im ....well where u can be
if u grab a hold of someones
coattail and let them carry u
or help u till u r stand enough
to help urself......

People in recovery dont walk
ahead or in back of you. We
walk along side each other so
we r never alone.

Thanks for letting me share.
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:09 PM
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I have an 18 and 16 year old, so I'm gonna talk to you the way I would them...I'm a recovering opiate/cocaine addict,163 days clean. Sweetie, I know when you're young, you feel that you're invinsible, and that you have your whole life ahead of you, so the need to 'quit' right now is not that important. I'm 41 years old and I use to think the same way. I knew a long time ago that I had a problem, but I ignored it telling myself "I'm young, there's still time, I'll quit one day". Had I quit back then, I know my life would have turned out so much diffrent. Time passes very fast when you're high and then you wake up one morning and you're 41 and you've hurt a lot of people that love you...some of them are still with you...and some are not...and some have passed away before you could change and tell them how sorry u are...My mom was my best friend, and she died knowing her daughter was a drug addict. I live with the quilt of knowing that the worry I put her through contributed to her death everyday.
What I'm saying is this...If I could do it all again, I wouldn't have waited so long to hit bottom, I'd have gotten help a lot sooner. You DO have your whole life ahead of you...It's up to you what you do with it. Don't wait to have the full life you deserve because time really passes fast when you're throwing it away!
You're in my prayers. :praying
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