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Old 02-11-2014, 10:14 PM
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Day 1 - Tired of starting over

Today is day 1 which to me isn't very thrilling. I've been telling myself this for a year now. Got back from second deployment about a year and a half ago, wife left me a year ago, been on and off the wagon for a year. Had a month of sobriety in the summer then probably maybe a week sober best since then.

If I don't sober up, I'll lose my job, maybe die from sleep apnea (had an uncle who has a heavy alcoholic and died from being drunk and sleep apnea), and can't go on like this.

Absolutely new to this so any advice, tips, or anything to point out for sober recovery on what to be a part of would be great.

Thank you and I hope you are all doing well.
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Welcome Vikings

You've come to a great place for support - and supports very important.

Probably the first thing to do if you've been drinking heavily for a while is see your Dr...
Detox can be a worry for some of us.

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Welcome, Vikings! The approach that works for me is AVRT; it teaches you to quickly recognize the addictive voice and shows you how to circumvent it. You can do a search (I can't link it) and it's free. It has kept me sober for 16 months now.

Maybe the best thing for sobriety is to stop watching the Vikings- they will drive you to drink! I've been a long-suffering fan for over 30 years. I almost gave up watching football after '98.
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Welcome I am sure you will get loads of advice here and inspiration. If you really want to quit then you can do it. There are several methods that people use and sometimes a combination but they all need you to WANT to stop. Keep reading and posting and I wish you well.
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Originally Posted by Vikings View Post

Got back from second deployment about a year and a half ago

If I don't sober up, I'll lose my job
first off may I say -- thank you for your service

I'm not sure how I made it through my 32 year City Government career
drinking and doing other things the way in which I did
today I truly know how grateful that I'm
because most of my old drinking and using friends at work
got fired long before they retired
and for them it was a downhill slide from then on

sobering up so as to keep a good job would be my goal
I need to share with the younger ones
it's a sweet thing having (a nice retirement check) coming in every month
many after a lifetime of drinking will never see that

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Old 02-12-2014, 01:22 AM
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Today is day 1 which to me isn't very thrilling. I've been telling myself this for a year now. Got back from second deployment about a year and a half ago, wife left me a year ago, been on and off the wagon for a year. Had a month of sobriety in the summer then probably maybe a week sober best since then.

If I don't sober up, I'll lose my job, maybe die from sleep apnea (had an uncle who has a heavy alcoholic and died from being drunk and sleep apnea), and can't go on like this.

Absolutely new to this so any advice, tips, or anything to point out for sober recovery on what to be a part of would be great.

Thank you and I hope you are all doing well.
I'm in a similar situation. I'm newly sober. I've been sober off and on for the past 3 years. I have no idea how to keep it stick. It's cute when you're young and go out and party but not so much when you are older! Drinking every night while watching bravo tv is pathetic!

I think about my health. I look healthy but inside with high triglycerides because of drinking isn't sexy. I guess I want to stay sober mostly for my health. I have so much longevity in my family, but it won't be for me if I keep this up.

Good luck to and thank you for your service!

I think to have something to replace the drinking is key. I always want to drink after dinner. Now I have to switch things up. Even sit in a different space. Going through the grocery store is hard seeing all the beer. I used to get so embarrassed buying a huge 30 case of crappy light beer! I'm small. People must be thinking is she going to drink all that? God I love beer! I have to find a replacement. Fat free milk is it for now.

I find I'm proud if myself when sober. So you stay sober and be proud. You deserve it!
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Welcome and good job on day one. xxxxx
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