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Old 07-07-2014, 02:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I hope I am among friends here - I have been struggling with alcoholism for just over ten years, and have tried countless times to address the issue. I am a professional in my 30s, and spent several years as a 'functional' alcoholic before things escalated (in the last six months). Every day I wake up and tell myself that today is the day I will get sober... until the cravings hit me, or I have to deal with a stressful/emotional situation. I am so very tired of this lifestyle and am looking for support, tips and a place to go when I am not sure how to go one more minute without a drink.

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Old 07-07-2014, 02:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Lily and welcome You're most definitely amongst friends here - and not just friends, but people who really understand and care You'll find a great deal of wisdom, experience, honesty and support here
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The first week is for sure the hardest. Try to go for walks, take baths, anything to keep you busy. I treated myself to ice cream and sweets at night in the beginning. You won't gain weight because it will be less calories than the alcohol you consumed. Be nice to yourself for sure.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome Lily

24/7/365 Support here.

I will suggest you go to your doctor. They can give you something to help with the cravings.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Welcome Lily!

I know for me personally I used to think the same exact thing; I could NEVER stop and on my own, I never could. It took a good friend recommending AA to me and finally going with an open mind. I did what they told me to do at the meetings of AA and have been sober 64 days today! So, there is hope...if I can do it, anyone can!

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I hear the phrase "when I began drinking alcoholically" a lot in the rooms. I never know what to think of it. You described how you became less a "functional" drinker as time went on. That's what happened to me. This is a progressive illness. I might keep a job or a family together for a while, but my health and my faith deteriorate despite what I considered to be functionality. The thing to do that worked for me is to recognize it immediately...kind of like a First Step. I took action before what little "functionality" I had went away like everything and everyone else. This is a good place to come to supplement my program. Another helpful tool that gets me on the right path. Welcome!
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Welcome to the family. I hope our support can help you stop drinking for good.
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It's great to meet you Lily!

When I found SR I felt all alone with my struggle. It was wonderful to find so many others with my same thoughts and fears. You're in good company - we all understand how you're feeling like no one else can. Welcome!
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Welcome Lily. I think I too thought of myself as a functioning alcoholic...
In truth, I think I was more of a malfunctioning human : )
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:21 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Hi Lily, welcome to SR. There are a group of us new to sobriety on the Class of July thread and you are more than welcome to join X
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Lilylady welcome. I am also new here. 3 days sober. The support from these people has been nothing less than miraculous. Hang in there. We can do this.
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