"Trapped in quicksand"

Old 04-19-2015, 09:18 AM
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"Trapped in quicksand"

I remember this phrase from a book by Caroline Knapp - that drinking was like being trapped in quicksand - you can't move you can't do anything, even the simplest things. This is how it feels right now - managed 55 days sober but have been drinking the last seven days

The problem I find is that I seem able to find that initial energy to get sober when things in my life are feeling positive. If things are going well I can find the courage to take that leap, but right now things feel terrible - massive anxieties about work, massive anxiety about family and I realise that I'm just not a strong person. I feel so afraid of life, of responsibility, of other people - I loathe myself for being so weak...
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Old 04-19-2015, 10:00 AM
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Acceptance really really helps with understanding this
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It’s a fact that alcohol is a cause of much anxiety being a depressant along with other effects on the mental condition of people who drink the way an alcoholic drinks.
Quite often people who feel a lot of anxiety notice a sharp reduction the longer alcohol is not consumed.
Lets face the fact alcohol is not a health drink and alcoholism is a progressive disease if we drink it or not. Elimination of alcohol = a much healthier individual.

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There are lot of anxieties in life. I learned that the best way of dealing with anxiety was not to try to self medicate with alcohol but to go to a doctor who was skillful in prescribing medications in a manner so i would not become addicted. If I drank this would interfere with his treatment. Caroline Knapp, after she attained sobriety, became addicted to her dog ("Pack of Two"). My doctor prescribed for me when I had to put my dog to sleep. Naturally I got another dog as soon as possible.

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what changes did you make for those 55 days besides not drinking JUK?

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Old 04-19-2015, 03:28 PM
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Yes, I wonder what changes you made in those 55 days besides stopping drinking. Sometimes if you add something like an exercise routine, yoga, getting back to an old hobby, it will help you to continue to feel good.

I loved Drinking: A Love Story. It was the first book that made me feel that if she could do it, I could do it.
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