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Old 04-29-2015, 06:29 PM
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:42 PM
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I too attract people who seem to cross my boundaries and I'm always late to the NO, and end up mad at them and myself. I either get angry and overreact and push people away and take the blame, or feel like I just rolled over to another thing I didn't want to be doing, and bam, I was relapsing. I do think finding a good therapist, and paying for it can actually be pretty difficult, I've been there, BUT, going back to AA this week even has really helped me. Today, I found myself with the angries again, and the AA meeting really helped. They are free! Hope you feel better soon!
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:19 PM
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I Have triggers. I recognize them now. And I run from them. It's what I do to cope I no longer go to certain stores or restaurants. People? No. I never had drink buddies. So that does t do it for me. For me it was more emotional. Or the feeling of being alone. Even though I always had people around. I had to realize who I am. I accept me. That was big. I'm not the life of the party. Never will be. I'm just a boring human. Who likes to read. And do puzzles. When I accepted that my sobriety came more easily.
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Stratman1 View Post
I'm not sure what it is they trigger exactly but you get the idea.

How do you interact with people whom you consider a trigger?
I’m assuming what you mean by “triggers” is in the context of responding to life where the desire to drink / use or other self – destructive behavior is entertained.

If this is the case, it’s been my experience that the only triggers I know of are involved with guns and Roy Rogers horse, Trigger.

Triggers never existed until someone made it up. This term that began in AA / NA made its way to rehab. Unfortunately, it’s used as an excuse to not learn coping skills. It’s similar to the duality idea of “my addict is out to get me or the alcoholic mind. There’s no alcoholic mind any more than there’s a duality.

Learning coping skills was a major aspect of my recovery. I remember years ago at AA meetings, members used to say their copper was broken when they had a hard time coping with life which usually involves others. The bottom line, the world doesn’t do anything to me unless I allow it.
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Iconoclastic View Post
I’m assuming what you mean by “triggers” is in the context of responding to life where the desire to drink / use or other self
What I meant was in dealing with narcissistic people basically. I used the word "triggers" as I'm new to the lingo of recovery.

In the past I have drank to compete with them on their level, and I have drank to gain the dutch courage just to flip them off.

I have let them walk all over me, then I drank & was confused. None of course works for me. You were right above anyway.

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I think counselling of some sort could possibly help what do you think

Better yet what will YOU do ?
What do you mean?
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:59 AM
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I was saying counselling is a good idea Strat when i said what will you do i meant it
as will you ring up & organising some counselling

Havnt heard from you in a bit how are things ?
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:28 AM
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There are two parts of it...

(1) How you actually deal with that person practically (face to face, by e-mail, telephone, ignoring).

(2) How you deal with the feelings (resentments) that they cause in you. This may seem the least important - but actually it's the MOST important as far as your sobriety goes. Even staying peeved at someone or something that is understandable and justified can threaten our sobriety. As you say you did (and I did most of my life) it's easy to end up drinking through emotions and problems rather than deal with them.

For me personally, learning how to do this is the most amazing part of my recovery so far. (I couldn't have done it without doing step 4 of AA to be honest.)

Hope you feel better soon. Just remember - drinking won't make anything better.
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Old 05-09-2015, 10:11 AM
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Thanks Beccy that is helpful.
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:11 AM
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how are things ?
Shite
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Old 05-10-2015, 07:19 AM
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Old 05-10-2015, 03:01 PM
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Whats happening strat?

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Old 05-10-2015, 08:49 PM
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Whats happening strat?

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Nothing dee. Why?
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Your response in #29.

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My life is shite man.

I'm alive, I got a roof over my head and I'm able to eat. But thats it.

I've never had any positive influence in my life. Lot's of negatives though.

The only messages I have ever got from people in my life, is that I don't deserve to be happy.

That I should be doing x,y,z, whatever it may be to conform to somebody else's notions and whatnots.

So I believe that I don't deserve to be happy. However, I don't believe that I'm alive to forfeit my happiness to others.

'For their are brighter sides to life and I should know because I've seen them, but not often'. A line from Morissey and the Smiths.

Maybe I'm just a rebel eh? Perhaps. But I aint taking no **** from abusive people thats for sure. I have had a lifetime of that, its not an option.
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Old 05-10-2015, 10:16 PM
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Most everything I know about life has been gleaned from music and drinking/drugs.

Weird isn't it. Anyways think I'l take back up drinking again and make one last go of it.
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Old 05-10-2015, 10:32 PM
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No sure if you just want a reaction or not, but drinking never solved any of those issues before - why would it now?

I think you can have a happy life Strat but to move on you're gonna have to take your hands from around people's throats - y'know?

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Old 05-10-2015, 11:33 PM
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Not really man. I think alcohol has been the main motivation behind all and any positive experiences in my life, I'm sure that it has.

And only half the negative ones. You are right in saying it hasn't solved those issues but. Who's throats have I got my hands around!?
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Old 05-10-2015, 11:42 PM
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These people for a start Strat.

The only messages I have ever got from people in my life, is that I don't deserve to be happy.
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I'm talking about my parents and my abnormal upbringing, man. Much as it beheathes me to say that.

And they weren't necessarily conscious messages either, although some were. It is universal though.
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