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Old 07-05-2015, 04:03 AM
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What a difference a week makes :)

Hello all,

Clocking in for day 8 here and just reflecting on how I was feeling a week ago compared to today.

Feeling calmer, sleeping better, enjoyed some good sober socialising with friends who I finally came clean with about my drinking and they were very supportive and wonderful.

The only thing that worries me still is the future. I have been here many times before and the pain of last week seems to be fading. I wrote my feelings down last week and keep reading them. But I don't want to go back down that road.
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Make change to bring change Boombox.
You never have to drink again if you don't want to

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Old 07-05-2015, 05:10 AM
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Boombox, look on this stage (starting to forget how bad you felt) as yet another obstacle to be overcome. Your body is beginning to heal, and your AV (alcoholic voice) will probably step in and suggest it's ok to start drinking again. Be ready for it; divert your thoughts as quickly as you can and don't let yourself get too hungry, thirsty or stressed.

I found setting myself a time goal helped set my sights well into the future. My first goal was 6 weeks, followed by 6 months.
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Boombox, you don't need to hold onto the pain of last week, but hold on to the knowledge that you have to make changes in your life. Take small steps and things will begin to improve.
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Congrats on day 8, boombox! One day at a time...
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If your worried youl forget write yourself a short list of why your doing this pop it in your wallet to have as a reminder ?

Have you got a plan for recovery ?
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Congratulations on 8 days! It's normal for bad memories to fade away, and that's when having a plan becomes helpful. If you don't already have a plan, a good way to start would be to make a list of immediate actions you can take when you feel the urge to drink.
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Well done on 8 days. Do you know what your triggers were/are so you can dodge them?
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Congrats on 8 days! A wonderful beginning :-)

I keep a gratitude list. For quite awhile I added to it each and every morning to set the tone for the day. I still do that when something really strikes me. It's amazing how many things we can come up with and re-reading that list every day has been a very powerful motivator for me.
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Old 07-05-2015, 08:10 AM
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Stick to it boombox. 8 days is a great start.
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8 Days is fantastic!! Keep pushing through!!
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Oh yes, the feeling of being cured. That's a tricky devil. Listen to what others have said, and you should fare pretty well. Good luck man.
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boombox,

I'm glad you posted this. I just completed my 18th day sober and was thinking the same thing as I am also feeling much better than I was just a couple weeks ago. I was going to post something similar to this. I think I'm torn between trying to forget drinking and surround myself with a much better lifestyle and remembering the drinking days as a reminder as to why I decided recovery was the best option for me. I'm thinking of making a two lists: one of the bad things that drinking brought upon me and also one of all of the good things that have happened to me since embracing this new lifestyle in recovery. Best wishes to us all.
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Hang in there and good job on 8 days!

I relapsed a few times around days 7/8... I would start feeling better and my AV would say "Well if you can go without drinking for a week you must not have a problem, right?" Wrong. The fact that I was thinking about drinking at all just shows that I do have a problem. Normal drinkers wouldn't have to count days or challenge themselves in the first place.

Just try to remember HALT (hungry, angry, lonely, tired) for triggers. Almost every time cravings hit me in those first few weeks it was for one of those reasons. I started trying out meditation for 5 minutes a day and another 5 minutes when cravings hit, and boy did that help!
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Boombox , that's an awesome effort. I think in the beginning , the hardest part is actually trying to get to the 7 days .

You've done that , so don't look back , keep going forward.

Each week it's going to get better & better. Xx
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