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Old 08-08-2017, 03:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Back to AA: What I learned about hangovers


Iím eight days sober since a relapse.

During the period of self-searching and remorse which followed that experience, I decided to do two things.

ē Firstly, to go back to AA.

ē Secondly, to use SR as a means of support and perhaps a sounding board to deal with some of things about AA which I find frustrating.

Iíve decided not to say anything negative about AA at this early stage, on the basis that if I create a negative impression of it in my mind it will be a barrier to me seeing its positive aspects. Much better to try to engage with the group and reap the benefits.

So I plan to go to regular meetings and make a mental note of one helpful thing I hear at each meeting. I will then share those helpful things with the SR community.

So, at last nightís meeting, a woman said something striking. She said if she woke up now with the symptoms of a hangover she had when she was drinking, she would consider admitting herself to hospital. She experienced such an intense physical hangover, including nausea and dehydration, that she would have classed it as a medical emergency if it had started suddenly and without explanation.

The woman said that this was a condition she suffered from almost every day when she was drinking but it has now stopped because she has been sober for more than ten years, which she put down to the AA programme.

On consideration, I think I could have said the same thing after my last binge. The hangover, combined with my self-pitying mental state, kept me from doing anything productive for several days.

I am not in that state now. Iím sober, focussed on recovery and grateful for another day. Iím also grateful to that woman for sharing her experience at the AA meeting. And Iím grateful to this forum for providing me with an outlet to share her insights.

So, my plan from now on is to post regularly with one helpful thing which I learn from each of the AA meetings I attend. I think if I can make this an almost daily habit, it will add another dimension to my recovery.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Brilliant well done
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The steps we take not the meetings we make I find helpful. The insidious insanity of what we accepted as normal is horrendous. You're friend makes a valid point.
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Welcome back and congrats on 8 days!
Continual learning to build up a strong recovery is great. We can never have too many tools in our tool box while we figure out what works best for us.
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What a thought! So true.
Looks like I'm going to noon meeting!!
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Absolutely true. Isn't it terrifying what we class as normal? For years, my normal was hungover and I thought people who didn't drink as much as I did were strange, like how could they not?

Well done on 8 days x
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This is a great post. Same reason why I decided to go back to AA.

Thank you.
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well done for going to aa i went a few times and stopped because i felt out of place but it was helpful when i did go, your post has made me think i should go again so thanks for that. i hope you get something out of it and you stay sober. nice owl by the way
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing Learninganew 💜 when I think back to the last hangover I endured on the 28th May (nearly 73 days ago now ☺) I can totally see this lady's point!!!! I was so ill physically and emotionally...thank goodness I never have to experience that again...from alcohol at least!
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Thank you for sharing. I remember being so mad because I'd wake up feeling like utter crap everyday. I'd blame everything EXCEPT the alcohol, how ridiculous is that??

Congrats on 8 days, that's great!
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my mother used to get terrible ill - from the bad ICE. or the server had a cold. or the glassware wasn't washed properly. pretty much everything about the drink except the liquid contents................
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