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Old 09-12-2017, 10:11 AM
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Why why why

First ever post.. so tired of this ridiculous merry go round.

I just don't even understand why I do this to myself. I should be so grateful, I am very lucky. Two healthy happy children, and a loving husband. So why the hell do I continue to drink.. sneak drink. Find a way to buy it without a paper trail, hide it, throw it away.. repeat. Boxes and boxes of wine (embarrassed)

I'm so highly functional it is disturbing. I workout, run races, make meals, clean the house and take care of the kids... while drinking.

The longest I've gone in the last year is 9 days without a drink, because I was caught by my husband. I will go 2-3 days occasionally... then fail.

It is just exhausting.. hoping this post will be a motivater. When I do stop temporarily, reading posts here has always helped.

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Yep, it's exhausting isn't it, Darlad? You don't have to be embarrassed here, we get it. I can't tell you what a relief it was to stop. I felt free, free to live without carrying a giant weight on my back. No more hiding, lying and sneaking around to drink.

Support made the difference for me. I was able to stay sober with the help of this community. I'm glad you posted.

Hang around... you can do this!
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:38 AM
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THANK YOU. I need the support
Thanks again
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:43 AM
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It is so exhausting. When I finally stopped drinking, I was completely exhausted from sneaking, hiding, lying. Have faith that you can do this and there is support here. Do you have a recovery plan in mind?
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:47 AM
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Everything you have done, we have done.

We are all addicted to alcohol.

Once you get your mind around that, and that you cannot drink, you can do this.

One is just not an option. Ever.

Its very hard, but you can do hard things.

We can all do hard things.

And then six months down the road (or one, or 3, or 12 months) it won't be hard anymore.

You can do this thing.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:55 AM
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Thanks again for all the support guys.. I am so so tired of all the mental games. I literally watch my husband leave in the morning and start drinking.. I want to enjoy my life instead of thinking about wine.

Plan.. I def need to get a plan.

For starters, I'm going to post/read daily
PlayIng out the tape (not sure if I am saying that right).. has been helpful in the past
Realizing how lucking and am, and being grateful for my life- daily reflection.
Maybe re- reading naked mind.. that book was enlightening
Reading more for sure- something I enjoy doing but can't donwhen you are black out drunk
Work out more

Idk- my plan seems thrown together and unorganized. But plan to plan..
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:00 AM
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I hear ya...... It is so exhausting!
Trust me.... I was with you and highly functional. Some people thought I was sober even when I'd had 6+ drinks!

OK... You are SooOooo NOT ALONE here.

Quit for good.... You will never have to worry.

Visit and check in -- to the Class of Sept 2017 Thread... https://www.soberrecovery.com/forums...-part-1-a.html

Best to You and Stay close to SR!
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:17 AM
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Thank you so much.
It is a great feeling to have so much support.
I could be wrong- but I truly think no realized I was constantly a drinking disaster.
I would drink a bottle of wine, and run a 5k (multiple times- and not proud of it at all)
When my husband caught me sneak drinking in December- I came clean (kinda) and told him I was sneak drinking for 7 years.. and I asked him if he knew - he said he had no clue.
I scare myself daily.. it is def getting out of control and I realize that I just can't have a drink, ever. The obsession is unreal.
Thanks again for the support
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:36 AM
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[QUOTE=Darlad921;6603340]First ever post.. so tired of this ridiculous merry go round.

I just don't even understand why I do this to myself. I should be so grateful, I am very lucky. Two healthy happy children, and a loving husband. So why the hell do I continue to drink.. sneak drink. Find a way to buy it without a paper trail, hide it, throw it away.. repeat. Boxes and boxes of wine (embarrassed)

I'm so highly functional it is disturbing. I workout, run races, make meals, clean the house and take care of the kids... while drinking.

The longest I've gone in the last year is 9 days without a drink, because I was caught by my husband. I will go 2-3 days occasionally... then fail.

It is just exhausting.. hoping this post will be a motivater. When I do stop temporarily, reading posts here has always helped.

Thank
Hi, I am having a tough time being sober. I was just curious how you feel when your not drinking. Are you bored unmotivated depressed anxious or do you get withdrawls? I am getting all of it. Sorry I don't have any advice as I havnt figured this ride out yet.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:50 AM
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Hi, I am having a tough time being sober. I was just curious how you feel when your not drinking. Are you bored unmotivated depressed anxious or do you get withdrawls? I am getting all of it. Sorry I don't have any advice as I havnt figured this ride out yet.[/QUOTE]

Hello! I certainly cannot give any advice. I am just beginning my hopefully long journey of sobriety.

I also have a difficult time staying sober- I do get shaky at first but that only lasts a day or so.
I am already an anxious person, so yes... I become extra anxious and irritable.
Unfortunately, I've had a lot of day 1 attempts...
I'm hoping this time it is long term.
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:51 AM
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Hi Darlad,

So much of your post I can relate to. Especially the running after drinking wine. I used to tell myself that the sugar in the wine made me run faster! I somehow convinced myself drinking heavily the night before running half marathons was a good thing. It's incredible the stuff I told myself to conceal my addiction.

Like you, I was extremely high functioning. Never missed a day of work, kids always everywhere on time, I was a member of the PTA, ran marathons blah blah blah. What's interesting after 10 and a bit months sober is that I'm much more relaxed about everything now. When I was drinking it was so important to me that the world see me a certain way. I was terrified about anyone discovering my deep dark secret so I tried to appear perfect. Sobriety brings incredible freedom. I no longer care what other people think. I'm not hiding anything anymore. I care what I think. Sobriety is so much more than not drinking. It gives me the chance to be the real me and live a life without fear or shame.

This site has helped me stay sober and will definitely help you. I'd advise you to join the September class and I also find the 24 hour thread really useful. In the early days, post here whenever you feel like you want to drink. Someone who understands will always be here. I wish you so much luck and strength.
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Hi Darlad, Funny you should say you are an anxious person. I was too, and after 3 months, my anxiety had disappeared and I had a new found confidence. Look, I am 5 days in on my second attempt, and the shakiness lasts about two days, the night sweats have gone and I am sleeping a bit better. Still getting cravings but I drank very heavily (up to 4 bottles of wine a day). You sound like a motivated person, so if I can do it, so can you! I read somewhere that you should see sobriety as a gift not a punishment. That's what I'm focusing on. Stick with it :-)
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Old 09-12-2017, 12:03 PM
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Hi Darlad,

So much of your post I can relate to. Especially the running after drinking wine. I used to tell myself that the sugar in the wine made me run faster! I somehow convinced myself drinking heavily the night before running half marathons was a good thing. It's incredible the stuff I told myself to conceal my addiction.

Like you, I was extremely high functioning. Never missed a day of work, kids always everywhere on time, I was a member of the PTA, ran marathons blah blah blah. What's interesting after 10 and a bit months sober is that I'm much more relaxed about everything now. When I was drinking it was so important to me that the world see me a certain way. I was terrified about anyone discovering my deep dark secret so I tried to appear perfect. Sobriety brings incredible freedom. I no longer care what other people think. I'm not hiding anything anymore. I care what I think. Sobriety is so much more than not drinking. It gives me the chance to be the real me and live a life without fear or shame.

This site has helped me stay sober and will definitely help you. I'd advise you to join the September class and I also find the 24 hour thread really useful. In the early days, post here whenever you feel like you want to drink. Someone who understands will always be here. I wish you so much luck and strength.

Yep! When I did work full time, never ever missed. I am always timely.. and it would appear that I have it all together.
Meanwhile, I'm a mess. Like I said, i am exhausted and it is EXHAUSTING.
I know that it can be better, and I want to enjoy my life.. my kids and enjoy my time, instead of worrying if I have enough wine.
I fell pathetic.. it is good to know I am not alone
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"Maybe re- reading naked mind.. that book was enlightening"

Hello Darlad

I read this about 5 weeks ago and I agree with you it is really good. I'm going to read it again too for reinforcement.
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Hi Darla well done on taking some action!

I was also highly functioning most of the time until the real bad binges where I wasn't!
Putting extra effort into every situation to hide my guilt, shame, anxiety maybe I wasn't really "functioning" at all.

Everything worth having is worth fighting for right?
It sounds like you have a great family and a lot of reasons to be grateful and remain sober.

Wishing you all of the best on your journey
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Originally Posted by Darlad921 View Post
Hi, I am having a tough time being sober. I was just curious how you feel when your not drinking. Are you bored unmotivated depressed anxious or do you get withdrawls? I am getting all of it. Sorry I don't have any advice as I havnt figured this ride out yet.
when i wasnt drinking, i was restless,irritable, and discontent.
because i didnt do anything more that put down the drink.
when i treated the alcoholism, looked at the underlying issues alcohol was just a symptom of( lookin at why i was restless,irritable, and discontent), i became peaceful and serene.
that didnt happen overnight,though. it took a few months of hard work.
well worth the hard work for sure.
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Hi Darla well done on taking some action!

I was also highly functioning most of the time until the real bad binges where I wasn't!
Putting extra effort into every situation to hide my guilt, shame, anxiety maybe I wasn't really "functioning" at all.

Everything worth having is worth fighting for right?
It sounds like you have a great family and a lot of reasons to be grateful and remain sober.

Wishing you all of the best on your journey

Thanks so much
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Welcome darlad

This place helped me turn my life around - I know we can help you do the same
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I'm happy to meet you, Darlad. Joining SR helped me to no longer feel alone. No one in my life understood what I was going through. It helps to have friends to turn to who truly get it. You can reclaim your life and get free.
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welcome to SR! You definitely are not alone. I was really tired of the whole charade too and decided to quit. Stay around here and you will get a lot of help.
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