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Old 09-13-2017, 03:02 AM
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New here and 13 days sober

Hi everyone

I'm on my 13th day without a drink and it's a pretty lonely journey so I thought I would join this site.

I had a bit of an epiphany a few weeks ago after a massive drinking binge where I did something absolutely unforgivable which could wreck my marriage. It was the biggest wake up call I think I've ever had and shocked me enough to make me realise that I have to quit drinking.

I've been a binge drinker for about 25 years. Even saying that freaks me out. It's been getting worse and worse in recent years and I've been blacking out loads and losing huge chunks of my evenings - and days sometimes.

A few weeks ago I did something awful that I would never have done if I was sober. If my husband finds out, our marriage will be over and I'll lose everything that really matters to me. I've been very stupid and I'm very scared. I'm really hoping that I won't be judged here for my terrible behaviour. I'm trying to sort my life out at last and any support or advice would be much appreciated.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:38 AM
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Excellent job on 13 days - that's three more than me😉 BTW I'm not going to judge you.
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Old 09-13-2017, 03:47 AM
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Hi and welcome to SR fourfiftyeight.

You're not the only person here who ever did something they were ashamed of - whatever it was is your business.

We just want to help

There is life after addiction - a good life

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Congrats on 13 days 458.

I would imagine we all pretty much have a few horror stories to tell of when we were drinking. My marriage failed because of my ex's drinking and funnily enough my recent relationship ended due to mine! - you would have thought I would have been wiser- but no. That is the nature of the disease, all sound judgement goes out of the window. I never knew where I was going to end up after a drink. Which is why I just don't anymore.

This is a safe, friendly place to be, all the help and advice you could ask for and most importantly, you don't have to be alone with it, we know what your going through.
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:39 AM
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Thank you everyone. As I said in my first post, I'm finding this all a very lonely experience.

I don't know many people who don't drink and it seems that alcohol is everywhere - I can hardly escape it. I helped out my next door neighbours the other day and they brought me round a bottle of wine to say thank you. Argh! It was pretty torturous sitting there while my husband drank it. He hasn't given up drinking. He is an enthusiastic drinker himself but nowhere near as bad as me and when I'm sober (as I've managed to do from time to time) he seems happy to drink moderately.

I'm just wondering how I can manage to keep this up when my social life has always revolved around drinking. I'm horribly shy, self conscious and anxious and alcohol has always been a crutch that's helped me through life.
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I thought everyone drank too - but since I quit I've found quite a number of people don't drink at all, and the majority of folks drink normally - ie they actually leave some in the glass when they're done.

my old life was all about drinking too - I surrounded myself with drinkers.

I can't lie - I needed to change that life in order to change me. I had to change my ideas of what fun was, and cut some people out and several more cut me out when I quit drinking...

It may sound dismaying even dismal - but in fact it was the first step to freedom for me.

I met a lot of new people and reconnected with old friends that my drinking had pushed away.

I'm still self conscious and anxious but I've accepted that is me - and in accepting that, the anxiety and self consciousness have actually improved a lot.

It's no longer A Big Deal.

I love my new life. I'm not missing out on anything.

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Welcome Fourfiftyeight. I'm sorry that the booze has brought you so low but I'm glad you made it to SR. Most of us here have felt the burning shame of the horrid things we did drunk- certainly I have. We can't absolve you of your past actions but you can put them behind you. The past can't be changed but the future is yet to be written. How the rest of your story goes is up to you.

As Dee says, it feels like you're surrounded by alcohol because you're a drunk/drinker. At least half the world (maybe more) never touch the stuff. Once booze isn't a part of your life you'll stop seeing it everywhere.

It won't always be easy but it's definitely worth it. There is hope for a better life if you want it.
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Welcome and congrats on day 13. You can do this.
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Great to have you with us, fourfiftyeight. SR helped me get my life back - everyone here understands how you feel.

Once alcohol was in my system, I had no idea where it was going to take me. I only drank to be less shy & self-conscious in the early days - but over time it completely distorted my personality. I turned into someone else every time I drank. The only way to be safe was to get free of it. You can do it - and we'll help. Welcome.
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Congrats on your 13 days I'm just ahead of you on day 18. I have done a lot of things myself that I'm not proud of, but there's nothing I can do about it but learn from it. I'm not a very religious person but I've always found comfort in the phrase , go and sin no more. Anyway good luck to you. Keep fighting the good fight.
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welcome to SR! No one will judge you here. We have all been there.

It will get easier as the days add up. Stay busy and read on here often.

Did you join the September class? It would be a great place to start and get some daily support. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-14-2017, 07:13 PM
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Welcome to the family. We've all done and said things we regret. We understand how hard it is to forgive ourselves. But it is possible to move on, and live a better life sober.
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