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Old 01-14-2018, 07:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Today is technically my third day being sober. It's not hard for me to string together a week or even a couple of weeks. For some reason, it's around the third week or so that I have trouble: it's like I forget how bad it can be, I feel too stressed, or I just feel like I deserve more. Hoping to be sober today, and change this cycle. I intend to be accountable in this forum this time.

Anyone else have lots of false starts?
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had loads of false starts, but then one day it stuck - just over a year ago now Hang in there.
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've had more false starts than I can count (only on day 27 this time, but I feel like something has definitely clicked and shifted in the right direction). One of the reasons I relapsed was because I romanticized drinking and viewed NOT drinking as deprivation. Now, I never allow myself to think about drinking without conjuring up my absolute worst memories of it. I can't continue to associate drinking with relief, relaxation, and fun when ultimately it brought me sickness, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness, you know?

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Now, I never allow myself to think about drinking without conjuring up my absolute worst memories of it. I can't continue to associate drinking with relief, relaxation, and fun when ultimately it brought me sickness, anxiety, depression, and hopelessness, you know?
That's exactly what I need to do! Thanks for articulating it so well!
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I did,even had one last for months after a yer and a half sober.
But, this July will be 5 years.
You really have to be determined to quit and work hard for it.
You can do it!!
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Old 01-14-2018, 01:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Anyone else have lots of false starts?
Literally hundreds. I couldn't go more than 28 days on any one attempt.

This time I am using SR daily and I am about to finish Day 43
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Today is technically my third day being sober. It's not hard for me to string together a week or even a couple of weeks. For some reason, it's around the third week or so that I have trouble: it's like I forget how bad it can be, I feel too stressed, or I just feel like I deserve more. Hoping to be sober today, and change this cycle. I intend to be accountable in this forum this time.

Anyone else have lots of false starts?
These words serve as a warning to me. My first time (and only) quitting. I haven't had it as bad as others from what I can see. Nearly two weeks now. Need to never forget the reasons why we stopped in first place. Apathy can creep in. Keep It up Prof
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Old 01-14-2018, 02:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Great job on getting through Day 3!

Maybe you can come up with some healthy ways to deal with stress and anxiety that comes along. You can do this!
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Congrats on your Day 3 Professor.

Yes, quite a few false starts before I crashed & burned so badly I could no longer pretend I had any control. Once I had 3 yrs. & still managed to tell myself I could still have 'a couple' if I used enough willpower. I often wish I'd kept a journal & recorded all the misery, confusion, dangerous things I did while under the influence. My selective memory told me it was fun, relaxing, rewarding, etc. - as PalmerSage mentioned.
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