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Old 02-20-2018, 04:08 PM
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I am an alcoholic

I have decided to admit to my alcoholism after 40 years of recreational drinking. I have had a hard time admitting that after that first swig I am powerless over alcohol. Never been a daily drinker but when I do drink I lose control. Weird thing is my family who have been impacted the most are saying that my drinking isnt that bad. Today is Day One.
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Old 02-20-2018, 04:14 PM
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Old 02-20-2018, 04:46 PM
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Im an alcoholic too.

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Old 02-20-2018, 05:13 PM
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There is a couple of us alcoholics on here! Welcome!
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Welcome! You've made a good decision.
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Old 02-20-2018, 05:18 PM
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Welcome. My husband used to say my drinking wasn't that bad either and actually get mad at me for even talking to him about it. I was miserable though. I had to do it for me and not pay attention to what he thought. Oddly since I stopped he hasn't said one word about it. Maybe he hasn't noticed.
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Family sometimes stays in denial long after it is apparent to ourselves. Part of it is that they just don't understand the difference in someone that over-drinks by choice and those otherwise that have no choice.
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Old 02-20-2018, 05:39 PM
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I also think my family doesnít necessarily want to see the problem. It makes it very difficult to ask for help from them. I wish they could hear the crazy conversations in my head surrounding drinking. Although then they might actually have me committed!
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Old 02-20-2018, 05:43 PM
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Old 02-20-2018, 05:45 PM
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Still finding it hard to say "I am an alcoholic". I think that's why I titled my post. Trying to get comfortable with it.
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Great to meet you, DayOne. We're here to encourage you. This is a wonderful place to talk things over with those who understand.
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Old 02-20-2018, 05:59 PM
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Still finding it hard to say "I am an alcoholic". I think that's why I titled my post. Trying to get comfortable with it.
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:11 PM
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Semantics, IMO. Just work on quitting.
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:23 PM
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Welcome! Great job for taking this first step
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:25 PM
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Welcome first step is to admit you have a problem. Now you have to have a plan and stick to it. We are all here with the same issues.
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:39 PM
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There is a couple of us alcoholics on here! Welcome!
Haha I donít know why this made me laugh. I shouldnít . But yes, Iím an alcoholic too.
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Old 02-21-2018, 04:14 AM
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Some have a problem with the term because some normies believe the term implies some type of moral failing. But as I've learned in recovery f what other people think.
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Old 02-21-2018, 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by DayOneAndDone View Post
Still finding it hard to say "I am an alcoholic". I think that's why I titled my post. Trying to get comfortable with it.
i think ya have bigger fish to fry here- what you call yourself isnt as important at this time and doesnt help with solutions.
it would be wise to start looking into a program/plan of recovery to start working/living to help you stay sober and improve your life.

now to complicate it:
do you know what it means to be an alcoholic?
its a lot more than just what we drink.
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Old 02-21-2018, 05:12 AM
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My brother asked why I'd quit drinking. I confessed that I'd been drinking a bottle of wine a day. His response? "So? That's not so bad, you need to do things you enjoy".

He doesn't drink much at all so didn't get it at all. Yes I enjoyed drinking wine, I liked the taste. I didn't set out to get drunk but I couldn't stop drinking. That one bottle was only going to gradually move to two bottles....

I don't call myself an alcoholic, it doesn't matter. I had an alcohol problem, I had to quit.

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