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Two Days Sober Today

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8 days :)

Congratulations! Keep up the good work. You've got a lot of folks rooting you on!

I've been sober 14 years in AA and it is the best thing I've ever done in my life!

"We absolutely insist on enjoying life!" Page 132, "Alcoholics Anonymous"

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9 days :)

Shaking has stoped now, the ol' liver doesn't hurt as much, the fears still creep up on me though.

I had the best time with my son yesterday, I can now think about him and not how sick I am.

All the brilliant ideas I had a few weeks ago now seem like madness. I think my head is starting to clear a bit.

Thanx for the support all of you.

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9 days :)

Shaking has stoped now, the ol' liver doesn't hurt as much, the fears still creep up on me though.

I had the best time with my son yesterday, I can now think about him and not how sick I am.

All the brilliant ideas I had a few weeks ago now seem like madness. I think my head is starting to clear a bit.

Thanx for the support all of you.

I can't imagine what you are going through. The story of your "tiff" reminded me of many times in the past when I gave up smoking - I was almost looking to manufacture a fight so I could say "I might as well have a bloody fag then! ".

I finally managed to stop smoking and have not touched the 'evil weed' for almost 6 years.

I wish you every success in your personal battle. Good luck.

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Livinginexile,

I have the greatest respect for you, you have stuck to this and you are going to win.

I can only imagine how difficult this has been for you.

I was drinking 3 large Chang per day, and a lot of people would not consider that excessive. Medical professionals would say otherwise. I would occasionally have 3 or 4 days of no drinking to give my body a bit of time to recuperate, but these periods of abstinence were getting further and further apart.

I realised that I had not taken a break from drinking for more than 6 months and so I had to take a few days off. I actually found it very difficult this time, obviously, it was becoming too much of a habit.

So I managed a 3 day break and then decided to limit myself to 2 large bottles per day. After 3 days I was back on 3 a day and then I saw your first post "2 days sober". You encouraged me to resume the break, so I've not had a drink for a week now.

Thanks for that :)

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4 days - well done

That's 4 BIG steps on the road to Jungwat "Take control of my own life"

Congrats.

Keep it up BIG man.

When you are feel you can try to go back to your local order a soft drink or water

(your mates should support you) if they dont they are not mates! have a couple when you go

out you will feel a great you can do it.

When you feel you have conquered it your next step is to go back to your local have a couple

of beers only! enjoy them and leave. You know you are in total control when you can have a

drink enjoy it and leave, it is hard but the only way to prove to your self that you are in total control

good luck you can do it

Doing this on your own is next to impossible. The above advice is beyond nasty. It's vulgar and evil. Stay as far away from any bars as possible.

Try to look at it as if the war that goes on in your head is one you'll never win, and get your ass to an AA meeting. Stay away from your old drinking buddies. Meet some winners. There's too much you're missing by doing it on your own. Three pages and only one person has told you to do this. Hard to believe.

Alcohol is a very destructive drug. Probably worse than most that are illegal. It's your worst enemy.

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Livinginexile,

I have the greatest respect for you, you have stuck to this and you are going to win.

I can only imagine how difficult this has been for you.

I was drinking 3 large Chang per day, and a lot of people would not consider that excessive. Medical professionals would say otherwise. I would occasionally have 3 or 4 days of no drinking to give my body a bit of time to recuperate, but these periods of abstinence were getting further and further apart.

I realised that I had not taken a break from drinking for more than 6 months and so I had to take a few days off. I actually found it very difficult this time, obviously, it was becoming too much of a habit.

So I managed a 3 day break and then decided to limit myself to 2 large bottles per day. After 3 days I was back on 3 a day and then I saw your first post "2 days sober". You encouraged me to resume the break, so I've not had a drink for a week now.

Thanks for that :)

Hi Loong;

Firstly let me thank you for all the support you have given me over the past week, I allways look forward to seeing your posts. You and others have been a really strong support for me that I can honestly say it got me over the line a couple of times.

Gee mate, a week...thats great. A couple of years ago I too tried to moderate my drinking but as with yourself I would last a few days on "half rations" so to speak and then I would reward myself with a bender to celibrate my new found resolve. Only to find myself back on the merry-go-round once again.

For me, it's got to be total abstanance. I know beyond any doubt where that first drink will take me, back to missery for me and my family.

I'm off to an AA meeting tomorrow, I now feel well enough mentaly and physically to sit through 1 and half hours. I'm looking forward to it actually.

Good on you Loong and all the best.

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The fact that you are planning to go to a recovery meeting tomorrow is a great sign. It proves that your motivation hasn't begun to wane. A problem that I had for years was that once I physically began to feel better after a few days sober my motivation would fall away. You do not seem to be falling into that trap - great.

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I tried to quit 5 tmes on my own, then I got into a good quit and 4 months in, I was isolating and going a little nuts so I went to an AA meeting and it helped. It doesn't make sense but then again it makes all the sense in the world. I'm now over 1-1/2 years sober and it keeps gettting better.

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10 days :D

Brilliant :D

Are you finidng it easier now?

I am 4 weeks without a drop today, my life has not changed that much, but I control it now, alcohol no longer controls me :)

But I could not do it alone

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Keep up the good work, and I hope you find AA works for you, it did for my dad. :)

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Livinginexile, congrats on your time. Don't think of it as the rest of your life; do it one day at a time. I am coming up on 15 years. The bottom line is: I don't drink one day at a time. No matter what happens, I will not drink today. When I get up tomorrow, I start over. Good luck man. What you're doing is not easy, but it gets easier. I've found life to be much better sober.

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For me, it's got to be total abstanance. I know beyond any doubt where that first drink will take me, back to misery for me and my family.

I'm off to an AA meeting tomorrow, I now feel well enough mentaly and physically to sit through 1 and half hours. I'm looking forward to it actually.

Wow, I think that you have just made such an important statement.

So many people look on alcohol as a friend, but you have actually declared it your enemy!

Alcohol is not a friend, it is not a crutch to help you through the bad times, it's a sneaky enemy that pretends to be your friend and kicks away any support that you may have.

The other day, you had a tiff with your wife and the little devil on your shoulder started to whisper in your ear " Go on, go on, go and buy a bottle, it will help you, you can drown your sorrows"

You did so well to resist this little devil and its lies and you stuck with your commitment.

If you have a little problem and this devil starts to whisper again, just remember......

You can't drown your sorrows - sorrows can swim.

I hope that you found the AA meeting useful.

I look forward to 11,12,20,100,etc days (although the thread may be a bit long by then)

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Livinginexile, congrats on your time. Don't think of it as the rest of your life; do it one day at a time. I am coming up on 15 years. The bottom line is: I don't drink one day at a time. No matter what happens, I will not drink today. When I get up tomorrow, I start over. Good luck man. What you're doing is not easy, but it gets easier. I've found life to be much better sober.

11 days :D

Geez 15 years.

That seems like an eternity for where I am looking :D I guess thats what's difference about doing AA.

I went to a meeting last night and this guy said "it's actually not difficult to stop drinking, the hard bit is to stay stoped".

From my past experiences that little jem hit home.

I'm off to a family BBQ today, they don't even know I've stoped drinking. It's going to be the first time I've been around alcahol. I feel safe though, my resolve is still strong. My big brother is going to be pissed off that I'm not drinking. Should be interesting :)

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"All day everyday",....was me too except I could completely stop for a month or two.Gradually the gaps got longer and the buzz of the first pint turned into the fear of getting back on the booze.Don't expect too much but as they say at AA your heading in the right direction. Good luck mate.

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Congrats on quitting! You are doing so well. Keep up the good work! I am on the same time frame with quitting cigs. I know if I have one I will smoke the pack. You have kept me strong!

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12 days :)

I was at a family BBQ yesterday, everyone was drinking beer as usual.

Suddenly out of the blue I felt like a drink, just like that. Boy it was a strong compulsion too.

I didn't drink but I tell you, when the compulsion comes up it comes up strong.

Anyway 12 days today and physically I am feeling fine.

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Can't have been easy, at least you know that you can resist when temptation is right in your face.

Good for you.

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