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Ashley-Health Educator Feb 12, 2019 (08:07 PM)  

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Welcome Kari, Carol1 and Ally!

I am so glad you three started posting around similar times - it looks like you all have a lot in common. The program and support group can be a big help when trying to quit. Commit to coming here to work on the program and post at least once a week and even more if you are having trouble. We are all here to support each other. Support + information= greater chance for success.

Kari, it sounds like you have a lot of awesome coping strategies. The juicing idea sounds lovely - your body will be so happy. You are so right about the societal pressure to drink. Saying "no, thank you" does take practice, that is why we have a section covering this in the program. Take a look so you can be even more prepared.

Hope to see you all posting again soon!

Ashley, Health Educator

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Ally Feb 12, 2019 (04:00 PM)  

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I’m hearing you on the social pressure!  I went out with coworkers last Friday and ordered a club soda.  Used to get virtually no response, but now that dry January is over, I’m getting sad, apologetic looks and weird silence!  Treatment is Even bordering on judgey, tbh. And today a colleague came to me and said “I’m taking after your lead, I quit drinking” and I’m like “really?  Not my intent to garner a following but go for it!”.  At least I have a partner in crime. 

Kari Feb 10, 2019 (04:29 PM)  

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In glad you signed up! How do you think you will use this site? I hope journaling will really help me. I started a health kick and detox kit today. I bought ingredients for juicing and making smoothies and went to the gym. I find sometimes if I focus on healthy eating and activities it is easier to get out of the cycle. My problem is though I always find an excuse to start drinking again! I ordered a self help book about quitting for good. I hope this helps. Only thing I am worried about is that I committed to going out with 2 coworkers on Saturday and they want to drink.  When I offered to be designated driver they were like no you're drinking with us! I really don't want to. I am thinking maybe I can order non alcoholic beer on the down low and they won't notice. It just sucks that in our society we have to make excuses to not drink like we are crazy. I really want to succeed this time! I have a trip in May booked for 2 weeks and want to do it sober. I want to really experience the vacation and enjoy living vibrantly not half numb. 

How are you doing on your first day? I hope you have found things to keep you strong 

Carol1 Feb 10, 2019 (01:42 PM)  

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Hi Kari...I’m new here as well. Just signed up. I’m also so sick of the cycle. Tired of drinking wine everyday by myself. I’m so ashamed of myself... I have to stop for my health and for my family. Today is day 1 for me and I hope by meeting others here will give me support. Let’s support each other!

Kari Feb 09, 2019 (08:15 PM)  

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Hi there,

I am new here and just signed up today after another weekend of blacked out drunkeness. My drinking pattern is two nights a week on the weekend I binge drink, mostly by myself at home. I always regret it and think why did you waste your time again when I could have done so many positive things instead, like hiking etc. I'm at a point where I am so sick of it. I want to quit completely. I don't want to feel ashamed of myself anymore, I have tried quitting so many times but usually only last 2 months. I don't know what to do to get better. I am thinking of hiring a counsellor because I don't want to do groups like AA. I just know it's affecting my health, and I am always so much happier when I quit but I can't seem to stop for good. I hope this site helps me 

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