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Lynn123 Apr 16, 2019 (09:37 AM)  

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Ally,


I understand being unsure of how your days would be filled if you stopped drinking before the summer.  I am a teacher and I remember anxiously awaiting the arrival of summer. Not for all the fun things that I would be able to do, but because I would be able to drink as much as I wanted and not worry about work the next day.


I have been alcohol free since August 2015.  If you are considering becoming alcohol free, I encourage you to start now.  I wish I had back the time I spent drinking, I now feel it was wasted time. There is SO much to be done to fill your days.  But it all begins with a Day 1.


I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Lynn


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I am also in education and I’m worried about how I’ll fill my days off in the summer. 

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Welcome!


Congrats on getting started. It sounds like you really want to make this change for yourself and your family. I love the goal you have set for yourself. Making yourself accountable can really help.

Are you planning on abstaining completely? Or are you thinking about moderation?




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Amstew5, Welcome to the forum.
 
Have you tried staying stopped before? I ran into a teacher on a recent cruise liner who was telling her story. She had decided to put an end to her drinking and gave away all the bottles to her neighbor but being alcoholic, a few days later she got thirsty and went back crawling to her neighbor one late night and begged her for a bottle from the pool she had given up just a few days before. The mind of the alcoholic plays a vital role in taking one back out. That is the realization one should have and then take effort to fix the problem. AA meetings are of great help, visit one but if you are worried about privacy there are lot of on-line groups that can help you too.

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Hello amstew5 and welcome!  I am sorry to hear of your struggle but you have taken a big step coming here for help.  Also, good job on going 2 days without drinking. Take pride every step you make. How has today been for you?  


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Hello, I am brand new on here and sober for 2 days. My vice is Vodka and I secretly drink it around my family. My husband always knows when I am drinking and when he confronts me, it goes 2 ways: If I have had too much I get so mean and say horrible things to him and scare my son. If I have just started, I cry and apologize and stop for the day. This is affecting my work and my family in ways I never would have imagined. I have taken money from my husband to buy vodka and have lied so many times, I have lost count. I want more than anything to take charge here and now and drop this terrible habit. I have gained a lot of weight because of my choices to drink. I want to take care of myself now and be better as a whole, first for myself and second for my family. I have to do this.

Thank you for this site and I welcome anyone to send comments my way. I am also available to talk through here. My goal is to check in daily. Weekends and summer is going to really test me. I am a teacher, so I have my summers off. 

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