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hors controle Jan 06, 2020 (08:10 PM)  

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Hi Sparky,

I am happy to see you so enthusiastic. It is inspiring. I just went to see about that book you mention. Would you recommend it?

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That is a great goal you have Sparky61, and it's a goal that you can carry with you on your journey.  Nice job!

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Sparky61 Jan 06, 2020 (08:52 AM)  

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Good morning to all!


It feels great to be free of alcohol and sober today! It is amazing how awful alcohol mentally, and physically made me feel like crap. My goal in sobriety is to stay in the present moment ( I love the book "practicing the power of now" by Eckhert Tolle I am committed to unlearning my thought pattern of thinking of the past or worrying about the future! If I focus on whats happening right NOW, I know I can truly enjoy my life as it is.
Wishing everyone a happy, sober day!

Dave57 Jan 05, 2020 (01:00 PM)  

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Thanks for the advice on having a plan. I appreciate it!!

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Dave57 Jan 05, 2020 (12:59 PM)  

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Thanks for the advice on having a plan. I appreciate it!!

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Lynn123 Jan 04, 2020 (08:23 PM)  

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Dave57, a week is an awesome start.  You realize that you will be faced with drinking opportunities, and that’s good too.  A good next step to that realization is to have a plan. It doesn’t matter if it’s something you say or something you do, but knowing you have plan can increase the likelihood that you will make it through the situation.  


hors controle, you’re Post-It note idea is a good one.  Constant reminders are a good way to make it through the tough times.  Sorry you had a hard time today, but you made it through. Those little victories add up.


Sparky61, welcome!  


Ashley-Health Educator Jan 04, 2020 (07:31 PM)  

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Good for you Dave57! Soon you should see your overall mood improve and your energy levels increase. You have lots to look forward to, even though it may not feel like that now. 


Keep us posted on how you are doing. 
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hors controle Jan 04, 2020 (05:41 PM)  

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Welcome Sparky61,

We are all in the same boat and you are very welcome to write anything that can help you. Congrats on your first day! It is the biggest move.

And Congrats Dave57!! One week already. You seem pretty determine. I am on my 4th day today. It is hard to remember why we quit when the cravings become too strong. I have put Post-it on my kitchen cupboards to remind myself of all the advantages of being sober. I looked at them a lot today. lol. It was a hard day.

Continue the good work, both of you

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Hi, 


Today is my 1st day on the site and my 1st day of sobriety. I am really happy to have a place to write how I am feeling
 and get support from people who understand. 

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I am stopping cold turkey. So far it's been manageable, but it's only been a week. But still, I did a week. I feel better mentally a little bit. I am hoping to remember that feeling when I'm faced with the next"drinking" opportunity. 

Dave

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I am stopping cold turkey. So far it's been manageable, but it's only been a week. But still, I did a week. I feel better mentally a little bit. I am hoping to remember that feeling when I'm faced with the next"drinking" opportunity. 

Dave

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Welcome Dave57,


Coming to that realization is sometimes the toughest part. Even just allowing yourself to think about making plans to change is a step in the right direction. You deserve to see yourself as a better man. How do you plan to get started?  Are you stopping cold turkey? Any ideas on how you will manage cravings?


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Dave57,


Hello and welcome.  Coming to a realization that you need to change your drinking habits is a hard first step.  You will find support here.  Again, welcome and good luck!

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Aug of 2006 I realized I need to change, so I reached up to a counselor who then suggested I consulted a psychologist who suggested I attend AA and see a spiritual solution. Once I went to the meetings and started reading the book of alcoholics anonymous, I came to realize that a small percentage of men and women cant control drinking worse part their warped thinking will lead them back to the first drink over and over again. You can look back at the attempts in staying stopped. The mind always tricks us back into drinking. And then we drink way over originally planned and then we drinking phase keeps increasing. If you have insurance maybe you can check into a facility where you can get a brief period of separation from alcohol and that help you stage a recovery.

Dave57 Dec 29, 2019 (08:04 AM)  

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Hello to all. I have come to the realization that I was drinking to get tipsy, and have issues saying enough. The only way is to stop altogether. I am hopeful the positive  feelings will rule day. I am tired,of,the guilt and want to be a better man.

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