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    Dealing with alcoholism

    Alcohol is my addiction. I made it 4 months and finally felt like I was getting my life together until I drank last night. Im already in a lot of legal trouble and can't afford to drink. It seems like I am able to go 4-6 months sober but then impulsively binge. I've tried AA but talking about alcohol seems to make my cravings more intense.

    I have never been a religious man but For the first time I plan on going to church next Saturday. Im 26 and need a life change. I'd like to tell myself that I'm making progress but the reality is, One more DUI and I'll be looking at 10 years.

    Any advice?
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    Have you explored the reasons behind your addiction? Do you know what drives it or triggers it? Addiction is a disease. Get proper medical help if that is an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdsintrees View Post
    Have you explored the reasons behind your addiction? Do you know what drives it or triggers it? Addiction is a disease. Get proper medical help if that is an option.
    Epilepsy may have contributed to my drinking but my siezures are controled now. I think I need to rekindle old passions. I tend to self destruct when I have free time, my train of thought wonders into the dark corners of my mind. I just had 4 days off from work and that may have been the trigger... I've considered maybe taking up boxing. I love to compete and think I would be good at it.

    I've also considered going to church for the social support that it may provide... Most of my friends are alcoholics themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broc13 View Post
    Epilepsy may have contributed to my drinking but my siezures are controled now. I think I need to rekindle old passions. I tend to self destruct when I have free time, my train of thought wonders into the dark corners of my mind. I just had 4 days off from work and that may have been the trigger... I've considered maybe taking up boxing. I love to compete and think I would be good at it.

    I've also considered going to church for the social support that it may provide... Most of my friends are alcoholics themselves.
    Sounds like finding a new set of friends might be a really good idea. Maybe it's time to find out what's hiding in those dark corners of your mind. If there is stuff there that needs to be dealt with then ultimately it will keep coming back no matter how busy you keep.
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    I read a story about a man who to cope with quitting his addiction ran everyday on a treadmill (for however) many miles and would rely on the "runners" high primarily to help him cope with the negative feelings and so he would feel so good he would not need to resort to drinking to feel better. Though, that is just an exemplary story, because exercise and nutrition is one of the most common ways of coping obviously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Broc13 View Post
    Alcohol is my addiction. I made it 4 months and finally felt like I was getting my life together until I drank last night. Im already in a lot of legal trouble and can't afford to drink. It seems like I am able to go 4-6 months sober but then impulsively binge. I've tried AA but talking about alcohol seems to make my cravings more intense.

    I have never been a religious man but For the first time I plan on going to church next Saturday. Im 26 and need a life change. I'd like to tell myself that I'm making progress but the reality is, One more DUI and I'll be looking at 10 years.

    Any advice?
    Make sure you don't get another DUI. Even it can become a bitch you can't drive at a certain moment, think about how much a bitch it would be if you do get another DUI.

    And what I have learned from other alcoholics. You will be that for the remaining of your life, but the ones who don't look like one (who have stopped) have found a way to deal with that. Key is stay in touch with people, whether it's AA or church, or a buddy, just keep in touch with people, possibly you need to do that daily. Find the right people for that. Alcoholics who have stopped drinking are usually good people for that, they understand you and are willing to help. Good luck with that.

    Be proud of every day you don't drink, and don't plan too much ahead (don't say I will never... that is too much to ask for yourself; you may eventually, but don't pressure yourself too much).

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    My brother is pretty much where you are....only 10 years further down the road and with a nasty coke habit on top of the alcoholism. He was charged with criminal DUI and has had his license revoked more than once. He had some success with AA for a while, but it didn't last long. He tried counselling, but couldn't find a therapist he felt comfortable with. A month ago, he checked himself into a private rehab facility. He'll probably be there at least another month.

    It comes down to two things really:

    1) You have to want to change. You can have all the help in the world, but if you really don't want to stop drinking, then you're not going to.

    2) You need to get to the root of why you drink. Once you know why you drink, you can address any unresolved emotional issues you may have, learn what your triggers are and find healthier ways to cope.

    Beyond that, I'll just say take it one day at a time. Look at every day as a completely independent unit. If you have a bad day, that doesn't mean it has to turn into a bad week. If you fall off the wagon, be kind to yourself. It's just a setback, not the end of the world. You're going to have lapses. Don't beat yourself up over it or start thinking that you're a failure. Reset, and start over with a clean slate the next day.
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    If you do drink, you should at least not drive. You're not addicted to driving, are you? Then it shouldn't be too hard to avoid.

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    Try and stay busy with hobbies that take you outside the home? Gym, hiking, running and etc... I notice that I give into temptations a lot when at home doing nothing.

    And... this is sort of joke but... When I started smoking weed, I pretty much quit drinking when before I would go out sometimes three times a week for drinks. Changed my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Broc13 View Post
    Alcohol is my addiction. I made it 4 months and finally felt like I was getting my life together until I drank last night. Im already in a lot of legal trouble and can't afford to drink. It seems like I am able to go 4-6 months sober but then impulsively binge. I've tried AA but talking about alcohol seems to make my cravings more intense.

    I have never been a religious man but For the first time I plan on going to church next Saturday. Im 26 and need a life change. I'd like to tell myself that I'm making progress but the reality is, One more DUI and I'll be looking at 10 years.

    Any advice?
    Advice?

    The most obvious advice of course is: Don't drink.

    But that never works I guess.

    What I don't understand is that the trouble you´re in isn't the drinking itself. It's the drinking AND then driving.

    Why do you need to drive after you drink? I can't understand this. And why do you have to drink so much?


    I see so many people in public transport that on their way back home, they are having a beer (or 2). They probably have another one at home. It seems to be a way to unwind after a busy day. Medically these people are alcoholists. It's a form of self-medication to be able to deal with the busy days. But these people don't drive when they've had a couple of drinks.

    Just don't drive when you had a drink. Not even if it was just one. That doesn't solve your alcoholism problem, but that certainly solves your legal problems. Is it that hard to make sure you only drink when you don't have to drive afterwards?


     
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