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  • Introduce yourself here - lived experience

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    Cat7
    Posts: 75
    Joined: Thu May 09, 2019 10:52 am

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:31 pm

    Hi @Thenewme and @KS_. Welcome to the forums and thank you for sharing your stories.

    It sounds like you are both at a similar cross roads where your drinking has effected your family life and now is the time things need to change and I know so many on here have been in similar situations.

    I look forward to hearing more from you.
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    KS_
    Posts: 2
    Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:02 pm

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:55 pm

    Thanks for the warm welcome!
    8 days since my incident, not a drop of alcohol, no cravings to speak of which I was expecting. Small issue with anxiety on Monday but i was meeting with a lawyer and was processing the whole thing.
    Feeling great so far, though it's early days.
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    M6396J
    Posts: 2
    Joined: Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:37 pm

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:14 pm

    Hi,

    Recently coming to terms with all the mistakes I’ve made with substance abuse, and kind of just actually seeing what’s out there in terms of help. Mainly on here to read other people’s experiences. Also I only just just recently admitted I have a problem and want to fix things. So kind of on here to actually find out how other people did it and the struggles and successes people have had. My relationships have been damaged between friends and family and honestly I just want to be able to get them back to a shred of what they used to be. Iv lost a lot of people’s trust, and I never really understood the importance of it until now. But I’m also hoping that opening up will help me become a healthier and more mentally open person. So far just reading all your stories has made me feel a tiny bit more comforted so thank you for that :D
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    izy3
    Posts: 45
    Joined: Thu May 09, 2019 3:20 pm

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:22 am

    Hi @M6396J
    It sounds you have got a very meaningful realisation that how important your family and friends are for you.
    Acknowledgment of your problem should be a significant step that you took, so you can gradually build trust with them again.
    I believe it never be late. It may take time and may not always go in a way you expect, however you can only put yourself in a better position over time.
    What kinds of coping strategies have you got in place to address your problem with substance?
    Keep us updated on how you are doing!
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    Gizelle
    Posts: 7
    Joined: Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:19 am

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:46 pm

    One thing I am finding hard to confront is a friend who wants me to stay addicted to alcohol. This friend will be upset. The online course I plan to do is Chaplaincy and this friend will be horrified even further about this. I am unsure why I feel so threatened by what this person thinks. I don't want to sabotage myself... I love this friend but am stifled by friendship.... Just want to be respected for positive choices I am making and criticised....
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    Jepo
    Posts: 2
    Joined: Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:15 am

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:25 am

    Hi. Brand new here. I have a big drinking problem. Have known for a long time but even that simple fact of writing it down scares the shit out of me. I am a husband, a father of 3 amazing boys and a grandfather of one amazing little girl. I have a great job, beautiful home, all the toys anyone could want and all i want to do is drink. I am losing my joy and need to act now. Interested in others stories and tips. Greg
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    Jepo
    Posts: 2
    Joined: Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:15 am

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:25 am

    Hi. Brand new here. I have a big drinking problem. Have known for a long time but even that simple fact of writing it down scares the shit out of me. I am a husband, a father of 3 amazing boys and a grandfather of one amazing little girl. I have a great job, beautiful home, all the toys anyone could want and all i want to do is drink. I am losing my joy and need to act now. Interested in others stories and tips. Greg
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    Js91
    Posts: 1
    Joined: Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:55 am

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:34 am

    Hey thank you for having the courage to share your story im new here too and I've been smoking daily for the past 2 years I have had breaks ( longest 1 month )

    I used to smoke a bit in my teens 14-18.
    Then I stopped.
    Then I started again at 26..
    I started smoking as a way to deal with being hungover.. I do not drink a lot of alcohol however I have had issues around alcohol use as I don't know when to stop so therefore I don't drink often, hangovers are really full on and depressing so smoking really helped with that until 2 years later I'm still doing the same thing.
    I'd like to know how your going
    Hope your well
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