I daresy my story is not uncommon. A 'party' drinker in my late teens and twenties, a 'social' drinker in my 30s, gradually increasing till lunchtime drinks became as regular as my evening ones. A continuing slide to a point where drinking consumed my life (excuse the pun) and my life became a misery of feeling anxious and sick relieved only by alcohol. In the last ten years I have made many efforts to cut down - hypnotherapy, counselling, willpower, all failed. I finally got up the courage to go to CADS and they helped free me from addiction with an at-home medical detox. Everything was great for 6 months, I resumed small amounts of social drinking. But then the slippery slide saw me descend rapidly to where I was at the worst of my drinking. I have accepted I cannot control or manage my drinking and need to stop completely. But the withdrawal is so bad I need help again. CADS is supporting me through another at-home medical detox in two weeks and then I intend to never drink again. But I will need all the help I can get, hence joining this community.
Oh that is fantastic. I’m so happy with you and its been very special sharing the journey with you. I’m bummed I can’t get to the next ChCh gathering but I do get to Christchurch a bit for work this year so maybe I’ll come and visit your pub sometime!.
yes it’s pretty hard to confront thoughts like that. the booze was pretty handy for burying any emotion you didn’t want to deal with. hope you are able to find some level of comfort in being able to sitting and acception your feelings. this too shall pass xxx
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