• Amy posted a new activity comment 19 hours, 50 minutes ago

    Well done for planning ahead for your outing tonight @sunshinestace!! Enjoy your day and be sure to take some time outs for a breather for yourself if you can πŸ™‚ xo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 19 hours, 51 minutes ago

    This is a beautiful post @tom4500, what an awesome reflection! Taking the time to reflect on your accomplishments is so important, what a ride this is huh? A wonderful one at that! xo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 19 hours, 53 minutes ago

    I am so glad you are here and could never get sick of you!! Take care of yourself today, you can do this. xoxo Keep posting, keep using your tools, you are stronger than you know xoxo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 4 hours ago

    What a warrior and hero you are @jessi! Sending prayers xoxo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 5 hours ago

    @tipsytoegal, I am so glad that you have left this man and are not with him anymore. Also glad you had an opportunity to talk to some friends who love you. Please know that you are a child of God loved beyond measure and nothing you do or say will ever change Gods love for you. Hugs to you xoxoxo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 14 hours ago

    @reena xoxo

  • Amy posted an update 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Hi Everyone! I spent a lot of time yesterday reading through my anxiety workbook and another book titled ‘The Body Keeps Score’ that was recommended to me. They both are completely fascinating to me. Because I have spent my whole live avoiding my past and disassociating it really is quite interesting to start digging into why I have some of the…[Read more]

    • Morning @amy , sounds like a full weekend ahead and great plan for the family gathering. Fun!! So nice when you can go and talk to people and catch up on their lives, and then leave, and have nothing to do with the booze part, right? When I was drinking I would have seen that kind of gathering as an opportunity to drink as much wine as I could…[Read more]

    • Hi @amy well done for doing whats best for you… arriving late and leaving early. I also find 4 hours is my cutoff time… after that I just feel tired of being with people. I like socialising, but 4 hours is plenty.
      That book, the body keeps the score, is one that I also have on my kindle to read at some point. Its on our reading list at…[Read more]

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    So glad you had a nice time at your book club @freedom1025!! I’m sorry to hear about how crazy busy work has been for you and the amount of stress that you have been under. Hopefully you will be able to take some time off for the upcoming holidays? xo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Yes, keep trying, you can do this @camla3126! You have identified what you feel and what happens in your brain, that is the first step. Maybe you can use imagery to walk yourself through that time that you know will come where your brain tells you that it wants a drink and imagine yourself making a different choice. Do that over and over again…[Read more]

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Ahhhhh, big sigh of happiness for you @mari135!! Enjoy your day lovely πŸ™‚ xo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    So true @islandone!! xo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Awesome @nixon35!! Weekends can be tough, but each time you get through a weekend you are building those sober muscles and retraining your brain to make different healthier choices. Stock up on lots of alcohol free beverages. My favorite in the beginning was cranberry juice in a wine glass. I still felt celebratory but wasn’t putting poison…[Read more]

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    I understand why you might feel ashamed, but please don’t put that on yourself. Alcohol is cunning and slippery and weasels it’s way into our lives and sets up shop in our brains. We are the cool ones that buck society and are taking care of our bodies by no longer putting poison into it. You do not have to tell anyone anything you are not…[Read more]

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Awesome @picklegirl!! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Oh, I’m sorry to hear that she relapsed. This is a tough disease and for many of us we had quite a few day 1’s. I think just being supportive to your sister and letting her know that you are there for her will mean a lot. xo

    • thank you, Amy. So frustrating. I’ve been drinking almost every day for the past 10 years and just a few days ago, I said to myself that “I’m done.” I don’t want the following anymore: dry skin, tiredness, lethargy, bags under my eyes, low libido, arguments with my husband (we have an otherwise awesome relationship), weight gain, headaches,…[Read more]

      • @sober4real What does “addiction education” consist of? Do the treatment centers focus on the issues underlying why the person started drinking in the first place? Just trying to understand what a typical day would be like in a center. thanks

      • @becc the curriculum for each one is different but in general NO. In one on one sessions with their counselors which sadly only once a week they may focus on underlying issues with the client but most of the time they are in groups which focus on alcohol and drug education. A typical day for inpatient would be group, lunch, writing, see your…[Read more]

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 1 day, 18 hours ago

    Welcome @genesis! This is a wonderfully supportive community, happy to have you here πŸ™‚

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 2 days, 7 hours ago

    Thank you so much @tom4500, I can’t tell you how much this response means to me, it came at just the right time and was exactly what I needed to read in that moment. xoxo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 2 days, 7 hours ago

    Thank you so much @Jes!! I thought of you today as I continued to read through this book. I know you are working so hard on your anxiety and it is an inspiration to me xo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 2 days, 7 hours ago

    Thank you @JM! So glad to be free of the poison xo

  • Amy posted a new activity comment 2 days, 7 hours ago

    Thank you so much for your kind words @jocord!! xoxo

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