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by powellct
14 Jan 2016 18:49
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
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Views: 3794355

Re: The First 7 Days

Theres a wealth of stuff to work on there, LFH.
by powellct
12 Jan 2016 06:03
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

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^ what Sandy said (hiya ;) ). I'm still lurking should anyone need a boost.
by powellct
07 Jan 2016 18:55
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

Re: The First 7 Days

I'm still here, I keep a weather eye on things but am wary of sticking my big fat oar in too deep - and peer support is really important to help you learn from each other. Do feel free to PM me if you're ever stuck. CT - do try to get an appt with your GP, assuming you're not already on an SSRI. It ...
by powellct
02 Jan 2016 21:15
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

Re: The First 7 Days

Evening all, just a quite note - I'm seeing some posts that imply that wanting a drink is a no-no. Absolutely not - it's completely normal and understandable - if you consider how long it took to develop your problem, it doesn't go away just because you make the decision to stop. The key point is to...
by powellct
02 Jan 2016 16:37
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

Re: The First 7 Days

Day 4 has and it hasn't started well. Oh and me have had words. Our relationship isn't great at the moment which I won't go into but let's just say I have to keep on this sobriety thing to be able to make the right decisions. Certainly none to be made at the moment as I need to get well. I have als...
by powellct
01 Jan 2016 07:19
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

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Hi all, happy new year. I may have given the wrong impression with that post - it wasn't intended to elicit sympathy, but rather to show no matter how adverse life is we have control over our reaction to it. Historically, yes, I could have used it as an excuse to pick up; now I react differently to ...
by powellct
31 Dec 2015 22:59
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
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Ah, new year 2015 - the new years eve where the vet tells you your beloved 17yo cat has an oral tumour. Will I have a drink? No. I'd like to, but it'll serve no purpose. Remember some posts back I said if we can deal with the stuff way before we even get to the stage of picking up, it's a bit easier...
by powellct
30 Dec 2015 21:14
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

Re: The First 7 Days

Thanks powellct. I see what you mean. I guess I don't know where to start to look for the cause because I have no idea. I know I have a tendency to drink when I'm bored, unfulfilled and generally when I'm feeling low. Conversely I can also take a drink when I'm happy......so I'm not sure. It's for ...
by powellct
30 Dec 2015 15:49
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

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Maybe you're applying the strength in the wrong place. Newt has pinned it there - if you're working on the symptom instead of the cause, you're perpetually relying on willpower to stop using. Works for a bit, but the old brain box gets a bit tired of the internal arguing and all of a sudden that Pro...
by powellct
30 Dec 2015 14:29
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
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Views: 3794355

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but I intend to go cold turkey from tomorrow (that gives me 5 days before I need to go back to work) I know your are all right with your advice but I just can't face getting professional help again just yet Uh, if this was in my group I'd be telling you to taper off rather than cold turkey. It can ...
by powellct
30 Dec 2015 09:15
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

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Keep it up guys - as long as you're moving forward it's progress. The behaviours we learn to get to the state where it's untenable take time to unlearn. The brain is a remarkable thing, but you can't rush it. That's not an excuse to not try, but bear it in mind. Read an interesting little anology ye...
by powellct
29 Dec 2015 11:35
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

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PB, please seek help as a matter of urgency - jaundice is a sign that things are really not very good, but are controllable. With regard to professional help, please do engage with your local Drug and Alcohol Team, and if the counsellor you get is no good, ask for another one - its your recovery, no...
by powellct
28 Dec 2015 22:54
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

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Just read your post Col. 6 years AF! That is amazing. Do a search on my early posts on here from 2009 - you'll recognise the anguish. Its why I try to give something back - this forum was incredibly helpful to me when I couldn't (wouldn't) work a 12-step programme, and before I found a counsellor t...
by powellct
28 Dec 2015 22:04
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

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Top Tip: When the urges and craving hit, visualise a big red "STOP" sign - or draw an imaginary line on the floor. Now, before you walk past that sign, or step over the line, ask yourself why you're doing it - play the tape to the end. At that point it may not stop you, but you're starting to train ...
by powellct
28 Dec 2015 21:57
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

Re: The First 7 Days

At the moment I'm not in a place where I can say 'duhdaaaa' I'm an alcoholic but il think of an excuse. Any tips on what to say in such circumstances btw? You will never, ever, ever, hear me call myself the A word. What I tell people now is "I used to have a problem with it". My suggestion would be...
by powellct
28 Dec 2015 21:51
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

Re: The First 7 Days

Why is a good question, which is what I wake up asking myself after every binge. Do try asking it before - play the tape to the end - in the early days its not easy, but like a lot of habits (good and bad) reinforcement is the key. As the evening approaches I guess it's boredom, somehow I convince ...
by powellct
28 Dec 2015 09:08
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

Re: The First 7 Days

K81984 wrote:
This evening will be the problem.
One question - "why"?
(I know why because I've been there, but I'd like you to explain it, so you can see how wonky it looks when it's written down)


Col.
by powellct
27 Dec 2015 06:37
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

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I love it when the lightbulb starts to flash on. Slightly wonky thinking (the timeline of not being able to get pissed doesn't address the WHY) - but if the end result is waking up in the morning without worrying about who you upset/hit/texted/slept with, and with a clear head, then that's absolutel...
by powellct
26 Dec 2015 09:18
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

Re: The First 7 Days

Ah, day 5 where the worst of the hangover is gone, you've got through the day 3 "top up" and are starting to think "y'know what, I quite like this". And then comes the stinking thinking. I'm not going to tell you what to do, Dab (or anyone) 'cause that's not how we work. However... If you've success...
by powellct
24 Dec 2015 08:09
Forum: Sobriety Challenges
Topic: The First 7 Days
Replies: 82810
Views: 3794355

Re: The First 7 Days

Hey Elizabeth - your post kind of rang some bells with me. My wife got to the end of her tether and threatened to divorce me if I didn't stop (this was after an all day binge as I tried to convince her I hadn't been drinking :oops: ). After I'd managed to stay dry for around 6 months, she had the au...