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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby jbar on Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:59 pm

If I'm counting correctly, October 3 was 90 days ago.

I feel good, I guess. Big holidays are behind me, about to leave my job and hit the road.

If I can do it, you can do it. Here's to all of you struggling or striding.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby jimmy spako on Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:22 pm

My little brother is seven years sober today.
I've been on here long enough that I posted about when he wasn't and then when he was trying to get there.

I forgot his anniversary this year till just now. Made me very happy to remember and hit him up.

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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby BusBus on Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:14 pm

I had pretty much stopped the regular, heavy drinking(every other day) when my wife was diagnosed with cancer 2.5 years ago, but I would still have a night or two every month where I would binge drink all the beer I had at my disposal.

After her diagnosis, my wife and I started exercising again, mainly riding bikes off road and bike commuting for me. I ended up going all in on bike racing and ended up placing 2nd in a state wide series last summer for my age group, but was still doing the 1-2x a month binge thing along with chain smoking when I would drink. This past November I finally had enough and I haven't had a drink or cig since November 15. My obsession with off road bike racing helped me quit as there is no way I would be able to survive moving up a category and remain competitive this upcoming summer race season if I did any of the occasional binging. Another benefit is I am down about 45 pounds and I'm no longer an angry hung over piece of crap in front of my kids and wife. I can't believe how much money I used to spend at the bar and liquor store. The lifetime spend is incalculable.

For the most part, it's been going ok except for when I took a deep dive back into depression and anxiety due to work this past December. Luckily I didn't go back to drinking, but I now realize how much the drinking used to dull the depression lurking deep inside. i had to take an extended leave of absence from work, but am now back at work and feeling motivated to move past the depression/anxiety with help from my old friend ssri. Onward.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby Boombats on Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:02 pm

BusBus, you the best man. Good to see you here despite some of the circumstances.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby andyman on Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:33 pm

BusBus wrote:Luckily I didn't go back to drinking, but I now realize how much the drinking used to dull the depression lurking deep inside.


This is a vastly underrated comment. Drinking keeps everything on an even keel (more or less), but you also don't really get to feel much emotion. All that comes rushing back once you stop and learning how to experience it again and be ok with it takes getting used to. It's where the joy is, though.

I don't post about it much, but I will say that I hit 4 years without drinking this past January. Life isn't perfect or anything, but it's a lot better than it was, and I get to practise being a better son, brother, friend, etc. which is where much of the value is.
Maybe things will change at some point? Who knows. I hope not.


Keep up the good work everyone. Keep trying.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby Tommy Alpha on Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:41 am

andyman wrote:I don't post about it much, but I will say that I hit 4 years without drinking this past January. Life isn't perfect or anything, but it's a lot better than it was, and I get to practise being a better son, brother, friend, etc. which is where much of the value is.
Maybe things will change at some point? Who knows. I hope not.


Keep up the good work everyone. Keep trying.


Well done, mate. This makes me very happy to read. You should be proud of yourself.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby night_tools on Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:17 am

Tommy Alpha wrote:
andyman wrote:I don't post about it much, but I will say that I hit 4 years without drinking this past January. Life isn't perfect or anything, but it's a lot better than it was, and I get to practise being a better son, brother, friend, etc. which is where much of the value is.
Maybe things will change at some point? Who knows. I hope not.


Keep up the good work everyone. Keep trying.


Well done, mate. This makes me very happy to read. You should be proud of yourself.


Agreed. I'm sorry we're not in touch more, but I'm very happy to hear that you're doing well.
I've had more than a few experiences which made it very clear that my relationship with alcohol was unhealthy and my ability to drink sensibly was diminishing.
I managed a month of not drinking, didn't miss it. Had a few beers last weekend, didn't enjoy them. Back off the booze for the foreseeable future.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby mrcancelled on Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:07 pm

I just realized that February 11th marked two years for me. Funny how much faster the second year seemed to go by compared to the first one. I absolutely could not have done it without this thread and without the folks who reached out to me after I'd posted about struggling. I will forever be grateful for you all.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby Pasta on Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:26 pm

beginning weening. seeing a doctor on wednesday.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby Boombats on Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:59 pm

mrcancelled wrote:I just realized that February 11th marked two years for me. Funny how much faster the second year seemed to go by compared to the first one. I absolutely could not have done it without this thread and without the folks who reached out to me after I'd posted about struggling. I will forever be grateful for you all.

That's huge, mrcancelled! Congratulations and thank you for giving the world the gift of yourself, in undistilled form.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby Mason on Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:48 pm

Fell off a little bit recently. Nothing bad's happened, but it's very embarrassing. I can't be sure what triggered it, other than that things have been going well for me for a while now and I suspect that I have the tendency to self-sabotage. I don't know if anyone has experience with that kind of thing but I'm all ears.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby Pasta on Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:33 pm

Going into Rehab this weekend.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby tmidgett on Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:44 pm

Pasta wrote:Going into Rehab this weekend.


Good luck.

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Postby Ripped_van_vinkl on Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:47 pm

Boombats wrote:
Marsupialized wrote:I used to drink to pants wetting unconciousness nearly every day. I barely drink anymore, I get what would be considered 'drunk' maybe once every 3 months at this point.
I started taking lots of pills that would make me violently sick if I drank on them so that made me stop drinking, then I stopped with the pills and the drinking didn't come back.


At first I thought you were talking about those prescription drugs that are made to Clockwork-Orange you into sobriety.


Ah yes, Anabuse, if I remember. Not crap.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby mrcancelled on Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:54 pm

Boombats wrote:
mrcancelled wrote:I just realized that February 11th marked two years for me. Funny how much faster the second year seemed to go by compared to the first one. I absolutely could not have done it without this thread and without the folks who reached out to me after I'd posted about struggling. I will forever be grateful for you all.

That's huge, mrcancelled! Congratulations and thank you for giving the world the gift of yourself, in undistilled form.


Thanks man!

Pasta wrote:Going into Rehab this weekend.


That's an awesome decision, I wish you the best and if there's anything I can help with please feel free to PM. And there's quite a few sober Chicago folks on the forum and in the city, so don't worry about lack of company.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby Pasta on Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:34 pm

Home from medical detox. Tomorrow I check in for a more therapeutic approach to sober living.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby Justin Foley on Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:02 am

Pasta wrote:Home from medical detox. Tomorrow I check in for a more therapeutic approach to sober living.


Welcome home, motherfucker!

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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby steve on Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:24 am

Pasta wrote:Home from medical detox. Tomorrow I check in for a more therapeutic approach to sober living.

Great news, keep us posted.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby Tommy Alpha on Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:43 am

Pasta wrote:Home from medical detox. Tomorrow I check in for a more therapeutic approach to sober living.


Well done, man.
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Re: Abstaining from alcohol.

Postby jbar on Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:03 pm

150 days for me tomorrow.
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