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need to stop drinking
January 31, 2001
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Hi supporters-
This is my first message. I'm trying to stop drinking. I don't get drunk but drink every night and alone -- bad signs. I went to AA in the early 90s and quit for 3 years. Only attended meetings for 3 months and hated them. I really don't want to go back there but need some support. Any ideas?

January 31, 2001
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Instead of drinking alone in the evenings - couldn't you find something that you could do together whith others - but whithout drinking?

January 31, 2001
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It starts with you having the will power to not purchase it any more, for starters. You didn't say how much you drink, and so I am unsure of your physical dependency, Dt's etc. Even with drinking it can be a shock to the system to stop suddenly, don't want you to go into seizures, if the quantity has been great. Quit spending the evenings in the same way, go for a walk, take a class, get out of the house, and not to a pub. Get involved. I like a book that is called Rational Recovery, I do believe that they even have a web site. The concept is that we have an higher and lower power with in us, and it is up to us to honor the higher power. For example my higher power says to eat steamed fish and steamed vegies, my lower power says get something fried and lots of Ranch dressing, or cheezy pizza, get it? Change is difficult, but you must start somewhere, alcohol is so damaging to the body, but the good news, and I heard today, that the liver can regenerate.

February 1, 2001
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THanks. I drink less than a regular bottle of wine a night. Can't drink during the day. I'm not in the extreme stage yet, so I want to stop now before I get there. I've been to the Rational Recovery Web site. I'll get the book today. I just would like to have a place to "talk" when I get tempted. Do you know any websites where they have "meetings" or chat.

February 1, 2001
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I don't know of any for certain, but there just must be, keep inputting in your search engine, AA, support etc. I have found many sites for the population that I work with , which is heroin addiction, accidently seeking research. One day at a time eh?

February 2, 2001
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I got the Rational Recovery book yesterday and it is exactly what I've been looking for. Makes so much sense -- Planned, Permanent abstinance. Thanks

February 2, 2001
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Forgot to tell you since you are a wine drinker, substitute fruit juice, it works, and the sugar is what you might be craving. Good luck

February 4, 2001
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I can't believe how wonderful Rational Recovery is. As I read the book, I "just knew" that this was what I believe about addiction -- it's not a disease, it's probably an allergy and I have to make up my mind never to drink again. I decided that Thursday and have not had a drink since -- nor have I even wanted one. Had a few conversations with the "Beast", but WOW this is really IT! Thanks so much Molly.

February 5, 2001
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Love to you, and glad that something I saw on my path helped you . Pay it foreward. XXOO

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