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Trying to get over my substance abuse.
November 26, 2001
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JJC
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I came to the dicision 3 months ago that I am a substance abuser. It started when I was 14. now i am in my late twenties, with a loving wife, and kids. I reallized there was a problem when I started having seruois anxity attacks. It was afecting my marriage. But that was the only way i knew how to destress, or to just get away from things. I still have very bad urges to drink or take pain killers, but will not do it. I just need to find a way to get rid of these awfull urges. I become a very mean person when i have these urges. I am being medicated, and will bw starting counseling soon, even thiugh i do not think it will do any good. Could anybody help me with any Idea's

November 27, 2001
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If you say that counseling will not do you good then you will start to believe it. Go with an open mind. only you have the power to change you. If deep down you dont want to change than you will always be the same. You have to want to change. I know that sounds like cheap advice but it is the truth. Counseling is very good and very helpful. You have someone that sees things in your life from an outside perspective. Someone to "hold you hand" while you fight off your deamons. And that is something you cannot do alone.

November 27, 2001
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Get to an AA, or NA, and get a sponsor, use that person until you are ready to let go. This program is a good start, take what fits for you, and be open to the possibilities. Be committed.

November 27, 2001
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JJC I also started drinking at the age of 14 and I am now in my late very late thirtys. I have been sober for ten months and by no means it isn't easy. If I didn't have a great support group, I wouldn't be sober today. I also didn't really want to go to counseling but the doctor recomended it after she removed five staples from my arm where I cut myself under the influnce and didn't even remember doing it. My counselor that I didn't want to really go to or really want to turst became a very important part of my recovery. She recomended that go to rehabe and I listed to her and it was the was the best thing at the time I could of done, it might of saved my life. Like gyspygirl said it, she hit it right on the nail. If anyone thinks drinking or druging is going to make life easyer or better they are just pissing in the wind. AA, family, counseling, sober friends, allaboutcounseling board, and God is working for me today. I wish you the best of luck but luck isn't going to keep you sober it's alot of hard work and the will to do it.

Blondie congrad on seven years!!! You go girl!!!

November 28, 2001
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JJC
I've been off for about 6 months (I've lost track)The way that I went about it so far is to condition your mind , change your way of thinking ,go to group therapy ,being with others that have similar problems to you , lets you see what you look and act like by watching the others in your group , I can also say that I was given the ultimatom of getting divorced from my wife (my wifes choice ) and thereby losing my two boys .I feel that the love for my family and the group therapy are my main inspirations to stay clean , and I'm sure Blondie and the others will agree with me in saying ,that once you have a clean system you will not believe how much better you feel about yourself , the initial plunge is the hardest . Test your will power out and give it a go .

November 28, 2001
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Rational Recovery is also a good book, if your hesitant to take the life lines of AA. There are also many other sources that you can find on line, but in all honesty, the support, and growth you achieve in a group setting is the easiest best way.

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