RubyRed427 wrote: »
@FeelinFooFoo I was listening to a podcast that said it is habit that is so deeply ingrained to reach for the bottle in times of stress or happiness or whatever, because that's what we've been doing for years to cope... So you are learning, normal, growing and figuring it all out. I'm happy you felt comfortable to express yourself about it on this thread. It helps us all, and we totally have been there.
I think going back to Annie Grace is a great idea. You had success and it will reinforce your thoughts on alcohol.
I know that our brain really struggles when we try to change it, so little by little, you will get there and find other coping mechanisms. But for now, you're doing well. Look at how many successful times you've had these past few months- tons of success.
whitpauly wrote: »
6:57 am in Vegas another 24,@FeelinFoofoo it's hard for me to stop the next few days again if I've drank, it just feeds that little monster and seems to make it want more, you're doing great tho, glad you can think it out clearly and make the right choices and not beat yourself up, does no good I've learned, waves to all and have a wonderful AF day 💗
lorrainequiche59 wrote: »
@FeelinFooFoo I'm in the same boat as @aroze0928 most of my growing pains and on again/off again battle with trying to quit drinking was prior to joining the Less Alcohol thread & was SO thankful when Jen started this thread because my goal was to stay AF not drink less...cause that wasn't working for me and I was at the point where I knew I needed to stop. It will happen for you too. I'm glad that you realize the futility of beating yourself up cause you are learning...that is all, just a lesson in what you don't want. Even though our alcohol brains want it, you are stronger than that part of you. This is not a set back, it is part of your learning process and you ARE learning. You GO girl!!
RubyRed427 wrote: »
Feeling bored here on a Saturday afternoon; this wolf says "c'mon relax have one". Then my real brain says "One will lead to ten." Start cleaning or reading instead....
donimfp wrote: »
Yesterday in Sober School Kate posted a "How She Did It" piece from one of her "graduates." She does this several times a week. Anyway, this young woman, who has been sober since 2017, was an eloquent writer. Wish she would write a book. She made an excellent point. While careful to acknowledge that AA has helped countless people, she noted that a problem with the particular group she attended was that the women seemed to put alcohol on a pedestal--like it was this wonderful substance that they were unlucky enough to not be able to enjoy, whereas other people could enjoy it and not suffer. Doing this, she felt, was keeping them stuck in a yearning for something that is a toxin that did no one any favors, ever, instead of enjoying the glorious life @FeelinFooFoo referred to ("Pure joy. Bags of energy. Natural high"). She said that sobriety needn't be filled with unending drama. After the hard bits (the beginning), there is so much to embrace in life without looking back longingly at something that isn't worth it.
This mindset is helping me, this time, to go literally days without missing alcohol one little bit. Grapefruit juice and tonic is helping, too!
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