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Unread 08-12-2017, 06:47 AM   #511
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Be careful hanging around booze, UpDownAround! It hasn't forgotten your name & how to seduce you! As for the BP, I am careful not to self-medicate with alcohol. Depression was a trigger for me, too...but trying (& I'm not always successful) to get out around people (AA for me) helps.

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It was a situation where I didn't have much choice. Drove the kids to visit friends in another city and needed to work remotely. The place I was offered was the kitchen table. I had plenty to do and stayed focused, so it really wasn't an issue. I didn't sweat; I snickered. It is really almost comical how often I seem to end up being around it and/or having it offered since I quit. Anyway, I am however many days it has been since 6/25/17...
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That's great UpDownAround. Sorry if I sounded like I was lecturing. Come to think of it, in my early sobriety the biggest urge wasn't when I was with others, it was when I was alone & left to my own devices. Your sobriety date is my birthday, so we can celebrate together next year!
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On of my kids' birthday as well. That's why I am so sure of the date. The fairest possible birthday for a kid - exactly 6 months from Christmas.

I have the same early urges; it's on the nights when I am driving home alone and realize that circumstances pretty much ensure that I will be the last one up that I am most tempted. I know I will be able to get away with it if I fill up the car where they know me and let me come in after to pay so I can add an item or two, run the charge as a debit transaction and our bank doesn't show the detailed receipt. I got really good at covering my tracks. Circumstances where I would have to drive after drinking don't tempt me. Situations with a higher than near zero risk of detection don't tempt me. I am not a saint; I fear consequences.
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On of my kids' birthday as well. That's why I am so sure of the date. The fairest possible birthday for a kid - exactly 6 months from Christmas.
So true! My uncle was born on Xmas eve, and he hardly ever got an actual birthday celebration...
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Unread 08-13-2017, 08:55 PM   #515
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I am also a near Christmas baby.

Still hanging in, but my mood has turned a corner. It started late Friday and I hoped I was just overtired, but it got steadily worse. Lump in my throat and shed a few tears over (literally) nothing. My head is foggier than usual and I am lethargic. I am still very committed to my sobriety, but it is at greater risk than it was when I was up. Hopefully I bounce back up soon. In the meantime, I will muddle through it and keep my nose clean. There is a SMART meeting tomorrow night I will try to get to.
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Hang in there, UpDownAround! I hate it when I get weepy for no reason at all...I can really relate to how embarrassing that is when it happens in public. Keep focused on that SMART meeting. I go to AA meetings, but getting out of my own head & my own addiction really helps.
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Still down but not out; I think I crossed the 50 day mark on Monday.
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Congratulations UpdownAround! ☺
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Still here and hanging in. Some natural buzzing going on in my brain tonight; I have my fingers crossed that the roller coaster is about to head back up. 6 days is really short for a depressive episode, so I am trying to be really cautious with the optimism. But I am less tired than I was earlier tonight which is usually a tell tale sign. Sobriety is so much easier when I am high on brain chemicals.
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Way to go, UpDownAround. As I wrote before, depression was a trigger for me when I was drinking, too. The longer I stayed sober, the urges disappeared. It sounds like you're almost at that point. Congratulations! Keep it up!
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