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Old 01-16-2019, 12:44 PM   #21
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Not trigger, but have you found a replacement habit ?

Implying that art is a habit.

I found drinking iced water with lemon slices really helped me stay sober with absolutely no interest in drinking alcoholic beverages.


Sorry Lucy D. But in the interests of your question

I drink a lot of coffee. I even quit smoking but I think that was due to the wellbutrin.
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Old 01-16-2019, 01:27 PM   #22
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Great about SMART recovery!
and good for you on 8 days.You made it thru a weekend right?
I am self employed so would reschedule visits to other days if I needed to sleep more due to alcohol from the night before.
Do you work or have children or other responsibilities?
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Yes, I made it through the weekend. I feel so much better without drinking and I hold onto that thought. I can't just have one so I won't have any. Last time I drank I had 18 lite beers! Embarrassing to say but I can't go on like that. I am 61, retired with no children but have a little dog and 2 Parakeets I care for. Plus recovering from liver disease is a full time job for me. Trying to eat right, drink plenty of water, do my household duties, keep up my household, bring supplies home to use. I am slower than I used to be but still I am alive and happy to be today.
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Old 01-16-2019, 01:52 PM   #23
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Is smart recovery like a 12 step program without certain parts?
No it is not like a 12 step program at all. It stand for Self Management and Recovery Training. I ordered the Handbook and printed out all of the worksheets. It seems like psychology based to me. Lot of good, practical ideas to apply to recovery. I didn't want a 12 step program again. I'm glad it is so different and makes more sense to me. It is not religion based at all.
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No it is not like a 12 step program at all. It stand for Self Management and Recovery Training. I ordered the Handbook and printed out all of the worksheets. It seems like psychology based to me. Lot of good, practical ideas to apply to recovery. I didn't want a 12 step program again. I'm glad it is so different and makes more sense to me. It is not religion based at all.
Man, I am really bummed that your experience with AA was religion based because that is not what its about at all. I am an atheist and it worked well for me.
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Man, I am really bummed that your experience with AA was religion based because that is not what its about at all. I am an atheist and it worked well for me.
Don't be bummed about it. I was glad to get away from AA many years ago. There are many it doesn't work for, more than you will ever know. I meant it relies on God or a power greater and many can't comprehend that or feel it's religious. I know what AA is about. I attended it for 4 years and hated it at the end. I stayed sober despite a sponsor who tried to sell me everything she could (vitamins, etc.) for almost 20 years. Many stay sober without AA because they can do it without. There are many other ways to recover. AA is not a cure all for Alcoholism--and they say there is no cure there. It's always important to remember though that one drink is too many. I think it's great if AA works for you or others. It's not for me and not for so many.
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I don't know what the issue with prescribing Campral...it WORKS....

My problem with Campral was it WORKS and so I would just decide not to take it for a couple of days because I was thinking of drinking....

I am in the same place you are...quit 8 years...started again 4 years ago....I did have 10 months last year...and then I got in a big fight with my sister and I drank..and 2 days later SHE DIED...and I drank more and more.

Now I'm like you 2 weeks is the most I can go....this time it was a day short of one week.

I drank about 9 beers last night..and feel like crap today...and does that make me not want to drink again? Nope..It makes me want to hydrate...take care of myself and at least NOT drink today....

I had a problem with going on "benders"....where I because I drank last night the first thing I used to do in the morning was drink to avoid the hangover...this led to days of drinking and wreaking havoc on my body....and so I think I"m doing good by not drinking TODAY after drinking last night.

I don't know how to stop except....JUST DONT DRINK ONE DAY AT A TIME...and it works...but I always give in and drink when I am overwhelmed with life.
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when you crave a drink think of HALTO
Am I hungry, angry, lonely, tired or over whelmed?
Identify what is causing you to feel a craving and then fix that issue.
Usually I am thirsty or hungry. so have a soda and a piece of cheese.
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Interesting. I had heard of HALT but not the Overwhelmed part.
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one of my acquaintances added the "O" and I think it is appropriate.
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Keep trying and remember you always have the next day if you slip.
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