One needs to be inthe mindset that stopping is for good, not just for now.
Quitting smoking was easy once I realised I wanted to just quit and never smoke another cigarette in my life. I just quit without any replacement and it was easy.
The reason I've not been able to do it with alcohol is that I didn't want to give up for good. I just thought I should be able to get it "in control". Realising that I will never be able to, the options are to keep having the battle with myself, feel the guilt, hate and failure and never be satisfied with myself, or just quit for good and not have to have the battle at all. Will I miss it? Unlikely.
Some people of course just want a dry season. Which is great.
But for some it's just knowing they will never be able to go back having just one drink. Like for me,it never is just one drink.
Medals, well done for staying off that long. Must be amazing. Do you think you will drink again?
Thank you Mr F... I've suffered from chronic depression for half of my life. Alcohol is a major depressant and makes it worse. But like you (assumption?), I used it for self medication and it helped short term but made situation worse the long term.
It would have been too hard to give up at the darkest point in my life. I wouldnt have been strong enough. But I had to get better to be able to build up to the right mindset.
For you, I believe a dry month will definitely help. It will hopefully give you new perspective to life and at the end of it you may feel you want the dry season to last a bit longer. I sincerely hope it will make you feel better.
I take a lot of certain vitamins and supplements that are supposed to help with depression. I've found that they do indeed help. Why not try it now that you're having a break from alcohol and see if they make a difference?
Mr F, I take B6, B12, magnesium, folic acid, zinc, cod liver oil and 5-HTP. Nowadays is more like when I remember rather than religiously everyday.5-HTP is widely used instead of happy pills. But if you're already taking happy pills, you shouldnt mix the two.
Medals, thank you.... but I have already made a decision to quit for good. I can't do moderation and I've learned it the hard way. It's all or nothing for me. In fact, it is easier for me to stay dry when I have decided it will be for good.
I take it as separate ones to make sure I get all the ones I need. Never really been fan of multivitamins. Not sure why. But I suppose it would do the same thing if you found one that has the vitamins you need.
On the other hand, do vitamins actually do anything if you have otherwise healthy and balanced diet...?
I went on these as I thought I had nothing to lose. Whether it was a placebo effect or the real thing, I do feel better than before I started taking them.
5-HTP definitely works. Look it up on google too. Thats slightly different, it's not vitamin...
I have an alcohol dependency problem as well, I'm working with ADAS at the moment, they're great. Mine is primarily stress related but I always feel the need for drink. On the wagon for January and like you YoungPup will probably try for spring marathon time as well
good luck everyone, I think I'm going to try, everytime I go shopping and feel the need to buy alcohol (on benefits for long term sickness so I'm quite restricted at the amount I can buy anyway ... for quite, read VERY), I am going to try and put the equivalent money aside in a jar. I'm hoping that will be another incentive as well
Evening. My waggon journey starts on Thursday cos I'm still on holiday. You are all certainly making me think more seriously about what alcohol is doing to me and why I "need" it. I also struggle with depression and my alcohol consumption goes up when I'm having a bad spell which is probably the last thing I should be doing. I cut down dramatically a couple of years ago and felt really well, but then the daily drinking slowly started to get to be a habit again. It tends to be a shared bottle of wine over dinner, or a bottle of beer in the evening so not huge quantities but its still hard to stop. Im aiming for the more control rather than full stop, but Ellie gives a good warning about that approach.
Good idea on the money in the jar Loon. I'll try that.
Good luck all. Great to be among friends.
A lot of what's been said about relationship with alcohol, esp from Elli really strikes a chord with me. I'm guilty of not being able to just have one either. The plan was to stay off until TP100 (See you there mr f!) but maybe I need to re-evaluate that.
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