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Old 04-28-2009, 12:23 AM
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AA meetings instructor smart or just plain MAD????

Hey guys so alot of you know that i've had a bit of an alcohol issue. I used to get drunk every night. I've sought advice, and taken heed. I've been going to AA meetings for the past week, and i must say, it is quite interesting and NOT what i thought it would be. Lots of everyday people have issues with alcohol i'd never thought would. Priests, Cops, Teachers, etc etc.... For me, it's been alcohol every night for the past 5 years, getting buzzed for the past 5 years almost every night has been the norm for me. Even before most of my family died (my mom and uncle and several others) i;ve been drinking cause i like to get buzzed. Never drinked and drove though, NEVER. I'm atleast happy bout that.

My teacher told me to cut down my drinking, yet not completely forget about it. He told me to drink only on weekends, and ofcoarse NEVER drink and drive. He said that if i completely cut out alcohol, i would snap!!!! He said everything in moderation. He said that eventually i would not "need" alcohol and that it will take time to leave behind, he said that "time heals all wounds and cravings".

I hope so.... Do you agree with what he said, or do you think i should cut out alcohol completely??
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:26 AM
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congrats on gettin help!
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:30 AM
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wing yourself off of it and drink in moderation
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Thanks guys.
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Well done, sir.
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wing yourself off of it and drink in moderation
Wing? You mean wean?
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i am no expert but this is what i have lived through. my dad is an alcoholic. he has gone in and out of detox at least 15 times. he could quit for a little while, a month tops. he would think well...i can have one here and there. however that only lasts a little while. even after time off, alcoholics pick up right where they left off, sometimes come back even worse. he had felt that he just wasnt able to quit. he has finally quit for at least 6 months now...due to liver failure. they gave him 50/50 change of living through the year without a transplant, he is currently trying to get onto the transplant list. so back to my original point, i do not think that trying to drink in moderation will work. once and alcoholic, always an alcoholic. once you quit you can very easily pick up right where you left off. this is just what i have seen so i can not relate to the withdrawals and cravings.
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Dude, being an alcoholic is easy, being sober is easy. Hard part of life is moderation. Like you, I'm not sure im cut out for the middle ground. Sometimes you just gotta accept that you cant do it anymore. I feel for ya man, and I'm throwing my strength behind you dude.
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For true alcoholics, the only way out is cold turkey. If you could "moderate" your drinking, you wouldn't be an alcoholic in the first place.

My father-in-law died 3 years ago from liver/kidney failure at 57 years old due to being an alcoholic. He tried quitting several times, but it was too late by his last time.
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Most alcoholics are not wired with a dimmer switch.

It's either on or off!

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What your teacher said is true for most drugs ,however, alcohol is a different beast. Also, prepare yourself for the temptation of alcohol being a taboo to you. Since, you can't have it, you'll want it. Good luck in your journey and don't get discouraged if you mess up. Just pick yourself up and try again.
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I hope things do work out for you. I can't imagine what it would be like to face what you are facing.

I hope that your teacher or sponsor is guiding you in the right direction. I would think that going cold turkey would be the right way, but I'm not trained in that area and can't say for sure. However, I have watched someone go through quitting cold turkey (detoxing) and it wasn't easy so stay strong.
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Do NOT drink if you want to be sober ... I have never heard that advice before.

1 drink and the cycle starts where it left off at your last drink ... whether that is 2 days ago or 2 years ago. ---
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