Trouble quitting the drink

Recent Forums Chit chat Trouble quitting the drink

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  • July 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm #474

    I’m an alcoholic and could well have lost my life through drinking. I’m lucky in a way. I have tried to stop but find it difficult. Has anyone been in the same position? I binge drink to the point I put myself in a bad position. After 2 or 3 days sober I feel better and think I can go back to drinking normally but that’s stupid. I feel lonely and want the socializing of a pub but the drink is very harmful to me.

    Sorry, I don’t normally reach out like this but I’m not in a good place.

  • July 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm #475

    I cannot offer much help but did not want to read and run. I can advise start with GP and AA.

    • July 9, 2018 at 4:26 pm #477

      Thanks, I’m going to an AA meeting today.

  • July 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm #476

    I can’t give any advice, not found myself in that position or similar before but have you tried one of the support charities / networks out there?

    There’s a few numbers at the bottom of this page:
    https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-facts/drinking-habits-and-behaviours/am-i-alcohol-dependent/

  • July 9, 2018 at 4:27 pm #478

    You need to talk Peter, you have made a start here, open up to your friends and family, be honest, you need their support, if there is no-one to talk to then a good GP and AA will certainly help.

    • July 9, 2018 at 4:28 pm #479

      Thanks, to be honest I’ve struggled. I think only now am I ready to fully quit. I’ve prevaricated and maybe wasn’t serious before but this time I feel like I’m prepared to go any lengths to quit drinking.

  • July 9, 2018 at 4:29 pm #480

    Wanting to stop is the most important thing. My thought would be…….don’t mix with anyone else who drinks. Go to social scenes such as cafes. Go on a trip with no access to alcohol. Treat yourself to posh soft drinks. Think of things to do with the money that you save. Best wishes.

  • July 9, 2018 at 4:30 pm #481

    AA alone is probably not going to be enough. I know alcoholics who have been to rehab (in both residential units and “day” units) and they have attended AA once they have made a start on therapy at these units. Some GPs are better than others at discussing the options for therapy (I know one GP who suggested the patient Google it). You may well need medication to help you; just talking is often not enough. Very best of luck.

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