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ifeelstupid wrote: »
Just to get the ball rolling, I have no question but want to say congratulations for sticking with it.
I was very fortunate in that I seemed to find it (relatively) easy to get sober after doing a stint in treatment quite a few years ago. I had been so unhappy for the previous number of years that I think once I saw a chink of light at all I grabbed at it with both hands and was prepared to do anything I was told would help me get to a better place.
Having said that, I think it takes great courage and strength to keep going back for treatment after a relapse and I'm not sure I would have the mental strength to go again so well done you and I wish you nothing but the best for a long and happy future.
Bigmac1euro wrote: »
What substances where you abusing ?
When did you reach the bottom ?
Fair play and well done for floating back to the top
tdf7187 wrote: »
I was treated for alcoholism in St John of Gods last year and after approx 10 months sober am drinking again. I have experience of AA and Liferings also.
I like the AA slogan "we seek progress, not perfection". That's all I'll say for the moment.
xieann wrote: »
Was there any substance or alcoholic drink that you went after?
What substitutes would you try?
Season 2 wrote: »
What was your path to addiction?
Gremlinertia wrote: »
Well done for continuing to battle through some major losses..
Is there a rehab facility you rate above others?. If so may i ask why?
JeffKenna wrote: »
No real question, just wanted to say you sound incredibly brave and I hope you have contact/a relationship with your son now.
I've been to rehab, AMA wrote: »
I'm not from a family of addicts or anything like that - I came from a good family, load of siblings and parents who did their best for us, and I have a good education. I would have been sexually abused pretty badly by a male relative between the ages of 3 and 12, and while I don't blame my addiction on that abuse, I guess it forced me to adopt some unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as self-harm (which I started at about 8 years old.)
In my late teens I started drinking socially with friends, so unlike many other addicts I wasn't particularly young starting off. I liked getting black-out drunk on nights out as often as possible, but it wasn't really problematic for several years.
In my late 20s I got pregnant, I was in a relatively stable relationship at the time. I stopped drinking for the duration of the pregnancy, but I resumed drinking after my son was born. At the time I hadn't recognised my drinking as being particularly problematic, I guess I was in denial. Unfortunately I had post-natal mental health issues on the severe end of the scale, compounded by the residual effects of the sexual abuse in my childhood, and with heavy drinking in the mix ... things got very bad, until when my son was 1.5 years old, I was first admitted to a psychiatric hospital and detoxed for the first time.
A few weeks into treatment I relapsed, and that's around when my relationship ended and my partner left with my son. That was the beginning of what sometimes felt like a neverending roundabout of treatment centres and relapses and detoxes ... in total I guess I was in and out of residential treatment for about 3 years.
Season 2 wrote: »
Well done for finally getting off it. It can be a terrible substance.
Are you sober long now.
BlackandGreen wrote: »
Former addict also here. I was a polydrug addict. Mainly amphetamines, benzos and dissociates. I really wish the general public could empathise more with addiction.
I can relate to a lot of what you're saying and am going to enjoy reading this thread.
Enough about me though, my questions:
At what stage did you realise you were an addict?
Was there any particular trigger or event that made you put the foot down and say, I want off this wild ride?
Sandor Clegane wrote: »
Did you ever suffer any negative physical health consequences due to drinking?Were you ever told it was damaging your health?
I myself was a big binge drinker for about 10 years until i was hospitalized after a session. I was told my liver enzymes were far too high and this was down to my years of binge drinking.
Luckily enough I was able to stop in time before I did any permanent damage, although it took ages for my liver function to come back within normal range.
Yester wrote: »
Do you notice a difference in the quality of your dreams/ sleep.?
skallywag wrote: »
Are most of those in rehab genuinely there, or do you come across some who are there just to go through the motions, or to keep someone else happy?
I've been to rehab, AMA wrote: »
. What finally worked for me was the program I did in Coolmine, and the fantastic staff there. I did all of the deep work there that I really needed to do if I was ever to leave my addiction behind, rather than just skimming the surface of my emotions like I used to get away with in other treatment programs.