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I Am An Alcoholic

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    My Journey To Sobriety

    I turned to alcohol after a sudden, unwanted divorce. I used it to kill the pain, and then to loosen up and have fun. Later I used it for other reasons. Seems I could always find a reason to drink. That's what we alcoholics do, we make excuses to drink. I was drinking heavily...
    Siberia1000 Siberia1000 46-50, F 1 Response Jul 17, 2013

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    I found out about A.A.

    as the result of the court system, a big "no no" in the fellowship and it wasn't about some traffic offense. I ended up in rehab and as a result of the group therapy I started to experience a total cessation of emotion and almost all thought with no identification of "me" at all...
    StarWanderer StarWanderer 56-60, M 1 Response May 4, 2014

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    I just got 4 months without a drink,

    but I know it takes 5 years to get your head back, sucks that I gota wait 5 years to find out if I even have a head :-) very greatful for my sobriety tho :-)
    sbenveniste sbenveniste 31-35, M 5 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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    Ever Heard the Exspression "Drunk As Cooter Brown"? Well I'm His Great-grandson.

        My alcoholism is not the product of an alcoholic home as a child, or a single tragic event or anything; I just ended up one.  How do I  know I'm an alcoholic? Why years of exstensive research "tieing one on" ofcourse.    ...
    LIttleRockLeo LIttleRockLeo 26-30, M 12 Responses Jul 3, 2007

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    If you sit in a room full of people telling you

    that you're "sick" "insane" and suffering from a "disease" reading a book written by a religious nut, eventually you'll start believing it. That doesn't make it true. Think about it. Is sitting in a room full of people obsessed with their drinking behaviour healthy? I think...
    SwampyStables SwampyStables 46-50, M 9 Responses Oct 3, 2014

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    7:50 PM Drank. 9:30 PM Drunk.

    You know you are an alcoholic when: Under the influence of alcohol you ride your motorcycle through the dead of night.....to the tiny town of Morrison. And steal their only road sign. And wake up the next morning to discover it has been nailed to your bedroom wall....next to a...
    Vetrov Vetrov 51-55, M 8 Responses Nov 30, 2013

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    I'm well on my way. I battle anxiety

    and depression and have for as long as I can remember. I drink whiskey the majority of the nights every week. It just helps me cope. And just when things seem to start looking up, something blindsides me and knocks me down further than before.
    Gophillies8 Gophillies8 22-25, M 3 Responses Jan 19

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    Revelation

    It just hit me like a ton of bricks. I figured out why I hate AA so much. I don't want to belong to a club, that would have me for a member.
    Lilt Lilt 46-50 26 Responses Jun 4, 2013

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    One Step At A Time

    I know what its like to break the denial and admit your are an alcoholic after suffering this horrible disease for many years.  I suggest  you remind your self that you are not a bad  person trying to be good, you are a sick person trying to get well. Also remember if you dont...
    LUKEIT LUKEIT 41-45, M 6 Responses May 19, 2012

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    464 Days

    Sobriety, its getting a little boring now. I look around at others who enjoy a drink now and then, and think they are lucky. They can have their cake and eat it too. All I can do is remind myself of the pain my drinking caused. The havoc it reeked on my life. So I close my...
    BrownEyedGirl09 BrownEyedGirl09 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 23, 2013

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    I did so well for so long.

    I am ashamed. Starting over.
    Airmech Airmech 46-50, M 3 Responses Nov 28, 2014

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    I haven't been back on this site

    for some time now. For those of you who read my stories I'll provide a little update. I've been in treatment and attending aa meetings since April this year. I was sober for 4 months and then started drinking in secrecy for 2 months. I'm sober again now after being fired from...
    brokenandtwisted brokenandtwisted 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 16, 2014

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    Everyone. Hello. I have late been doing very

    well. No booze for some time now. New job. Working second shift (4:30 to 4:30). Keeps me out of of trouble. This is by design. Family life was getting to the brink, so this is best. Getting a bit old for this, but I feel this is the best path for now. Anyways..I am doing ok. I...
    Airmech Airmech 46-50, M Jan 2

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    i'm a liar and drinking

    currently, i am a liar. i have two best friends who i live for, who i've never lied to, until recently. i lie to them and others, and tell them that i've gone 'straight-edge' and i haven't gotten drunk while i'm out in several months now. but it's only because i've...
    MyRedYourWall MyRedYourWall 21-25, M 45 Responses Sep 19, 2007

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    All I do is drink, I only find happiness at the

    bottom of a bottle. Here I am at almost 2 A.M still drinking, alone of course, yet i have work in less that 6 hours, I'm so lost, so lonely, so hurt and so confused.
    AlcoholAndAnxiety AlcoholAndAnxiety 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 2

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    I know people won't stop commenting on me,

    they still think i will be drinking and saying same shyt that i don't drink anymore. Should i care about them? I don't think so, i would rather stop listening or meeting up those or these people who criticize me and discourage me in my sobriety. But my mom has got an idea and my...
    UsmanIshaq1980 UsmanIshaq1980 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 10, 2014

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    I didn't start drinking

    when I was young but have been drinking ever since I turned 21. I'm attempting to stop again. This time I've stopped taking meds too. Being sober is so depressing. I finally can't run away from my loneliness my depression my anger my guilt my frustration. Instead of drinking...
    socialfail socialfail 31-35, M 5 Responses Jan 17

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    I have been without alcohol

    for 6 months now it's the hardest thing I have ever had to do, I have been an alcoholic since I was 14 it's what I did for fun what I did if I was happy, angry, sad, depressed, im completely lost as to what to do with myself I need to find different ways to handle my feelings...
    Jadeygirl88 Jadeygirl88 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    It's not to the point of making me lose my job

    or anything like that, but I feel like I gotta have at least two shots of whisky a day. I seldom get slammed drunk. I don't really feel like it is a problem, but I've always heard that most alcoholics are in denial.
    cbcs cbcs 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    I never really considered myself an alcoholic

    but after sitting down and really thinking about it I might need to consider it. I can't say no to a drink, when I feel the pain of my depression coming back my first thought is to go get a drink, once I start drinking one night it's becomes a habit of doing it multiple nights...
    Marie240 Marie240 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 20, 2014

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    It's been 8 weeks and one day.

    I've never been sober this long. My BF asked me when was the last time I was sober this long. I was like maybe high school? That's sick... I remember a didn't drink for a month it just once a week or twice. I rarely ever went a month. The fog has completely disappeared...
    mysticdragonlady mysticdragonlady 36-40, F 6 Responses Jun 19, 2014

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    110 days sober today.

    It's amazing how much things change in your life when you have a drinking problem and decide to stop. I have accomplished a lot and gone through a lot of up and downs. When you quit drinking it is physical withdraws that really suck. Makes you feel like the world is ending...
    mysticdragonlady mysticdragonlady 36-40, F 6 Responses Oct 14, 2014

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    Still Battling It....

    I'm an alcoholic. That's a fact. I'd like to say a 'reformed' alcoholic, but are we ever ? I don't think so. I think once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic, even if you don't drink anymore. That's just a part of what we are, a shadow that'll follow us forever. I've been...
    cleozabu19 cleozabu19 26-30, F 83 Responses Apr 7, 2008

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    Self Medicating?

    It all started with blackberry brandy. I had barely learned to speak, but I had already learned that a lot of fussing and crying would result in a shot or two of black berry brandy. My grandmother had custody of me at the time, and black berry brandy was the cure for everything...
    puck61 puck61 51-55, M 16 Responses Jun 11, 2013

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    It's 22nd day of my sobriety

    and in these days i have felt some kind of serenity in myself. It's self awakening i think. I don't recall my past painful days when i used to get paid pain and regrets in morning that what the hell i have been doing last night. I can taste the food now. I can differentiate the...
    UsmanIshaq1980 UsmanIshaq1980 31-35, M 2 Responses Oct 21, 2014

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    Today, i met a bunch of alcoholic old friends.

    We used to drink together but today i was standing apart of them and they all were suffering hangover cos of last night excessive drinking. I felt something within myself and that was a difference between me and them. I was looking at them as people around me used to look at my...
    UsmanIshaq1980 UsmanIshaq1980 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 12, 2014

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    Technically, I guess I'm a heavy drinker.

    I don't drink during the week; in fact, my body will no longer tolerate alcohol and my intense workouts. But on the weekends I cut loose, drink almost suicidal amounts and engage in (at best) age-inappropriate, at worst down-right boorish behaviour. I think the root problem is...
    Woody6 Woody6 41-45, M Jan 13

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    4 months sober... May wonder I drank.

    .. People annoy me. I run into several dumb people at work. I have a co worker that's a wack job. All of our customers are losers. We finance cars for bad credit people. Maybe 1 out of 20 is normal. I dropped out of high school and got my GED. Bought my first house at 21. Now...
    mysticdragonlady mysticdragonlady 36-40, F 5 Responses Oct 27, 2014

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    I Will Never Drink Again!!

    Now that I have been diagnosed with Stage 3 Inflammatory Breast Cancer, the very thought of picking up a drink is repulsive. Why would I pick up poison?  What did I see in it in the first place?  Oh sure, it gave me temporary relief from my constant barrage of negative...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 64 Responses Jan 3, 2013

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    Trouble Ahead

    I take antabuse to stop me from drinking. It's worked for me for the last 17 months, it was my last resort and it worked. Snag is now my blood test has come back wonky, I have to have the test repeated on Monday in the hopes it's just a blip, if it's not I have to stop taking the...
    Illiteratetroll Illiteratetroll 46-50 15 Responses Oct 26, 2013

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    My son and I went to a little country pub on

    Friday. A friend was performing there and we had promised to support the act.I think the first thing I noticed was the lack of smell, since smoking has been banned. (Something I fully agree with, even as a smoker). My years in bars were marked by an inability to see across the...
    MelbourneSteve MelbourneSteve 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 29, 2014

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    Perimenopause; hot flashes,

    palpitations, etc, and a gallbladder operation that is causing me to have anxiety about eating and using the bathroom has caused me to drink. Just six months ago I was pretty much sober, with the exception of the occasional glass of wine, and then my life came crashing down...
    perijenn perijenn 46-50, F 2 Responses Dec 14, 2014

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    I Am Ashamed

    I have tried hard to deny it, but I can't. I have a disease. It's called alcoholism. It has before and is destroying my life. I am married, but don't know for how long; either by choice or not. I am a father of two and I love my kids. And I am an alcoholic. I am grateful...
    PrayersforRain PrayersforRain 36-40, M 2 Responses Oct 11, 2013

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    I cant stop thinking about her.

    Shes all thats on my mind but I wont tell her because I'm sure it doesn't matter. It makes me feel like such a ******* ***** I swear. I do perfectly fine until she talks to me, then the rest of my day goes to **** knowing that shes not mine anymore. I tell myself its only...
    ChefJerfey ChefJerfey 18-21, M Jan 5

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    Hi my name is sara and im an alcoholic.

    "I got my first taste of alcohol when I was a tot – my mum used to give me whisky or scotch in warm milk to help me sleep when i was in ireland. She was a big drinker, a binge drinker. At the age of 7 I had my first proper drink. At this stage i was in a total new country and...
    stormykiwi stormykiwi 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 16, 2014

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    How Did It Get To This Point?

    Back when i was 16 or so getting a 12 pack and splitting it with a friend was great, but as the years passed the drinking got heavier i got dumber and the consequinces became greater.... Its hard to set here and reflect back on my many years of drunken mistakes, but maybe just...
    sizzahands86 sizzahands86 26-30, M 10 Responses Apr 29, 2013

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    I am 18+ months sober,

    and last night I went to my first meeting. Words can not describe the relief I feel this morning. I was welcomed with open arms. Listened to the speaker who made me cry, laugh & smile. Everything anyone said I UNDERSTOOD or felt in some way. I was surrounded by people JUST LIKE...
    SoberJessica SoberJessica 31-35, F 5 Responses Aug 2, 2014

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    It was difficult for me to join this group.

    Sure it seems easy, just hit "join group" and you're in, right? The problem is, by joining this group not only am I acknowledging I have a drinking problem, but I am also acknowledging what I've spent five years denying: that I am indeed an alcoholic. The prideful part of me is...
    ConfessionsOfALostGurl ConfessionsOfALostGurl 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 1

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    Alcoholism Through The Years

    I grew up drinking beers and with my family since about 10. I did not start drinking around -the -clock 1/2 gallons of liquor until I was about 18. As im typing this right now, I sweat and can't even think clear. I've been to 2 rehabs and must have tried detox atleast 20 times. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 16 Responses Jun 5, 2011

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    I realized I was an alcoholic my sophomore year

    of college. I never went a day without drinking. I drank throughout the day and at night. I was partying, but only went for the alcohol. I started drinking young, but it was never a problem. Not until... anyways, after that I started drinking every day. I drank at school. I...
    Elysion Elysion 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    Am an alcohol and wish I wasn't,

    but don't seem to be able to drop the bottle
    izaakmilton izaakmilton 31-35, M 1 Response Dec 9, 2014

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    Two years to the day

    since I last drank. AND yesterday I asked my girlfriend to marry me- she said yes!! If I had asked two years ago.. it would have been a horror story!
    Bubbles108 Bubbles108 36-40, M 4 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    jojom543 jojom543 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    I have been sober from past 40 days almost till

    now. I have seen things changing gradually day by day. Either it is my vision that there is a betterment each day. I can see my capabilities and professional skills, I can feel responsibility of being a father of a child, I can feel the responsibility of being an employee of my...
    UsmanIshaq1980 UsmanIshaq1980 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 5, 2014

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    Hello I am Kristof and I am an alcoholic.

    I have been fighting with it for almost 12 years now. This addiction has destroyed my body and my mind, forcing very important things to vanish. Today I have made the choice to finally say farewell to my alcohol addiction and am considering going to AA meetings. This is a huge...
    farfrominnocent farfrominnocent 31-35, M 5 Responses Oct 26, 2014

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    Does Anxiety Cause Alcoholism?

    Very common phrases you hear from Alcoholics are: "I can't get comfortable inside my own skin." "I just have a few drinks to relax." "After a couple of drinks, I feel more like myself." "I enjoy myself around people more with a few drinks." The common theme here is that their...
    Michaeloff55 Michaeloff55 61-65, M 4 Responses Jan 8, 2011

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    When You Know You Can't Go Back Home

    I turned 15 years old the month before the Thanksgiving Day of that year and had been living on the streets since the previous April when my father, drunk, drove a knife into my leg and tossed me out of the house where I lived with him, my mother and nine brothers and sisters. I...
    cmmacneil cmmacneil 51-55, M 7 Responses Feb 3, 2013

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    My Story (Warning this a very long post – not

    for the faint of heart) I have decided to put my AA story on this site; sharing my experience, strength and hope, so that I may help others who are still sick and suffering from the ravages of alcoholism. What it was like, what happened and what it is like today. I grew up in a...
    ProgressNotPerfection ProgressNotPerfection 41-45, M 5 Responses Dec 18, 2013

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    I just signed in for a rehab in England,

    to start in 3 weeks. I will be there for a minimum of 12 to 18 months. It's completely free as it is a christian sponsored one. This is good as normal rehabs are so expensive I could hardly afford a week. Now I am just waiting and killing time before I return to the UK and check...
    Searching1n Searching1n 22-25, M 26 Responses Jan 6, 2014

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    The Legal Age For Drinking Is 18 Where I Live.

    I could sit here and write about 'oh what a terrible childhood I had' and I would be telling the truth, but no I am going to say... - I started drinking when I was 12 to escape my head (wasn't really that hard to get access to grog given that I had an older brother and...
    randomdriftwood randomdriftwood 21-25, F 22 Responses Apr 11, 2007

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    I've never been diagnosed

    but I believe that I am an alcoholic. When I drink, my problems seem less severe. My social drinking is the equivalent of drinking at least twice a week. I don't drink to get plastered or be belligerent, but I drink to forget. Drinking seems to replace this emptiness within me...
    CharmedAmour CharmedAmour 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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