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17-11-2014, 04:58 PM
Ask an Addict.
I was an alcoholic of varying degree for over fifty years.
In my early thirties I left my alcoholic partner and thought the booze might be a problem.
A doctor put me on valium; two addictions instead of one and on benzos for 35 years.

Currently sober 19 months.
Benzo free 16 months.

Member AA and NA presently, but not indefinitely.
Researched AA and have lectured on how it works.

Travelling reasonably these days. Not claiming any profound answers or expertise, other than a lot of bad expereince.

Also touched minimally on amphetamines and hashish.......no smack or coke.Hobo
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17-11-2014, 05:04 PM
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(17-11-2014 04:58 PM)Mr Woof Wrote:  I was an alcoholic of varying degree for over fifty years.
In my early thirties I left my alcoholic partner and thought the booze might be a problem.
A doctor put me on valium; two addictions instead of one and on benzos for 35 years.

Currently sober 19 months.
Benzo free 16 months.

Member AA and NA presently, but not indefinitely.
Researched AA and have lectured on how it works.

Travelling reasonably these days. Not claiming any profound answers or expertise, other than a lot of bad expereince.

Also touched minimally on amphetamines and hashish.......no smack or coke.Hobo

Congrats on getting so far



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17-11-2014, 05:05 PM
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What kind of drunk person are you (e.g. does alcohol make you aggressive or calm)?

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17-11-2014, 05:08 PM
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(17-11-2014 05:05 PM)Vosur Wrote:  What kind of drunk person are you (e.g. does alcohol make you aggressive or calm)?

It provided some temporary degree of calmness; aggro very rare.
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17-11-2014, 05:13 PM
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I want to make sure I read this correctly: you started trying to pull away from alcohol in your early thirties, and you're currently only 19 months sober?

I have a few questions if this is correct:

How many relapses with alcohol have you had?
What would cause your relapses? Going to fewer meetings, life events, other drugs?
How long were your relapses?

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17-11-2014, 05:29 PM
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(17-11-2014 05:13 PM)Smercury44 Wrote:  I want to make sure I read this correctly: you started trying to pull away from alcohol in your early thirties, and you're currently only 19 months sober?

I have a few questions if this is correct:

How many relapses with alcohol have you had?
What would cause your relapses? Going to fewer meetings, life events, other drugs?
How long were your relapses?

Got into AA some 20 years ago post some quite extreme periods of drinking.
Didn't take the program all on board; not hostile to it though.
After a while decided I could be a 'normal drinker.
Entered second phase as an 'abnormal normal drinker'.
No extremeism, but walking the proverbial tight rope.
......keeping drinks notes, timing myself etc; all this while still taking
benzos and anti- depressants.
Had some several months alcohol free times over this period.
Yes triggers were life events,analysis, other drug mix.
I see AA meetings helpful, if not occasionally annoying.
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17-11-2014, 06:56 PM
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Wolfie i am seriously proud that you beat your demons! I had addiction for 3+ yrs on a pain med and quit it cold turkey at home no help.
I call it 'coming out on the other side".
What the whole thing must have put my family through....eeesh.

I'm glad you have this thread. Hope you can help someone here or otherwise elsewhere. Helping others everyday can keep you clean, man.

Stay strong!

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17-11-2014, 06:59 PM
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I didn't know you were an alcoholic. Kind of runs in my dad's side of the family, or what's left of it. Both my dad and his sister are/were recovering alcoholics. It's awesome you've stayed sober for so long. That's a really great thing for a person to accomplish.

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17-11-2014, 07:00 PM
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I've read some of your worries about having an addictive personality and how you're working on all of your potential problems:
Do you find the various addictions you've had/ may have/ currently have to be comparible? Which one has been the hardest to "break?"

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18-11-2014, 12:06 AM
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(17-11-2014 07:00 PM)Stuffed_Assumption_Meringue Wrote:  I've read some of your worries about having an addictive personality and how you're working on all of your potential problems:
Do you find the various addictions you've had/ may have/ currently have to be comparible? Which one has been the hardest to "break?"

The benzodiazepine prescribed tranquillizers are very tough.
The withdrawal syndrome is very long and very bad.
Alcohol is more straight forward I think, as the benzos are
sort of seen more as a legitimate treatment.
Addictions can become multi faceted, as one feeds upon the other.
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