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Old 12-29-2008, 06:30 AM
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I have been taking Antabuse now for 8 days now! I am really not coping with not drinking and feel that either I drink or I take a handfull of pills - I cannot handle this depression and the realities of life right now.

The reality for me is right now I want to drink - and thats it!

How long after stopping Anabuse can I drink without being sick?
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:14 AM
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Lyndieloo, you really do sound very depressed. Have you seen anyone about the way you feel? Problem is, alcohol is a depessent in itself and in the long run things will get worse.

Before going back onto alcohol, why not take yourself of to a doctor or a therapist?
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Hi Veritas

I have been to my shrink and he has pescribed Ativan and Stresam and I am also hectic anti depressants. Neither of which are taking away the flight and flee feeling.

You see alcohol is not my main problem. My husband was an alcoholic for many many years and got sober 5 years ago. We are currently going through a VERY nasty divorce and he has made allegations that I abuse alcohol when I have my two girls (nothing like a reformed drunk they say). I do have the odd drink but not that would put my kids at risk. Due to his allegations the interim custody report which I received just before Christmas is that my girls are put into his care and I get supervised visits. This is until the final hearing at the end of Feb 09. Until then i have to make 100% that I dont drink (as I have to have ad hoc blood tests) so I put myself on Antabuse.

I know drinking is not worth loosing my girls over but I just feel like giving up - I am emotionally, physically and financial broken. When I left him he swore he would get his revenge - well he has.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:49 AM
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Hey Lindie. Drinking will not help your situation. You know that. Your children need you in the best shape you can be for them. Begin to rebuild yourself. One step at a time. I can't imagine what you are going through. Never experienced it (divorce) myself but you sound so down and I don't know how to help you except to try to encourage you to get healthy to prepare for your custody battle. Forget the alcohol.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:51 AM
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Lynd, im so sorry to hear how you are feeling. it really sounds you have hit rock bottom. I was in a very similar postion a month ago. I came to a cross roads. I had a choice, and it was my choice and mine alone. I either carried on drinking, lost my daughter and family or i stopped and started to rebuild my life. There was no futher going down. Id reached the bottom of the barrel so to say.
My finances were and still are up the creek. I had to stop for my daughter and for myself.
Lynd, he has got his revenge, yes, but he will be rubbing his hands with glee when he sees you drinking and nearer your death bed and further from your children every day.
You say that alcohol is not your main problem, but without it what negatives are going to happen. It is because of alcohol that you are in this situation Lynd, and by drinking things are not going to get better.
What is alcohol going to achieve here? Are you going to let it beat you. Its your choice, not the bottles.
Now, its not going to be easy, and the first week will be hard, but once you give in to temptation, and realise that you DONT want to drink, rather than knowing you CANT things will start to fall into place.
You have stopped at the crossroads Lynd, and its your choice which way you turn. Were all here for you to give you help and support. I wish you all the luck in the world, and am so hoping that we can start this journey together today so that we can still be here in 2009, with our families.
Its amazing how the coin can turn with a little effort. A month has been a lifetime in my life. It can in yours too.
All my love and support. Cym.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:10 AM
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Thanks Cymru. I know what you say makes sense - I haven not had a drink now in 11 days but dont feel any better for it yet. I think all the stress and axiety I am going through is just so hectic.

I have never been one to loose faith and give up but I just cant seem to ever imagine feeling better or my situation getting better. The pain in my heart and the sorrow and anguish I feel is just so strong I cant breath. All I do is cry or sleep - I managed today to get up and come to work because I had to - but I am sitting here like the dead.

I just wonder what I have dont in my life to warrant such pain - I just want serenity.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:40 AM
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Hi Lynd. What a very hard situation you are in and your ex certainly is not making this any better on you. Maybe he is doing this on purpose to see if you will break and drink again thereby making his case stronger for custody.
Can you go back to your doctor for different medications to help with the depression and anxiety? There has got to be something out there that can work for you, something to give you your serenity. Just don't give up searching for the answer.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:45 AM
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Lindie--do NOT give in to the bastard--and I mean the alcohol. He is just as bad and evil as your soon to be ex. Whatever your troubles--and you seem to have a lot right now--your focus HAS to be your children. They are what should keep you going and make you fight. Go--right now--and look at their beautiful faces. Give them a hug. Tell them you love them.

Do this EVERY TIME you want a sip of AL--if you have to, paste pictures of your kids all over the place--even on any booze you might have in the house. But you should get rid of all the booze so you are not tempted. Put a picture on the steering wheel of you car if you need to so you don't go to the store.

Exercise--that is great for elevating your mood. Take a walk with your children, or turn up the music and have a dance party with them--shake your bootie until you sweat and are tired and crave a big glass of water. This is good for you and the kids.

Whatever you do--do not give in. Come here, talk to us, be strong.
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:19 AM
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my dear i would suggest ,seeing youve come this far checking yurself into a hospital.rt now youve suggested taking a handful of pills,thts a threat,been there,theyll take care of you untillyou are better,or until you want to be released,somtimes treatment for some is a good idea.i do wish you well and i hope thts not to harsh,gyco
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Old 12-29-2008, 10:27 AM
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Thanks for the responses. Unfortunately they have gone to their dad for a couple of days - but going to do the photo thing!!!

Can do hospital things as I dont have medical insurance and our government hospitals here will kill you sooner than heal you believe me!

I have to just breath and get through each minutes until I can take some sleeping tables and sleep for the rest of the night - its the only safe place right now.
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