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MattD
July 21st, 2006, 11:52 AM
Hi Kate,

I'm at day 31 which for me is long term! I'm committed and confident I will never touch the poison again. It's so much better being on the road to health and happiness!

Where's Brigid?:w

gabby
July 21st, 2006, 12:11 PM
Hi guys, I'm on day 45 and dont really know where I am goin from here. At least to 60 but I dont have it figured out yet. I was never gonna do abs so this is all a surprise to me. Something has just takin over. (I think its called topamax) :rolleyes: see ya later. gabby

chargest
July 21st, 2006, 01:26 PM
Question for you Gabby:

Congrats on your abs...Obviously you are on the topamax. what strength are you up to? Are you having any cravings at all? At what dosage did they stop or become bearable???

Thanks!

I am STILL waiting for my orders!! Can't wait to get back on it again..

bren
July 21st, 2006, 03:32 PM
Hi: I'm going on 3 months as of July 28th and this is great for me. I've only quit for 5 weeks at a time last year and the year before. I understand from my counsellor who is an "AA" member that it takes about 3 months to get the physical cravings to slowly disappear! So far so good, I'm just on Kudzu root and the L-glutamine along with my regular supps I take daily.

sujul
July 21st, 2006, 11:17 PM
Hey Chums--Count me in!! 3 1/2 months---and I agree that it's a much, much better life on this side of alcohol (BEHIND me rather than in FRONT of me!!!) ;)
Look forward to continuing on down this path with y'all....
:h
susan

lucky 2.0
July 22nd, 2006, 05:26 PM
This is my favorite section of the new board- if you guys can do it, I can to- all a matter of choice. Thanks for setting the bar high and providing the inspiration you do.

Wayneuk2006
July 22nd, 2006, 06:40 PM
51 Days 8 HRS 19 Seconds.....But its not bothering me.....HONEST

drEAmIng
July 23rd, 2006, 10:40 PM
The Beast

Hey Y'all,
3 1/2 months for me too Susan .. today is 15 weeks exactly. So glad to have this forum. There are so many things I think about as I get further into abs. Happy to see you all here, and Kate, thanks for taking the time out of your busy rhyming schedule to start this thread. :p ;)

Guest
July 24th, 2006, 07:09 AM
Hi chaps and chappesses. I am here.
I've been away on holidays. Well, skiing, tho I'm really really bad at that, I can still have fun.

Ok. So, I'm now abstinent 8 and a half months. No topomax or meds. But organic diet, exercise, determination, vitamins and determination and meditation and determination.

I'm blowed if I'm going back where I came from and if that means I have to stay this way, thats fine by me. I dont think I have the consitution or the will to try to drink differently. I know I got it wrong getting to this point, why go back there.

Brigid

tawnyfrog
July 24th, 2006, 06:05 PM
Hi Brigid,

Nice to see you!

Tawny

Guest
July 24th, 2006, 07:03 PM
Hey Tawny,
I logged on yesterday to register.. this is so typical.. I find change so bloody hard :mad: (even pc and website changes) and could hardly find my way around the new forum..) so I have even more work to do on myself to find where I want to go on this forum to find the people and comments that help me!!!!

I know where to find this bit.. so tell me did the ny convention happen? How you going? Anything I need to know?
Brigid

drEAmIng
July 27th, 2006, 11:27 AM
Hi Brigid, I think the NY convention isn't until August 5th or so. Still time to jump in!

Kate, I am with you 100% on the black and white simplicity of abs. Isn't it amazing that drinks don't seem that enticing when measured against everything we gain in abstinence? I'm happy for the first time in years, happier than i can ever remember in just living, and not because of any outside influence. Sometimes I think it would be nice to join in when people are partying, but I know that it wouldn't be fun for long. The bottom line is that if I drink the way I want to, it would be alone and a lot. Just like you, I drink to get drunk. I just am not a social drinker in my heart of hearts. Maybe someday I will feel differently, but this is the path I want to be on right now, and without resistance, it's a beautiful way to live. So I have every intention of living every day as a non-drinker indefinitely. Cuz it sure ain't broke!!

Deirdre

tawnyfrog
July 27th, 2006, 05:05 PM
Hey Brigid,

Lift your game! Any woman who can work out how to dance at the Habbo Hotel can find her way around this gorgeous new site.

Just in case you haven't yet - I'm fine, doing well. Thanks for asking.

Tawny

MattD
July 27th, 2006, 07:52 PM
A beautiful way to live

"It's a beautiful way to live."

Couldn't have said it better myself Dierdre!

I've had an awesome month Flying into July on the Abs Board and look forward to hanging around this board alot more in the future.

Matt:)

Hi Brigid! How was skiing?

Whitestar
July 28th, 2006, 11:38 AM
Never forget why you stopped

Hi All

I gave up alcohol completely for 18 mths, was in hospital with liver faliure and that scared the S**T out off me, sadley i had a bacardi breezer on holiday, just the one I told myself, the next drink I ordered was a doulbe vodka!! I am now battleing the booze once again ,so please dont start again, I wish to god I had not :)

Good luck to you all Whitestar

MattD
July 28th, 2006, 05:27 PM
Whitestar,

Thanks for the reminder! I believe that little troublemaker inside of us keeps trying to make me believe I can have 1 or 2 glasses of wine and be on my merry way. I know the little bastard is lying his head off cause each day I don't drink he gets smaller and smaller. I find if i start thinking about the future I get overwhelmed so I've been staying real close to the AA chant "one day at a time." I can do this and be truly happy today - for me, my family and my children. Now that's a great feeling
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Matt

Guest
July 28th, 2006, 07:47 PM
A question

Matt are you going to AA meetings and this board. I am asking because I am struggling with whether I should get back into AA. When I was using it I thought that I had to suscribe to everything--I know that is not the case. Just wondering...you are having such great success..that I would not mind following in your shoes...

Kim

lorik
July 29th, 2006, 12:15 AM
Whitestar

Oh dear Whitestar, I'm sorry you have suffered at the hands of that lying little bastard as Matt so rightly put it. Something is so F-ed up when every fiber in your being knows better one day, then the next it sounds like a winner! This stuff is harder than heroin to kick I'm just sure of it. Don't give up my friend. Read this site back into the archives if necessary to see just how hopeless we all have felt. The willingness is all that's required to watch your life change. This is why I've been coming here these many months. I'm addicted to this beautiful process. Everyone here knows exactly how you feel, and we can change and do!!!! Stay with us and buckle up for the ride of your life!

Love,
Lori

Guest
July 29th, 2006, 04:48 AM
hi again

Tawny, nice to hear you are going fine. goodonya.

Matt. Skiing was great. three broken bones from our party of 8 and none from my family (success for another year!!!) I"m too cautious to break a bone.. I ski as slow as a snail!!!

Whitestar. Sorry to hear this. Your comment is what keeps me abstinent. I'm absolutely certain if I return to a sip... I'll return to a gulp... and I'll never forget how hard it was to get this far. Thanks for the reminder. I hope that you find it in you to continue your fight.. after all, you do know that you CAN do it for 18 months.

good luck
Brigid

itspeggytime
July 31st, 2006, 04:22 PM
Rituals

Kate,
You realy touched on something that I have been working through - the social aspect of drinking. I'm at day 45, and still have cravings sometimes, but no too bad. Now I am thinking about how to do the rituals of life without alcohol. How to celebrate, mourn, recover, mark events.....
Peggy

3rdborn
July 31st, 2006, 04:55 PM
Hi!
My name is Ann. I am just starting out. I have tried this before but have not stuck to it. Now, I know I am ready and am very determined. I have everything I need and am ready to just jump in. I am so tired of the guilt and fear. I so badly want this to be the way for me. Signs just keep popping up that this is (like the email I got about this forum). So I am hopeful.......

Guest
August 1st, 2006, 10:28 AM
Bren

Hi to everyone: I'm proud to say that I'm at just over 3 months myself without a drop of alcohol.
I got a lovely card from my 17 year old son last Friday night which said it all! He is so proud of me for not drinking anymore and how much better our family life is, I know my two other sons agree as well.....If I feel like a drink, I just have to read this card as a reminder how much better life really is without!

I ,like many of you probably will not drink again in the near future, too afraid of not being able to moderate! Right now, I'm not even going to say maybe!

Thanks for this board and for all of your support! (P.S.) I didn't take anything the last 3 weekends (which is my hardest times).....I only have been on the Kudzu Root and L-Glutamine from the very beginning, I don't feel comfortable taking meds!

Hairnet
August 3rd, 2006, 09:14 PM
My 14 years of sobriety were the best.................abs is the only way for me. I've now been drinking daily for the past 5 years and it is HELL and I really don't know if I will ever be sober again. Sobriety is a distant dream for me now. If you're practicing abs now, please keep it up.

sujul
August 4th, 2006, 12:23 AM
:w Hairnet!

I think I have some idea of how you feel...I was sober for 11 years and then about 10 years ago I decided I could handle a glass of wine here and there...Well, I couldn't and eventually, inevitably I found myself in HELL also...by last April I felt totally hopeless and desperate and didn't think I could ever get sober again.... I was drinking all the time, 2-4 bottles of wine a day plus vodka...I was hiding it. lying and just generally losing my life. I have now fought my way back out of the abyss--115 +/- days of abstinence and my life to look forward to again.

Since you've already experienced how great it is to be sober, you know what is waiting for you...the very fact that you are reading here on this site seems to indicate that you DO have hope! Please keep reading and posting, this site is a wonderful place to find the support you need to get your life back! We're here for you, we really are! :l
:h susan

gabby
August 9th, 2006, 07:08 PM
Wow Susan.....that is so cool!
Last time I posted I was on day 45 and today is day 65. My number is climbing.
Good for me. gabby

Guest
August 27th, 2006, 06:19 PM
You guys are truly an inspiration...I know I can do it. I doubt that I have been abs for more than a couple of weeks at a time in the past 11 years..that monkey always crawls back up on my back. Please keep posting!

xtexan
September 7th, 2006, 10:30 PM
:new:

Hello everyone. I posted in the "Just Starting Out" with my story, and a member said I should go here.

I will be nine months no booze, no cigarettes, in about a week. I won't retype all I did in my very first post, but I hope to come back and visit for a while in the coming weeks and months.

Hope I can help others in some way. I am going through a rough patch right now, and am just looking for some other folks who have walked down the path..

xtexan
September 7th, 2006, 11:38 PM
katesm:

I guess the rough patch I've been going through is a getting emotionally upset and angry over small things at work. I have a fear that I will "lose it", and have a fit. Being a guy, and in engineering, and in a position of authority at work, that would be bad. I guess I have gained a reputation for being a calm and logical decision maker over the years, sort of "Mr. Spock" I don't want to jeopardize a career that I've spent a quarter of a century building with one ill-timed blowup. Quite a few times over the last few months, I have just gritted my teeth, and hung on by my fingernails to maintain a rational frame of mind. But lately, its getting more and more difficult.

I absolutely know, that going back to the booze and smokes is not the way to go. I also don't want to use prescription drugs. I've already been down the tranquilzer and anti-depressant road years ago, and its just not the way I want to go. I really want to find the inner peace without synthetic chemicals or toxins.

So the rough patch, is old emotional stuff buried down deep I think. Simple, basic fears that I need to resolve in clear, conscious mind. Hence, the CD programs and stuff. Just talking about them here is therapeutic to a degree. I hope that this forum can play a part in my further expansion and growth in that direction.

Hope you all can find that place too. Its a real bugger to get to.

bill redmond
September 9th, 2006, 06:49 PM
Serched for years for a program like this,found the book one night on the net when I was not even looking for drinking help.In fact I was drinking at the time and I was just looking for another book.Or was I ?????? Any way got the book read the book put off seeing the doctor for two weeks, got the nerve got the meds and the supplements and now I have 26 days ofnot drinking and I feel great.

Shiner
March 16th, 2011, 03:01 PM
Hope yall don't mind if I bump this but it has some really good posts in it....

Bump

Guitarista
March 16th, 2011, 03:39 PM
Good job Shiner.
Inspirational reading to be sure.

How are you going with your journey?

G-bloke.

Shiner
March 16th, 2011, 03:50 PM
Hi there G... Yes it is good. I'm glad you agree. I'm doing ok.. on day 8 and that is pretty good right there. I couldn't feel this good without this website though. And people like you who offer your support and advice so openly. I'm very appreciative
Shiner

Guitarista
March 16th, 2011, 04:02 PM
Shiner;1078592 wrote: Hi there G... Yes it is good. I'm glad you agree. I'm doing ok.. on day 8 and that is pretty good right there. I couldn't feel this good without this website though. And people like you who offer your support and advice so openly. I'm very appreciative
Shiner
Ah shuck's.

Day 8 is sensational Shiner. Keep it going. It will just keep getting better and better you know, and soon, the magic start's to happen, (yep, along with life's up's and down's still, but we handle them much easier) and the hidden treasures appear as your life unfolds in front of you.

Go for it!

Shiner
March 16th, 2011, 04:06 PM
Hi there G... Yes it is good. I'm glad you agree. I'm doing ok.. on day 8 and that is pretty good right there. I couldn't feel this good without this website though. And people like you who offer your support and advice so openly. I'm very appreciative
Shiner

Guitarista
March 16th, 2011, 04:24 PM
Ah shuck's.

Day 8 is sensational Shiner. Keep it going. It will just keep getting better and better you know, and soon, the magic start's to happen, (yep, along with life's up's and down's still, but we handle them much easier) and the hidden treasures appear as your life unfolds in front of you.

Go for it!