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    Re: Army August 2022

    Good on you Elsie...and be trippely careful where your head is going for a few days...when the substance is re-introduced it can put the want back in there...and build up the days again...don't disdain 3 days ..one week etc just cos you had more previously...at the beginning each and every day needs to be hailed as a victory...and don't forget those near 60 days will have helped your body heal tremendously so it wasn't wasted...you just need to mind your head now for a while...I examined my head every day for about a year...you know...is there a glimmer of a 'thought' in there...then deal with it before it grows legs....Good on you!!!!

    Morning all xxxx
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    Re: Army August 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by mollyka View Post
    .you know...is there a glimmer of a 'thought' in there...then deal with it before it grows legs....Good on you!!!!
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    Good morning

    Delighted you are back and Mollys comment above sums it up. We are in the same time zone so please check in here with us. We should have put a shout for you when you didn’t post. We do worry when people disappear but sometimes it is that real life takes over. That happened with JC a few weeks ago.

    Had a lovely day exploring yesterday. Very pretty and weather perfect for hiking. Another relaxing day today and then organised hike tomorrow.

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    Re: Army August 2022

    Morning all,

    LC, the feelings you wrote there are totally relatable to my very recent episode with codeine. I am just over 6 weeks now which has not been achieved for over 3 years although I have had numerous mini quits in that time. Each time I failed, my reasons for not quitting it became greater and my reasons for quitting became smaller. Its what our brain does with addictive substances. Do you keep a journal at all? I do sporadically, but its very handy for quits and seeing where we are and where we've been. It also logs in detail how absolutely awful each and every withdrawal is and how low we feel especially when we are taking the drug/booze, not taking the drug/booze. It messes with our neurochemicals until we don't know which way is up. For me, I did feel suicidal on occasions and went through "just a day will be OK" it never is ok and it never is just a day. I won't say my quit this time is any different, but I will say I will take it ODAAT and take the pressure off myself a bit. Codeine will always be my nemesis, but I do liken it to my alcohol addiction as well because each substance takes us away from ourselves, doesn't solve any problems (even for that day!) and creates loads more.

    Just been for a lovely 7 mile ramble over some wonderful countryside. Truly knackered now as only got about 4 hours broken sleep last night BUT I do feel happy and fulfilled. Not a feeling I am overly familiar with so long may it last.

    Hope everyones having a decent day!

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    Re: Army August 2022

    Morning,
    Quote Originally Posted by mollyka View Post
    Good on you Elsie...and be trippely careful where your head is going for a few days...when the substance is re-introduced it can put the want back in there...and build up the days again...don't disdain 3 days ..one week etc just cos you had more previously...at the beginning each and every day needs to be hailed as a victory...and don't forget those near 60 days will have helped your body heal tremendously so it wasn't wasted...you just need to mind your head now for a while...I examined my head every day for about a year...you know...is there a glimmer of a 'thought' in there...then deal with it before it grows legs....Good on you!!!!
    Morning all xxxx
    Lovely post, our Molls. You're very erudite.

    Mr JC's off to a beer Fest today. His mates are going early and he told them he'd be there about 8ish. He doesn't get in 'til 6/6:30pm and he's lost the urge to get hammered on a Friday like they used to.
    It could be worse, I could be filing.
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    Re: Army August 2022

    @starty
    logs in detail how absolutely awful each and every withdrawal is and how low we feel especially when we are taking the drug/booze, not taking the drug/booze.
    Starts I think this is very useful. We have a great way of 'forgetting' how the last drinking bout affected us and those around us. Selective memory.
    I'm not a journal person - more a scribble on a book or scrap of paper type.

    Which reminds me - when drinking - before I went asleep - I'd very cleverly (!) grab the nearest blank page - usually on the back of book. I'd write (scrawl) important things that I should/had to remember or I'd get 'the look' next day when I obviously couldn't remember

    But I did 'write' properly how I felt after the last time I drank. God it was horrible. The effects lasted a week before I felt normal again.
    I still have that word doc somewhere on this laptop. I recorded hour by hour where I was, who I was with & what I drank those last days. e.g. 4 pints of lager before 1pm and before MrS made me go for a hike.

    I hauled that out to my shame for at least 12 months afterwards to remind myself.
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    Re: Army August 2022

    Sneaky friday logon, nearly finished here today.
    Hope your having a blast Rustop!

    Delighted to see you back on the wagon @lifechange. You really want this and that grit is going to stand to you now. I used to play every ‘fuck you’ song i could find, when my head started to go.. I can’t hear Gloria Gaynor’s, ‘I will survive’, without giving a virtual middle finger to the booze..

    23k run this evening, marathon training is back with a bang
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    Re: Army August 2022

    hi again Army,

    just a quick evening check in as i'm heading out the door to my guys place.. a safe place so i know i've got the day done.. thank god.

    Starty, thank you for the journal suggestion.. you're right that it is sooo easy to forget and so soon. i used to be a journaler but haven't done it in ages.. have a little book i can start carrying around with me. a 7 mile ramble sounds wonderful! i'm envious..

    i like the advice to check my head every day as well and if there's a glimmer of a thought, try and figure out the source.. there usually is a reason and even if it seems dumb or not really like a reason it should be looked at.

    you're all stars and i'm so glad and grateful that you're here..

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    Re: Army August 2022

    The 'reason' can be just that you'd like one!!! You know how ridiculous us addicts can be!
    Evening all....finally have the house in Dublin sorted and a very tasty rent to be paid in Monday...yay!! We've been living on fumes since I retired!!
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    Re: Army August 2022

    Morning
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    .... the joy of being sober never gets old !!

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    Re: Army August 2022

    Morning,
    @lifechange..............so glad you're back on the wagon. I never kept a journal but I read this............High Sobriety by Alice King.
    Even though she was born to a very posh family I could identify with her a lot.

    I did put a pound coin in a glass jar everyday and give it a rattle every now and again if I had an urge.

    The Americans side of the family are on their way. Poor beggars have to get through Heathrow before they get their flight to our little airport.
    It could be worse, I could be filing.
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