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      Re: The Difference Between a Slip and a Relapse

      I preach this so people don't go over the edge with one slip. I have been through all three stages at one point or another over the past number of years. Currently I'm in a position that evolved past a slip, so I wont say much on the forums unless it can help someone. I signed divorce papers, got let go from a job that was going to be my future for me. I have lots of money but the pressure is high. I aligned well with the job; there just wasnt enough work for me. I'll be okay, but its gonna hurt at this point. I've done this many times and I have my appts booked to help me come down. So its only been a couple days but everytime a lapse/slip/relapse happens for an alcoholic the consequences are harder to deal with. I was trying to over drink my drugs so my body is addicted, the mental part alcohol or a drug can't fix. Therapy or talk therapy is my solution to where I'm at. Physically opinions on whether I should use BAC as I hear it causes little problems during withdrawal or the "go to" Diazepam. I dont suffer (yet) from seizures and each drug comes at a cost, but so has my behaviour. A week of emotional insanity and I'm now at a position I havent been in 6 months. Gonna hurt. So talking about slip, lapse, relapse. Slip is you had a drink and regret it. Lapse is a day of using. Relapse is more than one day. The entire time we are aware of what is happening (atleast if you are on drugs like I am, you know what you are doing is stupid). So because I wasn't smart; I assume....not sure yet I will suffer physical withdrawal.

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      There's some pretty good info here and a workbook to help with relapse and relapse prevention, it's a good read for anyone in my opinion...

      Be Ready To Succeed | The Relapse Prevention Plan
      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through today. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
      Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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      Abfab. That's a great read indeed. A relapse prevention book that's 260 pages in PDF format...... free! 2007, but still relevant today as this is an age old thing.

      Thanks friend.

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      Ya G-man, what do you get for free anymore lol. My counsellor recommended it to me and I still go back and read it a bit...
      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through today. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
      Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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      Re: The Difference Between a Slip and a Relapse

      Quote Originally Posted by abcowboy View Post
      There's some pretty good info here and a workbook to help with relapse and relapse prevention, it's a good read for anyone in my opinion...

      Be Ready To Succeed | The Relapse Prevention Plan
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      Re: The Difference Between a Slip and a Relapse

      Hi abc, thought I bump this thread, it always good to read, and share my experience.
      Many times when I join here in 2007 I relapse so many times and could not get it, struggling toomuch with the craving.
      In 2013 I slip had 3 years AF, in my life I was going through a lot of changes, separated from my ex, my partner was going through a operation on his back spine and didn't know what the outcome was going to be if he would end up in a wheel chair, I was struggling with money and going through a bad time & stressed out. My friend helped me & give me money to buy food, and that night I thought I would just have one bottle of wine, but that was not enough, in the middle of the night I when out again got another then some skol super, and strong cider.
      Like you said you need to get help straight away and lucky I did and was taken to a meeting straight away, it did mess with my head for about a few months.
      A few weeks ago I was suffering with the HALT a was very aware of it. I was looking after my family dog that was very sick with cancer and my daughter was on holiday with her partner, her dad & his partner & my son. I was on my own in the flat my partner had stay at home with our cats the dog went right down hill after 5 days she would not eating I could not eat sleep because I was making sure she was alright, I felt lonely and very angry with my daughter because they said our family dog Trixy had to be put to sleep my daughter said no wait til I come home from my holiday the dog was suffering real bad ,in the end two days before my daughter come home the vet insisted the dog is suffering too much my daughter agree in the end to put Trixy to sleep. The thing is I was getting very angry . I still feel a bit of resentment of the situation my ex made things worst as well.
      But thank God I know the meaning of the HALT, my partner was worried and couldn't wait til i got home, after that I have upped my meetings. May be that why I come back on here.
      Its always good to share your own experience it a good reminder reading your post. Thank you
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      my desire to avoid hitting bottom again was more powerful then my desire to drink !

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      Thought I'd bump this up for @moonking, might be something in here for you...
      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through today. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
      Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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      Quitting and staying quit isnít easy, itís learning a whole new way of thinking. Itís accepting a new way of life, and not just accepting it, embracing it...
      Worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. Just get through today. Tomorrow will look after itself when it becomes today, because today is all we have to think about.
      Friendship is not about how many friends you have or who you've known the longest. It's about who walked into your life, said "I'm here for you", and proved it.

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      Powerful. Sunday is my day of worship.

      Will be blunt. Waiting on the ABC store to open tomorrow.

      Maybe I will change my mind during the night.

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      Didn't go to ABC store. Cleaned up my yard...grocery store essentials. Toast & coffee. Trying not to beat my head against the wall.

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