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      I decided yesterday that I can't just drink sometimes I have to stop entirely. But I got a lot of challenges around it (chronic pain, no job, other stuff).

      I was excited to find this board, but I'm overwhelmed by all the posts and don't know where to begin, and I want to reach out, ask for some support, help, something.

      I guess my biggest thing is I don't want to admit it's a problem - and living alone, honestly in my situation it's a helpful tool that I use under certain circumstances, but in my relationship I can't do that anymore.

      Anyway, not sure what to ask for, but I feel rather alone right now, and overwhelmed, and sad, and lost, and I can't physically go to meetings.

      Anything would be helpful - I don't know where or how to begin.

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      Well your not alone anymore, that's for sure. Welcome! You will love this place, everyone is very supportive and helpful and we are all in the same boat.

      The place to start...is the book. Inexpensive and an easy read. It will help you inderstand how this all came about.

      Good luck :l

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      Hi Trillian and welcome

      We all know too well that lost feeling, but don't get overwhelmed by this place, get inspired. There is a huge amount of information here, just break it down into manageable chunks and you'll soon get the hang of it. Have a look at the Just Starting out forum and read up on the programme. Many others will follow me in welcoming you and hoping that you find what you are looking for here. It's not easy, God it's soooo not easy, but many have succeeded, I hope you can too.
      Best of luck:l
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      TT, glad that you are here.

      I would recommend reading a lot. RJ's book is a great place to start, and these boards also contain a wealth of information. Just try to take it one day at a time right now. There is a lot to take in and it can be a bit overwhelming at times.

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      Hi Trillian,

      Yes, a warm welcome to you. You have been given some excellent advice already and I cannot really add much except to say you are not alone, we all felt like that at one time or another. And we are here to offer any support that you need.
      Well done for taking that first tough step

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      Thanks -

      I tried looking at the book, but none of the links I tried work.

      And I DEFINITELY know how I got here - years of abuse, isolation, years of physical pain, disability, no resources to help make life OK or better.

      But now I'm in the same place but trying to cope without my coping mechanism. And, while intellectually I understand and my BF and I agreed to it, I still feel shame - and I wish I could just go for a run.

      I want to cry, and I want a drink, but I have no privacy for the one, and I'm trying to not do the other.

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      :hello2::colorwelcome::wave::groupluv:

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      Hello and Welcome Trillion
      It has all been said by the other members. You have taken the most important step. You can change your life. We are here to help. I hope u will stick around.

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      It does get easier TT, give it a little time, the shame and depression fade along with the cravings. Keep talking I find that helps. Have you had a look at the supplements? They help with craving and depression too? You can get the book from amazon fairly quickly. Feel free to pm me if you want to

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      TT the book isn't free, you have to buy it. You can buy it here and download it as a pdf, or order it and get it as a regular book. One of the links here is to a store where you can buy stuff.

      Welcome, look around, ask questions!

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