Hi Minn- been reading your story and I am So happy for you that you are doing so well. This is a personal question, I realize, and if you don't want to respond, I understand.
I read your thread about giving up alcohol and you said you realized that your drinking was causing your anxiety and you had actually been using the alcohol to try to calm the anxiety. My question is -how did you come to the realization that the alcohol was hurting not helping the anxiety? How did you make it through more than a few days without drinking?
Like I said, I know that the question is very personal. Christmas Day was the two month anniversary of my brother's death from alcohol, and I always suspected he was drinking to deal with anxiety. I have been absolutely torturing myself (again) recently about whether or not I could have done more to help him. I guess I am kind of hoping that you will say that you did it all on your own, and it was a miracle
so I don't have to face that I may have let my brother down, but I do want to know the truth if you want to share it.
I am getting councelling from my priest, and he is wonderful man, and a great support, but he doesn't have any experience with addiction, so while he is a wealth of help on finding a way to spiritual peace, he can't give me "real" answers like someone who has lived through what my brother lived through.
Thanks for your time either way. Congratulations on how well you are doing!
Keep it up. Marirose