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    Old 01-02-2005, 06:03 AM   #1
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    Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    Anyone here beat problem drinking "cold turkey" without going to AA meetings?

     
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    Old 01-02-2005, 10:00 AM   #2
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    Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    Not exactly "cold turkey" but with self-hypnosis. I even get to drink about 40 days a year...at times of my choosing, like vacations and holidays
    The "demon in a bottle" concept seems to work for some people but I prefer to look at it more like a bad habit that can be occasionally indulged but has to be constantly kept in check.

    In this matter everyone is different I imagine.

     
    Old 01-02-2005, 12:17 PM   #3
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    Exclamation Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    Lenin: If you are a true alcoholic Living without AA will not keep you sober. You may stay dry for a period of time, but alcoholism is a cunning and baffling disease, it will eventually lead you back out believing you do not need Aa to stay sober. I know this from my own personal experiences. I have road tripped 3 times thinking I did not need AA. The hypnosis is a fluke, if anyone is a alcoholic the only solution is a honest desire to stay stopped with the help of a act of providence and a 12 step program. If they believe other wise they are headed for big trouble. they may want to get their sources from another recovering person. don't try the hypnosis way please.

     
    Old 01-02-2005, 12:35 PM   #4
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    Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    lenin: also, once a alkie/addict always one. there is no such thing as being able to ever drink or drug like normal people, nor is there a such thing as being a alkie and later being able to drink again without the madness of being a alkie/addict. it will get worse never better

     
    Old 01-02-2005, 08:07 PM   #5
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    Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    I went cold turkey and stopped drinking for two years. Sad to say that I'm drinking now again. It didn't work for me. This is a battle that's going to take years to get over. I just didn't start drinking over night. I started when I was 15 and am 29 now. I've never been to AA but I see my therapist tomorrow...he doesn't know that I've been drinking and getting high...I'll be honest with him tomorrow though. He'll probably want me to join the dual diagnosis group that they have where I got to therapy though. If you decide to go cold turkey good luck but I don't recommend it. Sooner or later you'll start drinking again without the continuous support that AA can offer.

     
    Old 01-02-2005, 10:52 PM   #6
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    Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    YES.....I quit september 1999....I drank every day. Tried quiting several times. I worked 3rd shift and would pick up beer on the ride to work and put in a cooler so I'd have it when I got out of work for the ride home.....I got good at drinking and driving.......I would use a flexable plastic tube to drink from....I would wedge the bottle between my hip and the seatbelt and run the tube from the bottle to my mouth so I would'nt have to tip my beer....took the long way home...I would lie to my wife about what time I got out of work so I would have more time to drink....I would make excuses to leave the house so I could get beer......I could not stop drinking once I started......If I had a beer at 11:00am I couldn't stop till I went to sleep......I quit....and never looked back. It took me 3 years to figure out who I really am.....I still party with my buddys....Someone I know who also quit drinking said, "a person can only drink so much in a lifetime......I drank all mine too soon." There is a lot more to my story, but you can quit. Now I take pride in being the desgnated driver and getting my friend ,that I cherish, home safely.

     
    Old 01-03-2005, 05:58 AM   #7
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    Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    What I have found is that when I quit my drug of choice I move on to the next drug in line. So, quiting alcohol but picking up pills or vice versa is not the same in my mind as quiting one of them for good.

    After a life long struggle I quit all drugs and was clean and sober for 13 years, the first 2 years I went to lots of therapy and AA meetings. I made a lot of changes (people, places & things) that helped me to remain sober that long. What I didn't do is stay in AA and eventually lost connection with my sober friends. I started feeling like I was like everyone else in my life only I didn't drink/use. Eventually I started thinking I could use every now and then and be OK..right? I had no one around to help keep me accountable. Afterall, I knew a lot of people and some of them seemed to use a lot and they managed to live a functioning life. I thought maybe my problem with addiction was how I was looking at it. I was being to hard nosed about it. That is what I told myself. Really, I don't even know what all I told myself before I picked up that first drink/pill. Point is I did it and a little over 8 years later after failing miserably to use normally/socially/moderately, I know that I need AA or some type of recovery program in my life or I will talk myself into thinking I can use/drink normally. AA/recovery keeps me accountable. I actually like most meetings, I usually hear something that helps me.

    I can't really comment on ways that people have really stopped using all drugs including alcohol but I know that people have done it. I'm just not one of those folks.
    If you decide that you cannot stop on your own you might want to give AA a try. What have you got to lose?

    101 days clean and sober today!
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    Old 01-08-2005, 08:47 PM   #8
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    Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    I have a drinking problem and I want to try decreasing the amount I drink gradually. My greatest fear is withdrawal. Can I do this safely at home? I drink 5-7 drinks every evening. I believe that AA would also help in beating this addiction. Any thoughts on what I can do to make this as easy as possible. I know that I will suffer to a certain degree but I'm not sure how hard it will be.

     
    Old 01-09-2005, 06:20 AM   #9
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    Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    Hi Patty,

    Can you describe your drinking? Do you drink in the morning to calm the shakes? How much do you drink on your worst days? On good days?

    Usually alcohol w/d is short lived because of the half life of alcohol. But to be on the safe side I would look up an addiction specialist or if you have an MD you trust try her/him.

    Generally, there is not a need to taper alcohol. If you could have tapered you would have done that by now. Not a judgement at all. I certainly could not have done so. For me once it hits my system it's full on.

    If I could have quit on my own, all by myself I would have. I spent years trying to do that. It didn't work for me. I bounced from one substance to the next then back again. I even started smoking cigarates after quitting for 18 years! I NEVER thought I would do that. It seemed like a reasonable idea at the time though. I was going to be an occasional smoker...ha.

    What has made a difference for me was getting treatment. I called a local center and spoke to a counselor. I had a few sessions with her then went into their outpatient treatment center. I also go to AA now. This board was also a step towards that process.

    There is definitely help available for you. You are not alone. Give someone a call...and keep writing here. Whatever it takes.
    Patty

     
    Old 01-09-2005, 06:28 PM   #10
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    Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    There are groups other than A.A. that are not religion based.

     
    Old 01-10-2005, 07:24 AM   #11
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    Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    I drank for 25 years and tried to quit on my own. Finally went to AA and now I'm four years sober. My main comment would be that AA has a good track record and Not Drinking is NOT the same as living a successful happy life. AA can provide that lifestyle.

    In response to AA and religion. You can make AA as religious as you want. It is the "God of your understanding" (can be the group or whatever you want.) In my program However, I have to have a strong Religious connotation.

    Hope this helps.

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    Old 01-16-2005, 03:09 PM   #12
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    Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    When I was a teen both my parents finally quit drinking cold turkey after several tries, however they really never lived a "normal" life. They sort of existed in a dry drunk. All the disfunctional thinking, actions, and rationale still applied to every other aspect of their lives. Good luck with whatever choice you make. And hang in there!

     
    Old 01-16-2005, 05:07 PM   #13
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    Re: Anyone beat alcoholism/problem drinking without AA?

    OHHHHHH the softer, easier way is only prolonging the inevieable. If I were in your shoes I would take the bull by the horns and go for whats worked for others who have managed to stay sober 30 plus years.

    Its a program called AA. You can try to continue drinking on your terms and try to control your drinking. In fact try it. If it doesnt work and you are still miserable, try AA. Caring people who wont judge you, and will lay tools at your feet. Take em or leave em. They wont make you do it. It's mearly a suggestion.

    I never tried to "control" my drinking and etc... once I knew I was an addict- I headed for rehab and now attend a meeting once a day. Im four months sober on the 19th.... but no only that... I live a happy, fulfilling life and am surrounded by people who love me and are going through the exact thing as me and you!

    Ive seen everything and if you want my opinion, hehe, Im saying the most suicide's happen when someone has known they can't control there drinking and drugging- but refuse to reach out and work the program- but rather choose to "go it on there own"

    AA will be there for you when you are ready.

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