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I went to a movie last night and think I may be past the worst part. I'm feeling much calmer and relaxed today although it is still early.
Today is the beginning of our National Football League season in the U.S. so I will be glued to the tv for part of the day and later in the afternoon may take a short motorcycle ride to dinner somewhere.
I will not drink. I have too much time, work and emotion invested in my sobriety to throw it away because of a few days of craving.
I am in the midst of life changes on several fronts and cannot afford to screw things up by reintroducing alcohol into the mix. That would just be a horrible way to end this story
No worrys or apologies needed. I'll get you on the line soon. It all seems pretty normal to me. You've been through the ringer, and you have to be emotionally shot. Add your friend's going to Italy and some emptyness or lonliness, and the craving isn't so surprising.
Sober 1 year or 30, your still human, and the same things still make you tick. Who wouldn't sit back after all that and not think a drink sure would taste good? But we know it wouldn't be one drink, and it wouldn't be that good, and it's just not worth messing with. Life is just so much easier and better without it. Why F$%k it all up for a drink?
Your friend will be back soon, keep yourself well until she gets home, and reach out to friends when you need to. BUT DON'T DRINK! Now get up, go out to the garage and tinker with the new bike. Change the oil, wash it and wax it, hook up the GPS, whatever....
Just keep yourself moving and busy with everyday life stuff for awhile until this passes.
I'll see you back here in a couple of months when I hit my first year sober!
Just one word of advice from this corner: don't screw it up!
LOLOLOL. Thank you Susan. No reason to beat around the proverbial bush, just come out and say it.
I do not know where this relationship is going but so far it has been very good for both of us, I think.
I'm not sure what caused me to lose my way for the last couple of years in the relationships with the opposite sex arena, but lose my way I did. I was not honorable in dealing with my marriage and others and have hurt people who didn't deserve it.Besides all the doctors I've dealt with in the last few months, I have continued to see my therapist and belong to a men's group dealing with intimacy. So, I am doing my best not to screw it up. She is a wonderful woman and deserves to have a sober, honest and honorable companion and I'm doing my best to provide that.
Bob, I am so happy to hear you're doing well and looking at finishing up a sober year. That is wonderful.
Life is just so much easier and better without it. Why F$%k it all up for a drink?
And that is precisely why I won't f*ck it up. I have been sober long enough to know that cravings are no more than thoughts and they will pass. However, damn they can be annoying.
I struggled with them for three days but things seem to be easing up now so onward we go.
I'll be waiting to hear that one sober year announcement. I'm very proud of you. I know it has not always been easy.
I totally identify with wanting to drink AFTER getting through some tough period.
I understand why this could happen but just didn't think about it I guess until they hit me. I don't remember having cravings last for most of three days before. They usually go away after a few minutes or a couple of hours. Oh well, things seem more stable today so we will move on forward step by step.
I am taking care of myself Nancy and am physically feeling better than at any time since June 1. It's a process but I'm getting there.
Thank you for your post. Love to you too.