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Rex's 2nd Time Around Volume 2   Sobriety/Recovery Journals

Started 8/31/12 by Rex (rcclark99); 31272 views.
Rex (rcclark99)

From: Rex (rcclark99)


I love riding in WV, really some great roads. What part of the state do you live in Brian. This might be a very real possibility.

From: MaryLouise2


Congratulations Rex on those three years! And thanks too for the masterly resume of the roller coaster. You have been through so many extremes and I  hope that your 4th year is less daredevil and more settled!



Congragulations Rex on your 3 years well done heres hoping you have many more.


Brian (BrianB125)

From: Brian (BrianB125)



If you look at a map and see where the western part of Maryland dips down into WV, we are just below there.  The nearest big (sort of) town is Petersburg.  If you can find the Canaan Valley (lots of ski resorts), we are in the valley just east of there, on the other side of the Dolly Sods and the Allegheny Front.

We have two extra bedrooms so you'd be welcome any time.

Elsie (Elsiek)

From: Elsie (Elsiek)


So it can be done....well done you xxx


From: Firenailer


That's been a heck of a 3 year ride Rex! Here's hoping the next 3 are a little smoother!

Stay well and thanks for always being here to help the rest of us.


From: mkh106


yes, Rex, do stick around and see what the next three years will bring!

congratulations on your three sober years, those very eventful topsy-turvy years!



Susan (swl755)

From: Susan (swl755)


Huge congratulations on three years, Rex!  And what a great summary of it--really quite an inspirational story of getting through life's ups and downs without the crutch/chain of alcohol.

It has been so good to have you as a friend on this journey.


From: NCorbett3


Wow, that's some journey and 3 years sober is major.  Good going Rex and all the very best for year 4.
love, nancy xxx
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Rex (rcclark99)

From: Rex (rcclark99)


Thank you all for your best wishes. This is now my strongest link to the sober world and I cherish it.

A couple of years ago at the suggestion of my wife, I started taking the anti-depressant cymbalta. She had taken it and felt like it really helped her and I was having problems getting through our long, cold and very dark winters.

I went to my GP who prescribed 30mg capsules. I took them for a year or so when K suggested I take 60mg capsules, the same as she did. I guess I thought if a little works, more must be better and my wife is a mental health professional.

So I started taking 60 mg capsules and it seemed to go ok too. I really didn't notice a big difference as far as my depression went but I felt ok.

A couple of weeks ago I decided that I wanted to try and cut down on some meds, so thought I would like to try going back to 30 mg cymbalta again. I saw my doc who bowed to my wishes and wrote me a new prescription for the lower doseage.

After two weeks on the lower doseage, I think I feel much differently. I had some issues the first few days but I can now go to work, concentrate and stay on point all day instead of of sleep-walking through the day. I feel alive and more energetic.

It has made a huge difference in the quality and quantity of my work just in this past week. I don't know what else to attribute it too. I think I was just going through life kind of numb and oblivious to a lot of what was going on around me. Just getting through each day. I feel more emotion now and while all of them aren't good, at least I feel them.

I am spending the weekend with Judy who during this past week has said I was different, suggesting a moodiness or testiness more than normal. I think we need to discuss this seriously and find out exactly what the differences are as she perceives them. While I don't want to be difficult to be around, I also don't want to live my life as a zombie.

I think I may now know why I had no way to keep my mind on the task at hand while I worked. My work and my company has suffered dramatically.

Do I dare to think that my marriage problems (no libido on her part and not much on mine, fatigue and lethargy and just a general don't give a damn attitude on both of our parts) could have been caused because we were both overdosed with the same anti-depressant?

I don't know but think it merits more thought.


  • Edited 11/16/2012 5:54 pm by Rex (rcclark99)