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Thank you Brian and MaryLouise, I started a journal tonight and feel about my first entry. Interesting putting out there what has only been inside my brain forever. I appreciate your support so far and you all are well.
How's the weekend going, Michael? I'm well although the southern hemisphere heat is getting me down. A quiet weekend, some work and cooking -- too hot to garden. It seems a long way off from the old weekends which revolved around drinking or white-knuckling!
All the best
Hi MaryLouise! My weekend was good. Got through without drinking, even though the thoughts were there. I have been getting on the treadmill and doing some workouts to burn out extra anxious energy. I like gardening too, waiting for the weather to warm up to start some early planting. Finding that my biggest obstacle right now with drinking is telling my AS "no" when I get thoughts to drink. Need aomething that will stick.
Good that the weekend went well. I found at the beginning I needed almost constant vigilance because urges and cravings would pop up all the time -- in the early evenings, before and during weekends, when I was tired or irritable -- but also when I was cheerful and busy. Unpredictable. That in retrospect is why staying close to sober people helped because others weren't going through this kind of inward ordeal and I was encouraged by others who resisted the urges and helped me do the same. It got easier over time and the desire to drink just faded.
Thank you for your reassuring responses MaryLouise! This is more difficult than I want it to be! Looking to this weekend with positivity!