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Re: how to stop binging?

Posted by g_g_g_unit on September 12, 2009, at 22:27:29

In reply to Re: how to stop binging? g_g_g_unit, posted by BayLeaf on September 12, 2009, at 9:56:41

> you sound like someone who does not have an "off switch" for alcohol. imo, one cannot be installed.
> whoever answered your call at the counseling service is a bonehead. they would like you to wait for your problem to worsen and call back then?, " bout let's wait until you drop out of school or you lose your job, then give us a holler?". Alcoholism is a progressive disease. 5 years from now you will be drinking more, and more.

if anything, my alcohol use has lessened over time. i was brought up strictly and didn't touch alcohol until i left college, which means that i went through a period at 20/21 where i drank heavily each weekend as a way to escape the effect anxiety/OCD was having on my life. once i keyed into the fact that it was never going to be an effective longterm coping strategy, i was able to stop. at the moment i'm suffering from depression and have not really drunk for the past year, aside from one or two occasions. but i fear that a remission might foster a return to my old ways. i don't see myself ever using alcohol as a day-to-day coping strategy; i'm just worried i might accidentally kill myself or something by overdoing it one night

i guess since i'll never be able to install an 'off switch', the only effective treatment will be to treat the underlying social anxiety, which is what i'm trying to do now.

> 8 drinks IS a lot, especially when mixed with prescriptions drugs. imo, you are a person who can't live a life which includes moderate drinking. it's all or nothing. are there alcoholics/addicts in your family?

not that i'm aware of. my granddad became addicted to painkillers after a car accident which might mean i have the potential lurking in me i guess
> I'm guessing you are youngish. I would suggest that you consider checking out a Young Person's AA meeting. Bmail with questions/concerns or to tell me to shut up. :-)
> Bay

you're right, i'm 23 - and i appreciate your advice. i always worry that i'm going to be chastised for coming forward with this stuff; i even beat myself up endlessly for what i've done. if the depression ever passes, then ill definitely look into some form of counseling




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