Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 383736

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alcohol is new to me.........advice?

Posted by mmcconathy on August 29, 2004, at 15:13:50

Ok, im 17 and i know im should not be experimenting, but that's what makes it intresting.
Lately this past couple mounths, ive really had trouble sleeping, ive told my mom but she doesnt do anything because she has her own mental issues she needs to deal with.
Well, some old vodka bottles were being thrown out at my dad's place, i decided to not be wasteful with them.

A coulple nights i shot down some, which completely rough on your stomache, BURNS!!

One night i really had BAD insomnia and i dont know how much drank, i actually forgot. I just rerember stumbling around in my room trying to make it to my bed, and crashed badly into my stereo system, that i realized the next day, everytime you move it feels like you thrust forward like 10 feet. I laid there for a while in this sedated state, it took a while, but i finally went to sleep.

Alright well, i fixed back my stero and CD's, my parents were in LA, and some buisness conference, so i didnt have to make up any stories that my cat attacked me so i threw him across the room.

I dont plan on drinking like this in public, just maybe for a little insomnia, and next time i wont consume as much. Trust me.

Matt

 

Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?

Posted by nicolas on August 29, 2004, at 16:02:46

In reply to alcohol is new to me.........advice?, posted by mmcconathy on August 29, 2004, at 15:13:50

Well, proceed with cation. Drinking for insomnia is already a drinking problem. I spent the better part of two years drunk and can say with some certainty that it is not a good way to self-medicate.

 

Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?

Posted by Sebastian on August 29, 2004, at 16:59:08

In reply to alcohol is new to me.........advice?, posted by mmcconathy on August 29, 2004, at 15:13:50

I used to love alcohol when I was 17. I got drunk every day. Just make sure you don't do anything stupid, like drive off a cliff. Drinking at home or in the woods is safe enought. Just avoid any dangerous intersections. ETC, etc, Etc...

 

Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?

Posted by cherylann on August 29, 2004, at 22:59:05

In reply to Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?, posted by Sebastian on August 29, 2004, at 16:59:08

I won't preach to you, but I spent the better part of my teens and twenties in a drunken haze.
It started with a glass of vodka, which I found absolutely wonderful (the feeling, not the taste). Looking back and knowing what I know now, this was a huge mistake. Alcohol is a depressant, something that teens and young adults at risk do not need. I believe this contributed to my own depression/anxiety. But, you're not to that point and I said I wouldn't preach. Just be careful.

cherylann

 

Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?

Posted by ron1953 on August 30, 2004, at 0:21:59

In reply to Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?, posted by cherylann on August 29, 2004, at 22:59:05

Feel free to check this out from other sources. For most people, booze is actually bad for sleep problems. At your age this may not be so. But it probably will be. I've done every legal and illegal recreational drug under the sun. Alcohol is by far the most addictive and dangerous. Funny that it's the legal one. Caution, my friend. Using mind-altering substances on a regular basis may be fun in the short run but likely to become a vicious cycle, or worse, in the long run.

 

ThankU Cherylann, could not have said it better (nm)

Posted by SAW on August 30, 2004, at 1:26:20

In reply to Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?, posted by ron1953 on August 30, 2004, at 0:21:59

 

Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?

Posted by Sebastian on August 30, 2004, at 12:23:31

In reply to alcohol is new to me.........advice?, posted by mmcconathy on August 29, 2004, at 15:13:50

I guess the guy won't understand what you guys are trying to tell him since he has not experienced the whole drug/alcohol experience yet. How could you understand that it is all bad untill you understand it. Understand?

 

Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?

Posted by ron1953 on August 30, 2004, at 17:05:25

In reply to Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?, posted by Sebastian on August 30, 2004, at 12:23:31

Sebastian:

I know where you're coming from. We both know that we had to go through what we went through to get to where we are. But at least the guy asked for advice. Fairly amazing for one so young. I hope his request for advice was serious enough for him to consider what was offered.

 

Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice? mmcconathy

Posted by AuntieMel on August 31, 2004, at 14:24:39

In reply to alcohol is new to me.........advice?, posted by mmcconathy on August 29, 2004, at 15:13:50

You want advice, I'll give you advice.

Never, I repeat NEVER!!! use alcohol or any other drug as a form of self medication. It may feel like it works, but that is how addiction gets started. And I would never wish the pure hell of full blown addiction or recovery on anyone. Recovery may help get a person 'better' but that person is *never* well.

So, practice meditation, not medication.

 

Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?

Posted by Sebastian on August 31, 2004, at 19:19:24

In reply to Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice? mmcconathy, posted by AuntieMel on August 31, 2004, at 14:24:39

She is right, you never will be the same. I remember feeling a breaking point in the early days of my drug abuse, where I just felt as if I would never be the same if I kept using. And I was right.

 

Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?

Posted by rg51 on September 1, 2004, at 22:27:10

In reply to Re: alcohol is new to me.........advice?, posted by Sebastian on August 31, 2004, at 19:19:24

Well said by all! Looking back, I realize that when I was younger, my body and mind could endure the habitual drug abuse and I could still function normally job-wise, etc.. As I entered my 40's, the after-effects and exacerbation of my depression started to become a problem. Then began the vicious cycle of self-medication followed by uncomfortable after-effects. My daily life was becoming adversely affected and my formerly "mild" depression became severe at this point of my life. Lack of pot, my drug of choice, went from being an annoyance to very uncomfortable psychological withdrawal. I also realized that drug use had become a consuming hobby, as it were. I didn't know what to do without it. Hindsight always being 20/20, I wish I never started. My recovery is slow-going and painful. I'm past the habitual drug use but repairing the damage is, as they say, a whole 'nother story.


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