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Re: How much Can I really take? star008

Posted by antigua3 on November 18, 2007, at 6:50:22

In reply to Re: How much Can I really take?, posted by star008 on November 16, 2007, at 7:38:48

No, it's not unusual at all for the depression to get worse when you stop drinking. Drinking numbs and if you use it when you just can't handle it anymore, then you are dealing with the drinking and not the underlying problem. I say this because it's exactly what I went through. When I quit drinking, I had to deal with what was underneath and I can truly say that I didn't make leaps and bounds of progress until I quit. Drinking episodes always lead to great insight to my problems, but I had to use it to stop coping.

And yes, I went into a very deep depression after quitting. But with a compassionate T and good doctors for meds, I really quit and I see the world in a whole different way. In both good and bad ways, but eventually the good has definitely outweighed the bad. Quitting was a godsend for me. Alcohol abuse runs through my family and I was a natural for turning to it to help.

For me, there would be a point where I just couldn't stand IT anymore, and I would drink. When I learned what the IT was (confronting childhood issues), I could start dealing with that.

Quitting is very difficult, but if you can do it, or need help to do it, please do so. It will shift the entire focus of your therapy, and your life.

I am always here to help, and there are others on the substance abuse board who will support you.

Ask me anything you want.
antigua

 

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