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6 years ago 0 GusA 114 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Day 1

I have been reading these postings for the last couple hours and its given me hope. Seems like there are effective ways to quit.
 
I have considered quitting for months, no years. I dont know how I went from being a regular drinker to a  problem drinker. It just snuck up on me. It's hurting my relationships. It's a bad example for my kids. And it's costly to my wallet and my health. So this is Day 1 of quitting for me. I dont want to have another Day 1. I am hoping to quit all this week. I guess I start by not drinking on day 1. I really want to get on here in a week's time and tell you that I didnt drink the entire week.
6 years ago 0 GusA 114 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Day 1

Survived Day 1 with plenty of water and trip to the gym last night for a workout. Just trying to go one hour, one day at a time. Had a pretty good day. And now it's day 2 and I'm not hungover. I have a clear head. Which feels great. Good luck Lynn. One day at a time. 
6 years ago 0 GusA 114 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Day 1

Lynn, forgot to mention, I had same problem last time I tried quitting. I had a hard time trying to sleep. Two things you can use. Melatonin is a perfectly safe over the counter drug you can try. In and out of your system after a few hours, and naturally occuring in your body already, as I understand. Or you can request a perscription from your doc, altough there's some risk there of dependency, so talk to your doctor about that option. Good luck now. Have a great day!
6 years ago 0 GusA 114 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Day 1

Thanks Dave for the enocuragement. It really means alot. It's hard talking to people close to you about this type of issue (at least I find it hard). A third party, arms length person is easier to converse with in certain circumstances.
 
Lynn, yes, I think we probably need to be careful with what we take as supplements to sleep. Consulting with your family doctor is important beofre you start any of that stuff. White noise machines help me sleep well too.
 
Last night went find. Lots of ice water. Worked out at the gym. And did sleep well last night. And most importantly, I hardly even thought about having a drink. I thought about it, and my thought was I dont want one. And the best part of all, a clear head again this morning, and no feelings of guilt or remorse.  That feels great. Thats the worst part of drinking for me.
 
Lynn, have a great day today!
6 years ago 0 GusA 114 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Day 1

Lynn how are things?  Hope all is well.
Last night and today going great for me. Nice to have a clear head all day and night. And no hangover to deal with is soooo good.
6 years ago 0 GusA 114 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Quitting AGAIN

I want to look back from Fathers Day in 2015 and look at how much my life has improved since I stopped drinking. I dont want to drink anymore. I am hurting those around me, and I have to stop, or I will lose everything. Today  was tough. I know now what withdrawl feels like, and man, I dont ever want to feel this way again.

6 years ago 0 GusA 114 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Quitting AGAIN

Thanks for the encouragement everyone. It truly does give me hope.
 
Ashley, thanks for the advice. What do I have gain by not drinking?
1)I dont want my kids to look back in 20 years and say"My dad was a drunk."
2)I will gain alot of extra money. I am spending $20 per day or more. $7300 for the year. Thats ALOT of money!
3)I will have better health. Right now I have a beer belly due to drinking.
4)I want to live to be an old man. Some family members of mine died prematurely due to drinking.
5)I want to feel well again when I wake up in the morning, not cloudy and guilty.
 
Thats just 5 good reasons to quit.
6 years ago 0 GusA 114 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Quitting AGAIN

Yes Lynn, its me, back again. Hope all is well with you.
6 years ago 0 GusA 114 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Sleeping

So I am back to being a non-drinker. Bog problem for me right now is sleep (I guess alcohol was helping me fall asleep when I drank).  Any advice on some methods to use to help me fall sleep?
6 years ago 0 GusA 114 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Quitting AGAIN

So I havent drank in a week. This is the longest time I have gone since I was 14 year old (I am in my 40s).
 
So for those of you just starting off, here is what I experienced in my first week:
 
*I had withdrawl for a couple days. That was tough. But lots of carbonated water and pop to replace alcohol did the trick for me. And lots of support from this site. I have no cravings right now (not to say it wont happen down the road).
*Having a clear head every day, with no hangover, is an unbelieveable feeling. I can think all day, which I could not do when I was hungover.
*I have had a closer relationship with my kids this week. I didn't realize what I was missing out on until I stopped.
*And the best feeling of all, no guilt about drinking the next day!
 
And if you tried to quit before, and it didnt work, thats OK. You can try again.
Good luck to everyone, and thanks for the support.