Day 8 Forum FAQ

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PJ
 
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  • #5924

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    Hi. I think the Action Step #4 “tag” should read “Stop Comparing Yourself”; the way it is worded now is very similar to step #3. I saw on an earlier page that we should submit a support ticket, but that was giving me a hard time. No big deal — the content is correct, but I just wanted to let you know. Thank you for this wonderful resource.

    • #5930

      Hi! Thank you so much for pointing this out. You’re right- it should say “Stop Comparing Yourself.” We’ve added this to our edits list and will get this fixed asap! We are so glad you are enjoying the program so far. Keep up the great work!

  • #9036

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    Making it through a weekend totally sober is a big deal – so day 8 is very important. I’ve used alcohol for over 30 years and rarely abstained for an entire week. I lay in bed last night and thought of all the others going through this process along with me and it helped to know I’m in good company. Thank you for your brilliant insight and support:)

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  • #16075

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    Pseudo Willpower – Contemplation without real consistent action

    19-Nov-16 “create a healthy diet and body i.e. no alcohol until weight <199 lbs”
    3-Nov-16 “start diligent self-care”
    28-Oct-16 “create a healthy diet and body”
    1-Jun-16 “clean-up today”
    13-Mar-16 “no alcohol binging”
    20-Dec-15 “stop alcohol binging i.e. >1/2 bottle/day”
    20-Dec-15 “clean up my own act – be binge free alcohol”
    2-Aug-14 How do I attack myself?” -“binging medication”
    11-May-14 goals “17 day diet no alcohol, weigh 205 lbs or less”
    6-Mar-14 be “binge free – alcohol, food, emotional”
    5-Feb-14 “alcohol binging”
    “meditate away alcohol urges”
    23-Dec-13 “transcend binging due to emotional distraction”
    16-Jul-13 “I need to binge on alcohol to relax”
    I must stop wine binging to have the energy to eat properly and lose weight”
    goal – “get intimate with my own body”
    10-May-13 “unbinge every way I can” 208 lbs
    16-Apr-13 “binging reward – dulls lack of intimacy pain”
    goal – “get intimate with my own body”
    12-Apr-12 reference to alcohol binging 215 lbs
    23-Oct-02 “binge to distract”
    “transcend emotional distraction”
    15-Jul-06 goal “reduce alcohol”
    1-Sep-03 goal “reduce alcohol”
    22-Jul-00 “drinking alcohol up to 1 bottle of wine at 1 sitting i.e. 18% alcohol is not a problem for me and helps me relax
    3-Jan-98 “you can’t be energetic with a hangover”

  • #120819

    Participant

    Thank you for everything to date. Every day my energy is increasing and my desire to drink is disapating. The day 8 recording made me think of the last feeble effort to quit drinking on willpower alone. It was a car crash waiting to happen. The abhorrence I feel at getting into such a state and my accompanying suicidal thoughts have solidified through each and every day of the program. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you.

  • #122388

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    Captain’s log, day 8 – First I must mention that these daily readings and exercises take me a lot longer than the 45 minutes I think was mentioned in the beginning to complete, maybe I’m just slow. Anyway I am taking this seriously and do find that it is quite refreshing to actually take the time to really study the person I have been and want to become. I spent the weekend at home alone so wasn’t tempted much but that was by design and I was reasonably productive and even had some fun. My previous best at abstinence in recent memory was 21 days, however I will declare my first weekend a success.

    • #122395
      PJ

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      Congratulations on a good weekend! I had a sober weekend although I got upset last night and wanted a drink ~ for a short while. You are right about the ‘taking longer than 45 minutes’ in my opinion. I do think that some days take longer than others but this one was a huge time consumer. And, I’m thinking they might get more involved from here. Maybe?

      I didn’t like the movie exercise. I had a difficult time finding a hero, then I chose Stephen King, who I have admired for years. I have all his 50+ books and love his writing, went to NYC once specifically to hear him speak and admire him a whole lot. BUT ~ with him being in AA, he, of course, told me ‘the star’ should quit drinking, altogether. Which is not what I want or need. So, the exercise wasn’t much help.

      Even my real life addictions counselor, who I have been seeing for over 10 years, doesn’t believe I need to ‘quit’ drinking, altogether, I just need to tone it down. I have a lot of issues that he has helped me with in that time ~ and I am much better off now. But, we both agree that I am very ‘self indulgent’ and reward myself too much ~ be it food, alcohol or what have you. I did spend 17 years in AA, clean, and then got hooked on pain pills which I took for pain ~ which are another matter entirely. But, my counselor and I are handling that matter. 🙂 I am definitely a pill addict.

      Jeez, I realize that I am talking way too much and telling you way more than what you signed on here for. Sorry about that! But, I am very frustrated that the creators of this program don’t ever come on here anymore ~ and barely anyone else does either. It’s like Dave and Jack don’t really give a fuck about this site, anymore. 🙁 I find it very helpful to talk about problems and enjoy interacted with other humans who have somewhat the same issues as I do. THAT was the good part of AA, for me. I’m a happy atheist, so that was the bad part of AA, for me ~ the higher power. I am open to other people believing whatever works for them ~ but don’t try to make me what I’m not. I went that route already. 🙂

      Anyway, when I started drinking, my counselor ~ who never believed I was an alcoholic in the first place (due to things I won’t get into now) ~ said ‘let’s see what happens now that you’ve had a couple of drinks’. I don’t do a lot of things that textbook alcoholics do. I never drink past a certain point ~ 2 or 3 ~ I can’t stand the thought of being sick and having the room spin, etc. But I do enjoy drinking more than I wish I did. I’d have two or three everyday if I had my way. So, I’m here to learn to ‘cut down’ and stop relying so much on alcohol when I am angry and upset OR when I am enjoying life a lot. I do tend to ‘use it’ for different reasons instead of just because I’d like a drink ~ I’d like to stop ‘using’ it and just enjoying it occasionally. None of my family consider it a problem for me or them ~ so I haven’t gone over any ‘lines’. So, I think my counselor is right, that I’m not an alcoholic. But, he and I both agree that I shouldn’t drink as often as I do. So, that’s my story, which you didn’t ask for. 😉

      But, again, I do congratulate you on your sober weekend. Please, IF you feel comfortable, tell me your story with alcohol. I don’t know if we have anything in common other than drinking ~ I am an ‘older’ Canadian female ~ but we do have that in common. 🙂

  • #122394
    PJ

    Participant

    I love how the ‘creators’ of this program don’t even bother coming here anymore. It’s like they don’t give a flying fuck!

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