I am bored and lonely and rush home every day after work and start drinking. I suffer from anxiety and depression and I don't know if the drinking is causing that or if the anxiety and depression are causing me to drink. I can not afford a detox facility and want to try to detox on my own but I hear the results are not very successful.
I am open to all comments and would like to hear from those of you who have had or are currently having this sort of issue.
AA is free, and helps most people (who work the 12 step program) to overcome their anxiety and depression (as it arrises). While I thoughtalcohol and drugs were the answer to my problems, they eventually became my problem.
But giving up the drug was not the answer, because I still had my initial problems.
I don't go to AA so that I won't use - so much as I go to keep me from getting into a state of mind that makes me think that using is the only way out.
I used to go to the gym, maybe I should try that again. I went to an AA Meeting on Sunday and it was great as I met allot of really nice people who seemed to care. I know there are several meetings right down where I work and I am going to check into to attending those as well.
I'm glad you went to some AA meetings and met good people. I hope they are able to help you, but I'll check back here tomorrow or so if you want to ask me any questions about my drinking and what helped me quit. Basically I did go to a hospital for 3 days, but then started attending AA and it was the AA that kept me sober. Anyone can quit, as I did quite a few times-lol, but staying with it is what you will learn in AA. I know it can be very rough in the beginning but it not only does get better, but it gets really great. Take this one day or an hour at a time. This was a long time ago for me, I've been sober for 13 years, but still I have things that are hard and many of the things I learned in AA are the things that help me now. I sure hope you are finding what you need to help you find a better way to live.
Thank you so much for your positive input. Did you go to AA meetings every day? I work full-time so it it difficult for me but find myself having a glass of wine again at night and believe me I really want to cut it out all together. Sometimes I come home from work and am so bored and lonely that I want to turn to the bottle, but have been getting myself out for a 40 minute walk instead.
So even after so many years you still have temptations?
okay, AA is a good thing but my advice is go somewhere that can teach u to LIMIT your drinking instead of just cutting it dry. It is okay to drink.....just don't get drunk everyother day. I don't know how old u are but with younger adults AA seems kinda lame so u have to find an alternative, something where your needs of having a good time are still met and u don't sit in a room and talk about god.
Carol, are you still on this site ? i just now signed up on here, i too struggle with drinking wine. i stopped as of tues. night when my youngest son told me he was not going to have anything to do with me right now, i use to drink when i was young and both my parents were alcoholics, trying to make a long story short, any way i am 50 yrs old now. my husband and i about 5 yrs ago started visisting wineries, we loveed it, but for me now i love it a bit too much. i dont work except cleaning for my sons once a week, and driving every week to where my husband is deployed for a year at Camp Atterbury, so i basically live out of a suitcase, but when i am home i too get bored , tired lonely so drink wine, but lately its been every day and too excess. i have been to A.A years ago with my mother and it can help, its a support group but for one i am not sure i belive its a desease. i think its an addiction just like anything else we can become addicted too. at least you work, but if you come home to an empty house i undertsand how that can be. my husband was in Iraq back in 2004 , so i know that kind of emptiness. any way if you want to hook up on here just to talk and maybe try and keep each other accountable i would be willing. i know i need the help also, the cravings can be so bad when ya want a ddrink and as of now i have told all 3 of my kids i am done for now, this is the 2nd day and its not easy, but to go to a detox or rehad, not sure about that,it can be good initially but ultimatly its up to us, my mom was in and out of a lot of treatment centers. well hey didnt mean to go on and on, i could probably write a book if i told it all. well hope your doing better. my name is Jill live in Indiana.
Too bad we don't live closer to each other, we could be a good support system to one another...lol. I finally quit the wine about 1 month ago. I go to 2 support groups but they are for depression and anxiety and it's a great bunch of people and I've made some friends. I have my Bible study also so I'm out of the house 3 nights a week. I now am not working due to my disibility and have recently been diagnosed with Bi-polar 2. Don't worry, I'm not crazy, just either really depressed or hypo manic; I do not have the type 1 where the mania is really bad. I feel foolish telling you this as I do not know you or what you will think.
Please do yourself a favor - stop drinking; you will feel better each day you do not drink.
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