Didn't take naltrexone and drank without

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Joanna is going to be really angry with me, sorry Joanna. Last night I drank 1 can of fosters and 1 bottle of wine without taking naltrexone. It was a spur of the moment thing. I didn't want to feel rubbish today as I had to be there for my 16 year old son this evening. It was very stupid but I've learnt from it. 

I thought my major depression the next day and hangover were because of the naltrexone but I am wrong. I never used to suffer from a hangover from just drinking the above but now I do. Not sure why it's changed but it has. Woke up today feeling rubbish, in fact if it wasn't for my commitment to see my son this evening I would have drunk this afternoon. I even got the tablet ready about 2 pm and was going to tell my son I couldn't see him. It really was touch and go but I didn't take the pill or let my son down. I am drinking now, having taken the pill at 6, but I didn't give in earlier. Was there for my gorgeous son. 

Sorry im rambling but this experience has proved to me that if I feel rubbish the day after it is the drink not the pill. 

Joanna, will this have set me back? X

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    I'm sure she won't be angry, people mess up, particularly with this illness.

    You will have stimulated your opioid receptors and that will have slowed down the process of reaching pharmacogical extinction a little but it shouldn't be disasterous. Just make sure that you take a pill from now on EVERY time you drink. I'm sure Joanna will be here with a response to you later smile

    People make mistakes, don't beat yourself up about it. You can't change what you did, only what you do from now on smile

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      Thanks for that Paul. I've only 5 naltrexone left now. I've got to get my act together and try and get some more somehow. Or campral. Not sure which the dr will agree to. If they tell me to go to addaction I'm fxxxxd x
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      If you have found that, apart from this blip, your drinking is at a much lower level than before you were taking naltrexone, then your Dr should have no problem prescribing it again. I would suggest you try and think back and write down a few selected days when you drank in a more controlled way and write down what you actually consumed on those days. Then point out what you were drinking before. Having something written down is always more convincing than the Dr thinking that you are just pulling random numbers from your head.
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    Paper, one of the things I've noticed is that while 12 beers would have me holding down the sofa most of the next day, I would still get a hangover with even 5 or 6 beers. Then I stopped and though about it, hell yeah a six pack is going to give me a hangover! Maybe when we were young we could get away with that sort of thing and feel fresh the next day, but "them days are done". You're just getting used to the "new real". 
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    Not angry, PF.  No reason for me to be.  I've already mentioned before about the risks of drinking without the tablet.

    You may find that your cravings and urges to drink get a bit stronger again because you allowed your brain the endorphin rush.  When you are trying to show your brain that alcohol drinking is no longer rewarding, you are only confusing it and potentially making it more difficult for yourself in the long run by allowing it to experience the hit again.

    This method will still work with the occasional blip, but please make this the only time.  Next time, spur of the moment or not, stop drinking immediately and take the pill before resuming after the hour has passed.


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    Thanks for everyone's posts which have really helped me. Not sure what I'd do without all my friends on here. I've stopped for 2 days now and determined not to drink again until after next Friday. My 20 year old dancer daughter has a solo at Sadlers Wells, London and with the company she dances with. Going on the train with my parents. If I miss it I won't be able to live with myself. 

    When I feel the urge to drink after then, I will continue with the naltrexone.

    Thanks for being there for me xx

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