feeling out of control with alcohol

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Hi have read some of the other posts here which are very motivational. I feel lately I have been trying to blot out numerous personal issues with alcohol and recently have been binging to the point of black outs which is happening more and more frequently. Its affecting my relationships and now even maybe my job. I dont drink everyday but when I do I fimd it very hard to control once I have more than 2 or 3 drinks. I am waiting to see my doctor to see about counselling I just really want to stop but im afraid I will get tempted or my resolve will weaken/ feel stressed or anxious again and binge.

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    Hi. Good that you are seeing your doctor. If he/she isn't helpful then try another in your practice. My surgery has a couple that specialise in addiction and have been brilliant. Get all the help you can or will just get worse and worse( I'm talking from experience. Get counselling and join alcohol groups like aa or smart recovery or local alcohol advisory groups. Get loads of help on this forum, there's some very experienced people on here. Good luck you and hang on in there!
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      Thank you for the reply. I really want to change. Im hoping the counselling will help deal with the issues causing the binges.
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    Hello Star

    Well done for seeking help and being brave in sharing your worries . You definitely are worth looking after smile Stick with it . I've been where you are many times ! and understand that constant circle of battle . I'm doing very well at the mo drinking only one or two drinks a night then on to green tea !!! Its tough some nights but I feel amazing in the mornings . Have you tried meditation , mindfulness ? It can really help to deal with issues from the past that maybe unhelpful to you .

    I wish you all the luck . stay strong x

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      Hi rainbow, I have certainly considered meditation Im going to start doing some more sports related activities - so that more of my free time is filled up. This last binge has caused my anxiety and depression to go through the roof as im not sure exactly all of what I even did but I know I made a complete fool of myself. Im not sure if it would be easier for me to suceed by just having one or two drinks (I did this for a few months before) or just abstaining completely. I dont want to become complacent and start drinking huge quantities again. How long have you been just having the couple of drinks? Well done to you smile
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    I can relate to this. I can't stop drinking once I start and have had anxiety also. There is lots of help. I find counsellor great because it helps you to identify triggers and find the best strategies for you (everyone is different ). I also am on a stress management course through NHS. You could ask about this also. It may help you feel stronger in tackling your problems. Best wishes.
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      Hi daisyjo thank you. I am looking forward to the cousellor I believe I need cbt in particular I was referred a few years ago and didnt go - definately not making that mistake again.
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    Hello again again Star

    Well , I suppose its been a good six weeks now that Ive had only two drinks . Must say though , its getting tough again sad but I'm determined to stay like this . I have had quite a few odd nights where Ive had a bottle but I have not beaten myself up about it and always tell myself I am in control !! NOT the wine smile If I wake up with a bad head and feelings of blurryness etc then its my doing and then I go back to the one glass then another mixed with lemonade ! Mindfulness and meditation has really helped in the fact of not sending my mind into a state of depression and unwanted thoughts when drinking ( yes , even when drinking ) You must do whats right for you . Please let me know , dont feel alone

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      Hi rainbow sounds like you are doing good im pleased for you. For the moment I think Im going to cut out drink completely and if I do drink I will set a 2 drink limit. It will be good to not wake up with the dreaded what did I do last night feelings. I have had the unwanted thoughts during drinking also which has been distressing so I know how you feel. Im just scared I will end up completely isolated due to my drinking and the actions I have taken while drunk. I just dont want to end up in this same place again. Can I ask if you have had counselling also and did it help? Take care
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    im in the same boat my life has turned into a nightmare as of late.im going into rehab on monday for 12 weeks its out of control ive lost everything over drink friends ,girlfriend, job, self respect.your doing the right thing good on you.im a big binger myself 2 or 3 and thats me on it til im plastered.
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