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I lead a dangerous but exiting early life and then became a teacher (maths). I was a registered D and A 100% dissabled person for 5 yeras and its still with me. I'm going to dot point the following from my intense and long experience for your interest.
1. The more 'different' your pre. D and A life, the less you can interact with your regular domestic person. It alienates you.
2. The more 'different' your pre. D and A life, the more pro-active you become and that threatens your regular domestic person.
3. The longer this goes on, the worse it gets. This is your critical moment. If you realize what's isolating you you can learn to evaluate what you do against real criteria,ie. become proud of yourself in spite of everything and avoid the whole problem.
4. Most people can't do this so on the pills they go.
5. From then on everyone goes through a different meat grinder.
6. People who want to help or live with you will 'catch' it every time. Warn them.
7. Years later its still the same. You go through every kind of medication.
8. You realize suicide isn't an option unless you want to be remembered as a complete loser (if you have any sense).
9. You try Marijuana and maybe it helps a little, but you want to ENJOY ordinary life.
10. Eventually you meet someone who says STOP!. COLD TURKEY, SO DO IT!
11. Stop the meds, just like that. But do TELL your doc,don't ask him. He won't like it but if he's any good he'll support you.
12. Stop the feeling guilty, under the control of others, a victim, just like that.
13. Stop the your old life,get a new job,place to live,set of colleagues,maybe relationship, just like that.
14. Suffer, it's legal you know!
15. Week 1 is OK. Weeks 2 to 6 are up and down, don't go near a pill. Weeks 6 to 10 hurt, relish it, it's giving you life.
16. It's over. Walk into your new life and forget the old one
17. Or spend a week in the psyche ward and start again
18. What have you got to lose (unless you're a numbskull and do it without your doc)?
Somebody told me this 9 weeks ago. Wish me luck! I feel good, I'm 66 and feel like 25. Look around the net. You'll find a lot people who have succeeded doing this. I hope you are one. By the way D and A happens to caring, self honest, often smart people. If you are a couch potato or a delinquent you probably won't have read this.
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