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New Relationships Can Threaten Sobriety

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So, new relationship can threaten your sobriety, ironic, isn't it? I had a friend named TJ.  This was back in Albuquerque in the 90’s when I was drinking a lot.  I met TJ just before he started getting clean.  He was the manager of a convenience store I frequented, and we got to talking that way, also finding out we had a friend in common. TJ—as happened with me—had a hard time with his girlfriend while he was still drinking.  Or it might be more accurate to say that she had problems with … [Read more...]

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Endorphins: Your Key to a Natural High

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Endorphins are easy to generate. If you ask anyone—a heavy drinker or otherwise—why people drink, the first thing you’ll get is some kind of look like you’re a bit thick.  After that, they’ll tell you about the way it loosens you up and numbs your face and suppresses your problems and leaves you this booze-logged sloppy mess with little idea what’s going on and no desire to find out. And all of that is true.  But for its depressant properties and inhibition smashing skills, alcohol also does … [Read more...]

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How Long Does Withdrawal Last?

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This timeline shows that the worst of it is in the first four days. A lot of drinkers are concerned about withdrawal.  I get quite a few questions about it.  A lot of people just don’t know what withdrawals are and they confuse them with a lot of things, such as a general longing or a psychological beating you take. It’s important to know that withdrawals specifically mean physical symptoms (I’ll outline these below) that come from drop in blood alcohol level when your body thinks it’s … [Read more...]

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5 Points I Learned Through Recovery

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What I learned through recovery The gambler can sit in a bar, stroke his beard, and mull over a life of lessons learned.  A sage old teacher can sit down and fill a notebook with observations gleaned in decades working with children.  And a recovered addict also has very specific lessons learned through his recovery.  These are things that make me feel wise and on par with anyone who has accumulated knowledge in any field.  And I’m more than happy to have these pearls, even if the process of … [Read more...]

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Why I Feel Depressed After Drinking And How To Ease Depression?

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Feeling depressed after drinking is one of the most common problems occurring in case of addiction, predisposing the person in question to several other mental issues, such as anxiety. Easing depression after drinking is easier than you might think. OK, you've heard that joke about feeling hungry after eating Chinese food.  It's funny, because in the last few years I've bought all sorts of Chinese recipe books (you can find my preferred one here!), so I know how to make some kung pao and lo … [Read more...]