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Created on : Thursday, July 07, 2005, 08:56:39 am
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September 18, 2005, 4:09 pm CDT

Addiction Support

I haven't responded on this board for quite awhile, it's been since March 05 when I first got sober from alcohol/drugs. I've been following the boards though. I used to be on here as De19672004 in the archives. I just wanted to say that I'm glad to see the support that's still on this board. I still enjoy seeing Mischif's replies and congratulations on the year of sobriety. As for me, I've been sober 6 months, will be 7 on Sept 27th. I did mine cold turkey from alcohol and marijuana at the same time, but I am going to start going to AA meetings now, I feel that I do need the support of AA, not so much because of wanting to drink again, it's just that I need the support that I know that AA can give to me, also I have no friends, because all the "so called" friends I had were drunks and druggies, and I've stayed away from all of them. I started back to college after being out of school for 19 yrs (I'm 37) and am studying to be a Medical Secretary, going to school has been very good for me, even though I do know that I've killed a lot of brain cells from the years of drinking/drugging. I never thought over 6 months ago that life could be so much better not drinking, but it's true, I wouldn't trade being sober for anything. I just wanted to come back here again and let newly sober people know that there is a better life without drugs and alcohol. Thanks for listening and keep up the support, I know it was helpful for me. Thanks for listening.  D.
 
September 19, 2005, 6:32 am CDT

Welcome to all who suffer?

Weather you be alcoholic, addict, anorexic bulimic, a cutter or a codependent. This is the place for you. I would really like to see this board become what it once was. A place for loving support and guidance into a happy useful life. So I start this week with the serenity prayer in it's entirety: 

  

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change 

The courage to change the things I can 

And the wisdom to know the difference. 

  

Living one day at a time 

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace 

Taking, as He did, this world as it is 

Not as I would have it. 

  

Trusting that He will make all things right 

If I surrender to His will. 

That I may be reasonably happy in this life, 

And supremely happy with Him, 

In the next. 

                          Reinhold Neibuhr, 1926 

  

  

Peace and God bless you all 

  

Remember it's never to late to live happily ever after 

  

Mischif 

  

                                                            

  

  

 
September 19, 2005, 9:27 am CDT

mischef!

I have a minor disagreement with you.  Imagine that!  But it occurred to me when I was reading your post.  

  

You made a comment about wishing this board was back to where it had been (I agree), but then you said something about this is the place for people with bulemia, cutting etc.  That's where I don't agree. 

  

Think back --when the board was rocking, it was all about substance abuse.  Those who came in with other problems were few and far between, and none of us felt competent (at least I didn't) in providing specific ideas or thoughts for them.   This sort of gets into the larger issue of what constitutes an "addiction", but I firmly believe that chemical dependency is vastly different from addictions to, say, behaviors. 

  

One thing that might help.  I've been gone a lot lately, and haven't checked most of the shows, but if and when Dr. Phil does his next show on alcoholism/addiction, it might generate some traffic over here.  Like you, I do think it's unfortunate that we lost track of several people! 

  

PS - If my emoticon says I'm angry, it's lying.  I keep clicking on "chilling" and it keeps telling me I'm angry.  Which is making me angry...lol 

 
September 19, 2005, 9:29 am CDT

Addiction Support

Oops, I might not have worded that too well. 

  

I didn't mean for it to sound like people with other problems are wasting their time here or aren't welcome.  That would be rather tacky on my part. 

  

I just meant that I have felt all along that maybe the topics should be reshuffled a bit.  There were just so many instances on the other board where people came in with other issues and never got responses, simply because the rest of us didn't know what to say.   

 
September 19, 2005, 1:36 pm CDT

Addiction Support

Quote From: mischif12

Weather you be alcoholic, addict, anorexic bulimic, a cutter or a codependent. This is the place for you. I would really like to see this board become what it once was. A place for loving support and guidance into a happy useful life. So I start this week with the serenity prayer in it's entirety: 

  

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change 

The courage to change the things I can 

And the wisdom to know the difference. 

  

Living one day at a time 

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace 

Taking, as He did, this world as it is 

Not as I would have it. 

  

Trusting that He will make all things right 

If I surrender to His will. 

That I may be reasonably happy in this life, 

And supremely happy with Him, 

In the next. 

                          Reinhold Neibuhr, 1926 

  

  

Peace and God bless you all 

  

Remember it's never to late to live happily ever after 

  

Mischif 

  

                                                            

  

  

 Hi ! I am new to this. I read your post and think that the prayer is sooo good. I am a recovering addict for 10 yrs. now. I was addicted to Meth. and Pot.   I would like to support people too. That is if you'll let me ! LOL    anyway the post after yours makes some sense.  Drug addiction is a little different, but if we don't offer help to all people regardless of their adddiction, at least they would be getting help somewhere. At least it would be a start. That is where we all start when dealing with addiction.   I neither have the knowledge to address some of these different types of issues but I can still support people.  Addiction is so powerful.  It takes over our power. 

  

  

  

LF 

 
September 19, 2005, 5:47 pm CDT

Clarification

I guess that what I meant with the others types of addictions was that those who cut, binge purge etc as a way out of their pain certainly do have a lot in common with us.  As you may know most people who cut are not suicidal and often get exactly the same rush/relief from what they do as taking drugs and alcohol. Most treatment centers for these diseases use a 12 step model for recovery and we all can identify with that. I just don't want anyone to feel turned away when they are making a last cry for help. I do agree that this mental health board should have a board specific to cutting. In my field I see a lot of cutting but very little about recovery from it. 

  

  

But I felt that just when I might have been making a little headway with Alexie she was chased from the board. I hope you are still reading girl. Contact me any time. 

  

Ps.  I heard from Dopigirl over theweekend via e-mail - she's hanging in and staying sober 

  

You Go Girl!!!!!! 

  

Peace and God bless 

  

 and remember 

  

It's never too late to live happily ever after. 

  

Mischif 

 
September 19, 2005, 6:59 pm CDT

Addiction Support

Quote From: mischif12

I guess that what I meant with the others types of addictions was that those who cut, binge purge etc as a way out of their pain certainly do have a lot in common with us.  As you may know most people who cut are not suicidal and often get exactly the same rush/relief from what they do as taking drugs and alcohol. Most treatment centers for these diseases use a 12 step model for recovery and we all can identify with that. I just don't want anyone to feel turned away when they are making a last cry for help. I do agree that this mental health board should have a board specific to cutting. In my field I see a lot of cutting but very little about recovery from it. 

  

  

But I felt that just when I might have been making a little headway with Alexie she was chased from the board. I hope you are still reading girl. Contact me any time. 

  

Ps.  I heard from Dopigirl over theweekend via e-mail - she's hanging in and staying sober 

  

You Go Girl!!!!!! 

  

Peace and God bless 

  

 and remember 

  

It's never too late to live happily ever after. 

  

Mischif 

 I agree with you that we can't deal with certian issues like cutting.  I think that we could be understanding enough to not turn anyone away.  At least we could refur them to get help and support them.  Thank you for your care an concearn over this subject.  I have experienced some cutting of my own and know that I will take advice anywhere I can get it.  Everyone has a point or two.   

  

  

  

  

  

 Liz 

 
September 20, 2005, 11:14 am CDT

mischef

Quote From: mischif12

I guess that what I meant with the others types of addictions was that those who cut, binge purge etc as a way out of their pain certainly do have a lot in common with us.  As you may know most people who cut are not suicidal and often get exactly the same rush/relief from what they do as taking drugs and alcohol. Most treatment centers for these diseases use a 12 step model for recovery and we all can identify with that. I just don't want anyone to feel turned away when they are making a last cry for help. I do agree that this mental health board should have a board specific to cutting. In my field I see a lot of cutting but very little about recovery from it. 

  

  

But I felt that just when I might have been making a little headway with Alexie she was chased from the board. I hope you are still reading girl. Contact me any time. 

  

Ps.  I heard from Dopigirl over theweekend via e-mail - she's hanging in and staying sober 

  

You Go Girl!!!!!! 

  

Peace and God bless 

  

 and remember 

  

It's never too late to live happily ever after. 

  

Mischif 

Oh, I knew that's exactly what you meant, mischif.  I just think that, in addition to the 12 step info, it would be so helpful for a cutter who comes here if they found other cutters on the board.  I've got anorexia and panic disorder covered in case it's needed, however :) 

  

And thanks mucho for the update on dopigirl.  Her story was so full of lessons in many ways.   

  

PS - I'm calling my emoticon ecstatic today.  It's just a test. 

  

  

 
September 20, 2005, 5:19 pm CDT

im still here

Quote From: the_indian

Oh, I knew that's exactly what you meant, mischif.  I just think that, in addition to the 12 step info, it would be so helpful for a cutter who comes here if they found other cutters on the board.  I've got anorexia and panic disorder covered in case it's needed, however :) 

  

And thanks mucho for the update on dopigirl.  Her story was so full of lessons in many ways.   

  

PS - I'm calling my emoticon ecstatic today.  It's just a test. 

  

  

hello I'm still here and I'm hanging in there....i have been working on cutting myself down from the pills not taking so many as i did I'm in alot of pain and my body aches so bad but i know it will be worth it in the long run....my husband or boyfriend we are not married yet but will be soon long story lol....anyways he leaves me with a certain amount of pills every day so i wont be tempted to take more then i need....the nice thing is my daughter will have 2 weeks off school after Fri so i wont have to worry about getting her to school every morning and getting up so early she goes to a private school so we have to leave so early it takes me 45 min to get her there but its worth it....I'll just be glad when I'm off them all together then deal with what i need to for the pain i have instead of pain killers the xanax i think will be the hardest to get off of I'm not sure though...i also have an appt to go get seen and put on some anti depressants thank god well thanks everyone who is helping me Joanne
 
September 20, 2005, 9:18 pm CDT

addicted to feelgood

Hi all I just sent this as an email to Dr Phil, 

I have added a link to a website that has good links to recovery groups, I hope the link works on the message board...... 

Funny how things change, it wasnt that long ago you couldnt have dragged me in front of the TV with a herd of elephants, while Dr Phil was on, I didnt want to hear about denial, I was different ! poor old me. but I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. I have been sober almost five years now, and when recently I watched the show I thought, is this the same guy? whats changed here? Then the answer came, I,,, have changed, and my attitude has changed, I got clean and sober in the early nineties for three years, I had a pretty bad work accident and when I was put off work was overwhelmed with misery, loss of a good income, just after my seconed divorce, I wasnt getting access to my kids, my employer lied about my pay rate to the insurance company, Mum had her leg amputated while she was in her sixties(Diabetes), then she had a tripple heart bypass, I cant remember which came first, I was involved in a self help group that couldnt get enough funding to stay open, and while I was at the helm, even though we had thirty thousand signitures a year in the sign in book, the funding just wasnt there, so the doors were closed permanently, I had to turn away sick people because no one who cared could help,I wore that for a long time and it still gets me down, I couldnt handle it, so I thought I would get out of it for the night, got drunk, stoned, and fell back into the old life style DDD, Drinking, Drugging, and Denial, that fixed nothing but my dealers cash flow, for me things got worse, Dad got sick, and died, then Mum also died, I had less hope then ever of seeing my son, and I had lost the disire to stop the DDD's, POOR ME, what a sad and pathetic thing I had become, I conned a friend into renting me a country property, I came here to die, my liver was on the verge of collapse, my lungs were stuffed, I was sure I was living in hell, I didnt think I would last six months, I had lost my drivers licence again, and lost count how many times, when I first got here I had no running water except the creek, no phone, no power, no friends, no car, no public transport, nothing but time to think about what had become of my life, and it wasnt good, every drink hurt my liver, every smoke my lungs, I wanted to die, but didnt want to commit suicide, even though I was thinking about it every day, I eventually made the "decision" to give recovery one more try, I made contact with a support group, and slowly hope came back into my life, I accepted my situation, and became greatfull for the things I did have , A bed to sleep in, blankets and a roof, as remote as it is here I have grown to love the place, life has been getting better one day at a time, bit by bit I am getting the place fixed up I have water, now the phone , solar power, my licence, a new car, and best of all a new attitude, all the best steve,, 

http://members.optusnet.com.au/~strathbrook  this link gets to live recovery chat rooms,,, online 12 step radio,,, info for recovery,,,  worth a click,,,  I think so but its my site huh 

 
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