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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #280 on: January 30, 2018, 11:08:00 AM »
And the missus doesn't remember?  Fuck, mrs.jingle doesn't forget a damned thing.
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #281 on: January 30, 2018, 11:17:28 AM »
And the missus doesn't remember?  Fuck, mrs.jingle doesn't forget a damned thing.

She was just happy and thankful I quit. And, I'm sure deep down she wasn't convinced I had really stopped also. Like I said....I had 'stopped' a couple times to prove I could if I wanted to....only to reward myself after stopping for whatever amount of time I said I would with months of binge drinking and out of control behavior.

I'm kind of glad I don't really remember the exact date because that's not really important to me. What's important to me is the fact that at this point in time I don't even think about drinking....which is a big step for me. My drinking was less about having to drink and more about dulling and blocking the emotions and memories of being sexually abused when I was 9.

I ran from confronting that for a LONG time and sobering up pushed me to really deal with it. Having now had a great experience with therapy and talking/working through it all....I don't wrestle with that shame and guilt that was tearing me apart so I don't feel the urge to drink to erase it all. I'm sure each alcoholics experience is different.....maybe some just crave the actual alcohol but for me it was less about the alcohol itself and more about how the alcohol got rid of those emotions. Now that the abuse and effects of it don't control me.....i really haven't had a need for drinking.

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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #282 on: January 30, 2018, 12:11:39 PM »
Gary, I understand it's not my place, it's not my burden, and I respect that others might want to or even  have to see it differently, but I kind of find your approach refreshing.   Your story sounds less about a "date", than it does about a significant lifestyle change.    What good is that date if you have one, three, five, however many transgressions in between?   You seem like you set your mind to a change, made it, and held to it, to your betterment.   Honestly, if it really was about the underlying cause - and don't read that broadly, I'm not implying it's not - the date you first walked into therapy to deal with it head on is probably just as valid a date.

I get that talismans are important to us as humans, but I think we sometimes let the talisman overwhelm what's really important, and that's the underlying cause and effect on our lives (and those of our loved ones).   

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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #283 on: January 30, 2018, 12:31:14 PM »
the date you first walked into therapy to deal with it head on is probably just as valid a date.

completely agree Bill. The decision to 'deal' with what happened to me as a kid is WAY more significant to me than when I chose to quit drinking. Had I not done that I wouldn't be coming up on 10 years sober. 
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #284 on: January 30, 2018, 02:28:20 PM »
The date is important to me but it's vastly more important to the guy coming into a meeting with two or three days sober. We talk about our sobriety length to show the newcomer that long term, contented sobriety is possible.
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #285 on: April 16, 2018, 09:28:42 AM »
This kind of addiction my be sacrilege when compared to some of life's more serious habits, but I hit a huge milestone today. I've been hardcore addicted to afrin for the better part of six years now. I can't get through the night without having to clear my nose out at least once, and during the day, I'm lucky to make it four or five hours without needing a spray. I'd buy the 3-packs from Costco and go through all of the bottles in about a week's time.

After consulting with an allergist and an ear, nose, and throat specialist, I've been put on a steroid regimen alongside two other non-afrin nasal sprays. I've been at it a week now, and in the last 36 hours I've only used afrin one time, and for the first time in nearly six years, I've gone a full 24 hours without using any afrin.  :metal
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #286 on: April 16, 2018, 09:43:41 AM »
That's good news Brian.  :tup  I think anytime anyone can overcome a reliance on a drug....no matter what drug.....is a reason to celebrate.


Have you ever consulted for a sinus surgery? I know my Father in law had severe sinus/nasal issues and he had a surgery a few years back and it seems to have helped him immensely. But I guess it all depends on 'what' the problem is?
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« Reply #287 on: April 16, 2018, 09:45:19 AM »
Congrats Chino. I heard that if you use Afrin too much your body will become dependent on it and won't be able to clear the nasal passages naturally.

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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #288 on: April 16, 2018, 09:51:24 AM »
Jeeze. I remember getting Afrin a couple years ago and the doc warned me not to use it more than like, a few times in a short span, or use it for multiple days in a row because it would raise my blood pressure something fierce. Good on you Chino.
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #289 on: April 18, 2018, 08:32:24 AM »
I had no idea this was a thing but good for you to get the help and find a way off it.

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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #290 on: July 13, 2018, 06:13:08 AM »
I opened this thread 7 year ago (wow) when I had stopped smoking and fucked that up pretty quickly. I've been in a relationship for over two years now and almost since the start my girlfriend bugged me about smoking. Last year we went on a trip to Europe and I bought an electronic cigarette and started alternating between real cigarettes and the electronic one. A couple months back I stopped smoking real cigarettes all together and went on with the electronic one only, progressively :neverusethis: reducing the nicotine dose. Three weeks back I gave my electronic cigarette to a friend who wants to quit smoking and wants to go the same route I did.
I still get some craving for smoking when I drink but for the most part I think stopping gradually the way I did really helped me get rid of the nicotine need I had the last couple of times I stopped smoking. Hopefully this time it will be for good.
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #291 on: July 13, 2018, 01:00:50 PM »
Good on ya pal!  Better breath, and a fatter wallet will surely ensue.   :lol
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #292 on: July 13, 2018, 08:06:43 PM »
Nice man, quitting cigs was one of my better life decisions, especially since they're almost 10$ a pack now. 3 years and counting and I barely get cravings anymore.
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #293 on: July 13, 2018, 08:13:50 PM »
My brother was a big smoker and had gotten off it and back on a few times.  He met a girl almost a year ago and shortly after slowed down significantly for her.  He uses the JUUL vapes now and has given up the cigs pretty much.  I don't think he's gotten off the nicotine, but I think he's been getting better.  My younger sister's husband gave up the cigarettes for the JUUL as well, but he also uses it so much that I'm not sure it's much better.

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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #294 on: July 16, 2018, 05:49:46 AM »
Yeah, I get more money to spend on coffee and food now  :lol
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #295 on: August 01, 2018, 07:10:50 AM »
16 years ago today I quit nicotine. I was a double consumee.....chewed tobacco and smoke cigs. On my birthday that year...January 26th...I realized that I had been chewing tobacco since I was 14, smoking since 16 and that I had a solid 10 years of tobacco use under my belt.

I told myself that on August 1st that I'd quit. August 1st of that year was going to be the year anniversary of me getting bit by a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and nearly dying.....so I set that as my quit date. I spent the next 6 months just hammering away on tobacco...knowing I was done on the 1st.
 
I firmly remember as midnight approached on July 31st I had a dip in the bottom lip and was chain smoking my KOOL Menthols. Right before midnight I took a last drag of the cig.....worked up a good 'spit' from the chew and then took it out and that was that.

To those of you who are trying to stop or have recently stopped.....stick with it. It IS possible to kick the habit and you will love yourself for it. Good Luck!  :tup
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #296 on: August 01, 2018, 07:28:34 AM »
Saw my dentist yesterday and he and his assistant told me my gums and teeth are healthier. Guess thats what happens when you quit smoking (again).

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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #297 on: August 01, 2018, 10:07:53 AM »
16 years ago today I quit nicotine. I was a double consumee.....chewed tobacco and smoke cigs. On my birthday that year...January 26th...I realized that I had been chewing tobacco since I was 14, smoking since 16 and that I had a solid 10 years of tobacco use under my belt.

I told myself that on August 1st that I'd quit. August 1st of that year was going to be the year anniversary of me getting bit by a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and nearly dying.....so I set that as my quit date. I spent the next 6 months just hammering away on tobacco...knowing I was done on the 1st.
 
I firmly remember as midnight approached on July 31st I had a dip in the bottom lip and was chain smoking my KOOL Menthols. Right before midnight I took a last drag of the cig.....worked up a good 'spit' from the chew and then took it out and that was that.

To those of you who are trying to stop or have recently stopped.....stick with it. It IS possible to kick the habit and you will love yourself for it. Good Luck!  :tup

Holy fuck dude... that's a helluva way to A) double dip on that nicotine habit (pun fully intended), and B) KICK that habit.
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« Reply #298 on: August 01, 2018, 10:09:57 AM »
I canít even picture Gary smoking.
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #299 on: August 01, 2018, 10:13:21 AM »
I was a dumbass and made an offhand comment to my insurance agent about how I smoked cigars a couple times, a couple years ago. Like, literally a couple times. My monthly payments for life insurance shot up $7 because of that.  :facepalm:

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« Reply #300 on: August 01, 2018, 10:21:55 AM »
I canít even picture Gary smoking.

My 'primary' choice was chewing tobacco. KODIAK Wintergreen....good lord the smell of it now sends my body into convulsions.  :lol The cigs started off as a social deal when I was younger as I'm sure that's how a lot of us started....then later when holding a ton of restaurant jobs the cigs were just 'easier' to do on the job than chewing, especially when waiting tables. The last few years of smoking I switched to KOOL Menthols because no one would want to bum a Menthol  :lol   But I was close to a pack a day habit there at the end....on top of the chew.

Holy fuck dude... that's a helluva way to A) double dip on that nicotine habit (pun fully intended), and B) KICK that habit.

The cold Turkey method worked for me personally....but that's just kind of the way I am. All or nothing. The side effect was I put on a solid 25-30 lbs over the subsequent 6-10 months because I was eating a TON!! I recall specifically being hooked on Hush Puppies from Long John Silver's.
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Re: The addictions thread
« Reply #301 on: August 02, 2018, 09:23:12 AM »
I quit 3 1/2 years ago after nearly 30 years of smoking, best life choice I ever made.
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« Reply #302 on: August 02, 2018, 11:12:06 AM »
Congrats Gary  :smiley:
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« Reply #303 on: August 02, 2018, 03:38:04 PM »
If there's one thing I have no control over, its junk food. Which is why I don't keep it in the house. An entire bag of oreos or carton of ice cream can easily be gone in one sitting.

Also, I am bad with boredom eating. But I am glad I stopped keeping junkfood around the house.
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« Reply #304 on: August 02, 2018, 08:14:55 PM »
If there's one thing I have no control over, its junk food. Which is why I don't keep it in the house. An entire bag of oreos or carton of ice cream can easily be gone in one sitting.

Also, I am bad with boredom eating. But I am glad I stopped keeping junkfood around the house.

This is me. If I don't buy it then I don't have a problem but when my gf brings home some chips or something like that it'll be gone same day.