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HotWIcheese
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Today is day one after a long bender. I am tired of feeling like crap everyday and being embarrassed. Haven't been a big meeting person but I know if i am going to make this work i need to have some sort of support system. I am trying out campral as well, hopefully I have the urge less. Anyway, hello everyone and today is a new day.
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Brock
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Welcome here.

We all have day one after long benders and I have had many, made many promises, and tried many solutions. It took a lot of punishment to have me finally surrendering and doing what AA asked, and I figured that they didn’t ask that I warm a seat in meetings for the rest of my life, that’s not mentioned in the big book at all. Yes at first some support is important, but that support better be also pointing to the scrolls with the steps on the meeting wall and saying do that!

Like you I was not a big meeting person, and only because I finally met a fellow who looked to be enjoying life and who only came to one meeting a week, did I find the real answer, he said do the steps then meetings are optional, amen. The support shifts from human beings to something spiritual, and nobody is going to tell anybody else what spiritual path they have to follow, it comes from the steps, as it says in the 12th step ‘having had a spiritual awaking as a result of these steps,’ not as a result of sitting in meetings and drinking coffee.

I found listening to AA speakers on youtube helpful, someone said to type in ‘AA Chris R,’ and there I found this fellow who was straightforward and had a message which saved my backside.

I wish you all the best and please ask any questions if you have them, folks here enjoy answering.
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Hello,
I made promises and would get on the wagon and then figure I was cured and only to find I would let my best intents and would be drunk again trying to figure out how this could of happened again.

I hope you will work this simple program as you can do it and if the right people are in your life then the might be able to be support for those times when your mind try's to take over!
Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It's the best part of the day.
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Welcome.
A support system is great. But, the 12 steps are what got me sober and have kept me happily so for 13 years now 😁😁👍
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Wisconsin? Here's a link to resources and meeting in your state:
https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/find-aa-resources
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HotWIcheese wrote: Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:51 pm Today is day one after a long bender. I am tired of feeling like crap everyday and being embarrassed. Haven't been a big meeting person but I know if i am going to make this work i need to have some sort of support system. I am trying out campral as well, hopefully I have the urge less. Anyway, hello everyone and today is a new day.
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Hello Roo1234, good to have you here with us. Tell us a little about yourself so we might get to know you.

We're all sober alcoholics here. We know what it is like to have those "moments" where we absolutely know we are killing ourselves with the booze. And we know what it is like to put down that booze and get sober.

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Does anyone know any great interactive AA websites where you can contact people solo and through the group?
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You are very cool
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Day one for me as well (again). Had done pretty well the last 6 months. Even made if through Christmas with family sober. But Thursday night-Saturday night has caught up with me. The shakes, vomiting bile, crappy sleep. I have so far resisted the desire to get drunk again to take the edge off, but first 48 hours always suck. I did make it to a meeting today though and doing some reading. Need to talk to someone 1:1 tomorrow though. Thanks for listening.
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Hello Eric, welcome. And welcome back.

It's tough getting sober. Hang in there. One day at a time, even one hour at a time. Go to lot of meetings. Meet new, sober folks and get their phone numbers. Go back to meetings. You know the drill. Keep doing it. You are worth it!!

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PaigeB
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EricN wrote: Mon Jan 02, 2023 7:19 pm Need to talk to someone 1:1 tomorrow though.
No matter where you are in the WORLD there is a General Service Office and usually something even closer to you like an Area (state) or a District (local) you can contact. My District has a hotline.

https://www.aa.org/find-aa Just pop in your country or US Zip Code and the contacts appear WITH a list of states underneath. There is also a meeting guide app for smart phones and a link to Online AA Intergroup!
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EricN said-
first 48 hours always suck.

I have been through many of those, and many ‘attempts’ at AA, warming a chair and drinking coffee.

Nothing worked until I finally decided to do those steps, it says on P75 in the chapter ‘Into Action,’ speaking about step 5 -
The feeling that the drink problem has disappeared will often come strongly. We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe.
I am still walking that highway many years later, and the drink problem disappeared long ago. Get into steps 4 & 5 pronto, anything else is just spinning your wheels and warming a chair at AA meetings.
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Thanks for greetings and insight. When I did dry out for several months, I worked up to Step 5. Obviously at this early stage, gotta commit one at a time to just making it to 3 or 4 again. Last two days, haven't really been tempted to drink to take the edge off the withdrawal symptoms unlike year's past. Mainly because the physical symptoms have been so severe, I couldn't hold down a drink and my blood pressure was dangerously high. But I know in a couple of days, body will resume to normal and that itch will come roaring back. So I gotta work the steps to avoid that.

Anyway, was a really scary 36 hours. And I've probably got 36 more but problems are lowering in the right direction. And then the work begins again. This board has been helpful, didn't know it existed the last 6 months I've been in recovery/relapse.
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EricN wrote: Tue Jan 03, 2023 4:00 pm my blood pressure was dangerously high.
Please seek the attention of a doctor. Severe Alcohol Withdrawal is more than dangerous, it's deadly. Symptoms can come and go even after 3 or 4 days. I know people who have DIED from it.
Cling to the thought that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have - the key to life and happiness for others. With it you can avert death and misery for them. page 124 BB
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