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Hi all, just a quick hello. I’m still sober at 150mg p/day, only have had cravings once since my last drink nearly 2 months ago. I am less prone to depression this time around - I think - because I am exercising. I’m not super organised or regimented about it, but if 3-4 days go by and I haven’t been on the exercise bike I really feel it.
Another benefit of exercise is not just staving off depression but actually feeling that pit of the stomach excitement or well being occasionally.
I started to knuckle down and get organised with work about 3 weeks ago and I am starting to really feel really tired from it. I don’t think I have worked as hard for a long time and I’m recognising now that I need to back off a bit. I’m trying to do too much too soon. Any way, this week I can stay at home mostly writing up the stuff I have been doing out on the road the last few weeks, so that will be easier on my worn out brain and body.
I tried going for a jog this morning and it really emphasised how much my smoking is affecting my fitness. I am starting to think about giving up again. I’m noticing too just how much time I waste smoking, especially on those days where I have been flat-out. I popped a nicotine lozenge a few times to deal with the cravings rather than pull up on the side of the road to have a puff.
I too have been wondering about Ne. I hope that she’s okay.
I am now starting to taper down from 200 mg. The caffeine problem postponed this for a while - constantly feeling jittery made tapering down difficult. Have started again last week, going down 10 mg a week - tomorrow down to 180 mg.
I want to be lime @Mom2JTx3 & exist on my script from GP, which is only 60 mg at the moment. Might have a go at getting it put up again - I think max recommended dose for adults in UK is 100 mg. GP thinks they are prescribing for muscle spasm in the back.
On a different topic - anyone heard from @Ne1 recently?
Hello all. Hope we're doing well. Not much new here, just working and hanging with the girl. Went out to a couple nice dinners for Valentine's day, or week, or whatever. Actually quite a few sit-down dinners lately. Man, that's getting expensive.
Pretty light week coming up, two of my three classes are pretty much on autopilot between now and spring break. So trying to use the extra time productively. We shall see how that goes
It's awesome that you're down to just your prescription, @Mom2JTx3.
Hello all. How is everyone? @Jetsman32, I’m so happy to hear the your taper is going well and you have no urge to drink. I think that abstaining all togetherr gives us the best possible chance of beating this for good.
i have tapered successfully from 310mg to 120mg. I now take only what my doctor will prescribe so no supplementing from other sources anymore! I have noticed a minor craving once or twice so am sitting at this level for awhile. I would like to get off completely though. My new role at work is extremely challenging and I think my brain off of Baclofen is better than my brain on it. OR maybe I’m just older now and don’t have the brain power that I use to!
I hope everyone has a good week. I’m traveling out west where it’s warm and sunny so am looking forward to getting away from this snow.
Hi all- I hope everyone is doing well! @Molly78 I am surprised to hear that you are overdosing on caffeine. I consider myself to be an advanced caffeine addict. I typically drink 4-5 cups of black coffee each day plus on average 6 diet cokes. I'll even have a diet coke right before bed and sleep like a baby. I have to tell you that detox sounds like hell but glad you are handling it so well. I know that if I don't have coffee or a diet coke within 1 hour of waking up I get a headache that just won't quit.
@MJM congrats on the sober time! You are doing great. Trying not to drink is challenging on it's own, but with you dealing with a spouse with a similar issue I can't imagine the difficulty. That makes your sober time that much more special!
@Otter I agree with you wholeheartedly about the medical community not recognizing or taking advantage of baclofen as a treatment for alcoholism. I was the first baclofen patient for my psychiatrist (I was already indifferent when I went to her) and it took a lot to convince her that I had found a treatment that worked. I went to her with the sole intent of getting a prescription and she later told me that all of her peers thought she was crazy for prescribing me baclofen and supporting my treatment. Even after she saw me for over a year and knew that it worked, she still told me that she would not be adding it to her treatment plans for other patients. The entire medical community is so ingrained in AA that it's sickening. If alcoholism is truly a "disease"than how in the world does asking people to forgive you and going to meetings act as treatment? Imagine telling a cancer patient that all they need to do is the 12 steps to get well! A disease needs to be treated medically and from a pharmaceutical perspective. I pray that eventually this fact will catch on.
On a semi-related point, my friends and I were tossing around some hypothetical the other day and the question posed was why are different diseases treated totally differently by the medical community and the government. As an example, heroin addicts can go to a methadone clinic and get treated for free. Why isn't that the same for diabetes or cancer? Makes you think......
As for me, all is well and I am content. Settling into the new job. I don't make as much as I did before, in fact quite a bit less but there is a nice upside for commission which I plan to take advantage of. The worst part is that my company does not offer health insurance so we have been paying for a very basic family plan out of pocket that only covers doctor visits and generic prescriptions (still costs me $600 per month). The great news on this is that my wife, who works retail found out that she is being promoted into a manager role in two weeks so she will go to full-time status and be able to get company benefits whic his simply awesome for us. As far as my taper goes, thanks to some awesome people on this forum that have sent me extra bac, I have gone slowly and am now down to 130 per day from 240. I've been at this level for a few weeks now and will start to go down again next week. Surprisingly, I still have no urge to drink.