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Hello, I'm Paul and I've come to the realization that I am an alcoholic. When I start drinking, I cannot stop, despite how many times I tell myself I'm only going out for just a couple. I've lost that battle 99 out of 100 times. I've tried to set boundaries on my drinking like never drink alone, and not before 3pm but several times found myself drinking alone well before 3pm. When I'm not drinking, I feel fidgety, contentious and anxious which eventually leads me back to the bottle. After grappling with alcohol for over a decade and a summer from hell in 2014, I decided on September 7th, I HAVE to stop drinking. The Recovery Elevator Podcast is a medium to help keep me sober in addition to helping other struggling alcoholics quit drinking and maintain a healthy recovery. Don't make the same mistakes I did in early recovery. Hear from guests who are successfully navigating early sobriety. It won't be easy, but you can do this.
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RE 118: The Black Dog
6 days ago
Steph, with 6 months since her last drink, shares her story Café RE is now on a waitlist to join. Once the list gets to approximately 30-40 people, another group will be formed. To be placed on the waitlist, go to www.recoveryelevator.com and click on the Café RE tab at the top of the page. Enter the promo code RE1month to join. It is often said that our HP will not give us more than we can handle. For the last 8-10 months, Paul has been suffering from depression. Around this time, he received a link from his brother about the black dog aka depression (www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiCrniLQGYc). God shout out? The video basically describes how depression creeps up on you whenever it wants to. It is very exhausting trying to keep the symptoms of depression hidden from others. Depression is like losing all of the joy in your life. Your addiction can start talking to you and may say that 1 drink may help. But this is only temporary. Drinking will not help! SHOW NOTES [9:00] Paul Introduces Steph. Steph – I am 6 months sober and feeling great! I am 46 years old, married and have 2 daughters. I currently live in Canada and enjoy cooking and gardening. [9:25] When did you first realize that you had a problem? Steph – I have known that I had a drinking problem for the last 25 years. I would drink and drive, blackout, etc. and went to a few AA meetings in my early 20’s. I was sober for 3 years. I do not think that I was ready to give it up entirely yet and started drinking again. My drinking started out slow but steadily got worse. I worked in bars and surrounded myself with other drinkers. After I had my children, I tried to moderate but would still drink to get through the stress of parenting. [15:53] What was it like to start drinking again after taking some time off? Steph – After my pregnancies, my drinking very rapidly increased. I reached a point where I was physically addicted and had to drink to keep the symptoms of withdrawal away. If I did not drink, I would get severe anxiety. [18:35] Did you have a rock bottom m
Rated 5 out of
An awesome resource
Thanks so much for your work on this podcast Paul. It has been a key part of my recovery tool kit! Keep up the awesome work
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of
Thanks for sharing
Stay sober Paul and be sure to tell us how you managed to do it.
Date published: 2015-03-11