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Hi, I am john and an alcoholic. I took my first drink when I was 8. My dad got me drunk. I realized now that I was an alcoholic from birth. It is hereditary and I got it from my fathers genes. My heavy everyday drinking started when I was 17. I loved it. It gave me the courage to do things I would not ordinarily do...Like speak to a large group of people. I loved the feeling it gave me and I drank for 35 years of my 60 years. Just a little over 5 years ago I was diagnosed with a alcohol induced cardioapathy(weak hear) and would die in a short time.I now have a pacemaker that keeps me alive. I decided to get sober and stay sober. It was hard at first but I really wanted it. I was really beat up. I went to 140 AA meetings in 90 days and got firmly established in the program. I got two sponsors that have saved my life. I live by the 12 step program and now have a little over 5 years sober. I am actually happy now and have overcome my fears. I highly recommend this way to get sober. It worked for me.
Hello, my name is Sandra, I am a recovering alcaholic/addict (sober 18 years). I am also dealing with being bipolar,ptsd,panic disorder full-time. Iam on meds seroquel 300mg 3xday, lamictal 300 mg 1x day, ativan 3 times a day as needed, wellbutrin 300mg 1x daily.
I am in the process of taking care of my mother and boyfriend full time 24/7. This is a challenge and somedays are better the others. My priorities are still the same but have changed order. I have one last chance to make my ammends to my mother, and this is it, I promised myelf I was going to see this through to the end. I'd never be able to live with myself if I did not keep that promise. AA is where I found my soberiety. I have been to NA,CA meetings and even emotions anonymous it's just not the same as AA. I drank and drugged to kill the pain going on in my head. (coaine,percocets,qualudes,laquer thinner , huffing) By the time I detoxed and reached the doors of AA i was lucky to be able to complete a sentence. My first sponsor use to tell me to read 1 page of the big book a night,that's all my brain could deal with. MD Junction has given me an opportunity to help others and to help myself.bobo24
I am Bipolar 1 and an Addict and Alcoholic. It took me 13 years from the time I first knew that I had a problem with drugs and alcohol, to the time I finally stopped using and drinking. I have had continuous sobriety & clean time now since 1990. I was primarily a Teen addict, and I got clean at age 19 in 1982. I didn't regard alcohol as a problem and struggled with alcoholism for another 8 years before also getting sober. As an addict with Bipolar Disorder I tended to self-medicate the roller coaster of moods; using stimulants such as speed and cocaine during depressive periods, and downers and pot to calm myself during manic periods. Using Heroin was the devastating turning point for me to change my way of life. After I became clean & sober in 12-Step programs, I still had a lot of insanity going on despite working the Steps, having a Sponsor, doing service work and having a program. Because of that program I finally had the willingness to seek professional help and was Diagnosed BP1 a year later and began treatment and medications, which have dramatically changed my life. Still, medications are not a silver bullet and don't address all of my BP issues or cycles. I have found that a lot of lifestyle work, awareness, and stress management are a daily necessity along with my substance abuse recovery program.
Hello, my name is Sarah. My Bipolar II Disorder was not definitively diagnosed until 2005, when I was 47 years old. This is despite the fact that I had been treated for severe depression since childhood and had a significant family history of Bipolar, including related substance abuse problems and completed suicides. I have also been diagnosed with panic attacks and PTSD, and I am an alcoholic in recovery since March 21, 2007.
Once I was diagnosed with Bipolar, my alcohol history made sense. I had my first drink at age 14 and got completely plastered; in fact, that was my first blackout. I didn’t really didn’t start getting into trouble until I was in my early twenties and began using alcohol to manage my moods. I could go long periods of time without drinking. But even when I didn’t drink, it was always with me: the obsession. I am sober now, but I’ll never forget that there is a vulture on my headboard.
I have found MDJ to be a safe and welcoming place to give and receive support and encouragement. Please feel free to contact me.
I am a recovered alcoholic who also happens to have bipolar. The two combined have made life stressful at times and I understand what it's like to want to self medicate. I say "recovered" because I have not had a drink since March 26, 1984. But I know that the potential is still there to take that next drink if I do not pay attention to the things I know make for a sober lifestyle. I am very grateful to my Higher Power for having helped me stay sober and hope that I can be of assistance to others who may struggle with not taking that next drink. I live a sober life one day at a time and have many days to look forward to by the grace of God and the support of others.
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