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Simply Red 02:58 PM 08-20-2019
Guys,

I have to confess, I'm a huge alcoholic and always have been, I've been sober in increments of 5 years and one other time for ten years. I recently reflected on how much I have been/was consuming. I'm completely through this time. I just can't do it anymore. I'll be honest - after this last time, I'm lucky to even be here right now.

I love you guys and promise to each of you, this is the new beginning to my life and I'm completely done with drinking.

Thanks for the ear. If anyone else is struggling. Please feel free to chime in if you wish.

Thanks for being my friend you guys
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Hog's Gone Fishin 09:12 PM 08-20-2019
Originally Posted by burt:
Red, Earlier this month, things just weren't right. I was tired all the time. Then I got dizzy spells. Had a few at work and they told me to go to the ER. Turns out my Blood Pressure meds were too high and a bad mix...I was dehydrated so bad I had kidney problems...and heart issues. Long story short I have 7 blockages in my arteries...40% up to the two 70% and one 75% I am too far gone to be eligible for stints. IF I don't reverse the blockage, the only way is bypass. Eating bad, smoking and drinking like a fish all contributed to this.

I haven't smoked since the 3rd, nor drank. I am on a heart healthy diet. You are making a great decision unless you want to be 58, in a hospital for 7 days and wondering if you're gonna have to have your chest opened. I am dealing with withdrawal of nicotine AND alcohol. But I sure don't want my chest cracked open.

When they asked me how much I drank, I said, "About a gallon a week." Of what they asked. "Tequila".

Let's you and me live a lot longer and fight the good fight. I am here if you want an ear. I will be going through the same things you will. Hell, I already am. But let's do it and live a lot longer!

Burt, I've been on a formula I heard will clean your arteries. My heart doctor said I'm getting a little blockage in the caratoid so I hit the internet looking for a cure. But anyway:

I take 3 lemons and skin them with a knife leaving the white skin on , 15 cloves of garlic and pulverize it like in a magic bullet. Mix it into half a gallon of water.

Heat it to where it almost boils but don't let it boil. Let it simmer 7 minutes. Take it off and let it cool to room temp then strain it into a glass container. Put in the fridge overnight.

Drink 8 oz first thing every morning on an empty stomach. Do this for 30 days take a week off and 30 days more. It might take 6 months to a year but this internet Doctor says it will. Who knows.

I asked my heart doctor about it and he just smiled and said if you think it makes you feel better go ahead.
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Fish 09:18 PM 08-20-2019
Hey SR,

I'm really glad to hear about your progress. You've motivated me. Keep it up.
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Strongside 09:24 PM 08-20-2019
Good for you for deciding to make a change, man. Itís not easy, as you know. Itís a daily battle and will be for the rest of your life.

I recently saw an interview where someone likened alcoholism to a boxing match. Every day you wake up, ducking, dodging and evading the punches - and if you arenít careful, your opponent will knock you right back onto your ass. The goal is to lay your head down that night and be able to say ďI won today.Ē

Hereís hoping every day moving forward is a win for you.
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LiveSteam 09:27 PM 08-20-2019
Gods speed
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carcosa 09:28 PM 08-20-2019
Originally Posted by Simply Red:
Guys,

I have to confess, I'm a huge alcoholic and always have been, I've been sober in increments of 5 years and one other time for ten years. I recently reflected on how much I have been/was consuming. I'm completely through this time. I just can't do it anymore. I'll be honest - after this last time, I'm lucky to even be here right now.

I love you guys and promise to each of you, this is the new beginning to my life and I'm completely done with drinking.

Thanks for the ear. If anyone else is struggling. Please feel free to chime in if you wish.

Thanks for being my friend you guys
I support you, pal!
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Monty 09:41 PM 08-20-2019
Hey, as you can see, we all love you and support you. You can do this!! Mrs. Monty is a damn good counselor, so if you need more help and support, just ask.
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Fat Elvis 09:42 PM 08-20-2019
Best of luck to you.

Just take it one day at a time.

You got this.
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Mahomes_Is_God 12:39 AM 08-21-2019
I'm workin on quitting. I drink every single night, starting at about 12:40 AM. Been doing it for years now (at different times, haven't always worked these hours). I don't wanna quit for physical health reasons. I'm 31 and have a lot of gas in the tank, but I get angry and say mean terrible shit every once in a great while, so I'm workin on it. Didn't drink any alcohol the night before last and I was awake all night. Even took sleeping pills but was wide awake until I had to go to work again. Can't seem to sleep without the drink, that's the shittiest thing for me.
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McKinneyMike 03:46 AM 08-21-2019
Originally Posted by Simply Red:
Guys,

I have to confess, I'm a huge alcoholic and always have been, I've been sober in increments of 5 years and one other time for ten years. I recently reflected on how much I have been/was consuming. I'm completely through this time. I just can't do it anymore. I'll be honest - after this last time, I'm lucky to even be here right now.
I am new around here, but I finally hit bottom on the evening of December 12, 1993. Once I truly admitted I was powerless over that first drink, I started to change with the help of a great AA group. Be open, be honest and become humble. It is the best lesson I ever learned. By the Grace of God and drunks in AA rooms I have not found it necessary to to take that first sip since. Find a AA group and find a sponsor. There are an army of drunks out there that can share their experience strength and hope with you. God's speed to you.
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Hoopsdoc 05:32 AM 08-21-2019
Good luck and best wishes, friend.
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Graystoke 06:35 AM 08-21-2019
Wishing you blessings and luck.
I have friends and family that have struggled with the beast of Alcohol.
Stay strong, connect with loved ones, choose situations wisely.
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Hog's Gone Fishin 06:54 AM 08-21-2019
Good Morning SR,

Make today a great day.

Hog
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OmahaChief 07:19 AM 08-21-2019
SR I only wish you the best in your journey to sobriety. I have lost a couple of people I love due this issue. Stay strong and may God bless you.
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bringbackmarty 07:23 AM 08-21-2019
Hang in there. Seek out some treatment soon, or at the very least - go to an AA meeting. Bear in mind if your physical addiction to alcohol is bad enough withdrawal can be dangerous.. Speaking from experience, days 4-8 will be the toughest.
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TambaBerry 07:25 AM 08-21-2019
i stopped drinking almost all together my struggle right now is smoking. I cant seem to quit it. glad for you though!
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