Post Edited (Green Grove) : 12/29/2008 10:03:41 PM (GMT-7)
Ben you already know that using something like alcohol to take the edge off your anxiety is a short term fix, which leads to a deeper problem in the end. I dont drink, but most of my friends do. I manage to have fun without alcohol and im sure you can too. what you need to work out is the root cause of the anxiety and ways in which you can better manage it. do you see a therapist or counsellor?
Good luck Ben, keep us posted,
love Maz XX
I totally believe you can get through this Ben. just avoid situations that tempt you to drink, and remember that alcohol is a depressant, so its certainly not going to boost your mood. So glad you are looking into CBT when you get back- i hope you can enjoy the rest of your trip and that your anxiety eases- its unfair to feel so bad, so often isnt it?
take care and hang in there,
I have an addictive nature and I knew I had to quit drinking if I was going to be able to raise my children and not end up a functional alocoholic like my stepmother. I spent a year partying and neglecting my responsibilities but when I had my youngest son I stopped drinking alocohol INXS :) as well as smoking.
I did do diet pills prescribed by my physician and easily was hooked on them. Again I went cold turkey as I new I was begiinning to fixate on whether the Dr. would keep giving them to me..............so I quit.
I drink diet coke now and I really don't worry about the caffeine as it is certainly less dangerous then the other things I had wanted.
I believe in you and you can enjoy yourself without the alcohol. Try to go outside and take a walk around when you start to feel anxious. Stay away from the heavy drinkers.
Let your mind be filled with the beauty and the pleasure of what you see when you look aroud you.
I am sorry you have other problems.
Bless you Ben.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Post Edited (stkitt) : 12/30/2008 2:18:13 PM (GMT-7)