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Hibee
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   Posted 12/7/2009 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All
 
I went to an early xmas get together at a friends house yesterday were ther was 11 people some who I new and some who I did not know.   I have had a rough couple of months and have not been socialising as my anxiety has been high and I have been avoiding situations were I woulkd be likely to drink alcohol (it has been about 3 and half mounths since I last had a drink).  I decided to accept the invite and went along and managed to get through without any alcohol and staid as long as I could which I think is a big positive for me and although a little step this is something I need to do more often.  I was the first to leave but glad I had made that step and gone.
 
Ben

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   Posted 12/7/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Ben,

Celebrate your success. :-) turn :-) !!! I am so proud of you and remember it takes time and babysteps but look at what you have accomplished.



Sending you bigs Hugs !



Kitt

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   Posted 12/7/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Good for you Ben! Thats a great way to prove that anxiety and alchohol no longer have control over you. As they always say "baby steps".

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   Posted 12/7/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ben!
I'm glad to hear you went to the party, it is hard to be around people who are unfamiliar, especially when trying to work through high levels of anxiety and "keeping it together" - the holidays certainly make it tougher in many aspects! It sounds like you aren't letting your anxiety hold you back, which is great! This time of year is always the toughest for me, I know I just want to hole up until the sun comes back, but sometimes just getting out there helps to keep me moving. Congrats on sticking to your no-alcohol plan!! You're doing great!
~Dixi

Hibee
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   Posted 12/7/2009 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi

Thanks for your post guy's

Ben

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   Posted 12/7/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
That is great Ben and no drinking, that is hard when you are in a group of people who are.  Baby steps forward are better than no steps at all, ot backward.  Try getting out again soon, just test the waters.  You should be proud of yourself..............we are!
 
Gem

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   Posted 12/8/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Gem

You are right it is hard to avoid alcohol when every one elese is drinking and I found that really hard but glad I made it through.  My anxiety level was high but I managed to stick it as long as I could which is somthing I learned through CBT.

 

Thanks again

 

Ben


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   Posted Yesterday 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Ben, that is wonderful news.

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   Posted Yesterday 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Ben...kudos ...be proud of self you DESERVE it....i am so happy for you...lyn
                          
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Hibee
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   Posted Yesterday 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Lyn & Georgie Girl

Thank you,  Its the little break I needed to make me feel a bit more posative about things and will keep making those steps.  I made a list the other day which has 20 goals I want to acheive which I will tick off as I acheive them.  I have been seeing a new phychiatrist which I am getting on with really well and seem to off hit a good combo of medication.

Thanks again to all who replyd

Ben


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   Posted Today 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Congrats Ben :)

Coming from a huge family of alcoholics, I know how hard it is to just say no and not let the alcohol dictate whom you are.

Happy Holidays to you!

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   Posted 12/16/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Keep us posted k ...lyn

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   Posted 12/16/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats to you.

It is wonderful to hear some good news. You should be very proud. You have made a huge accomplishment.

Best of luck to you and continued success in your battles...kitkat
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