I made it 1-Year!

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   Posted 9/3/2011 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
1-yr ago I had hit rock-bottom,  Police took to the ER, where they put me on a lockdown. Was there for a couple weeks, Outpatient Treatment Program for 6-months. Today is my 1-Yr SOBRIETY BIRTHDAY.

I know that my family & myself thought, if I detoxed with the help of Professionals everything would be completely fixed! However, after being sober for 6-months, I then learned how messed up mentally I really was. My mental Health issues were finally noticed and addressed for the first time in 46-years. Thank you to my Psychiatrist & Friendz for staying by my side through this difficult year.

Still see Psych Dr. weekly/biweekly, diagnosed 7-months ago for Bipolar 2, Borderline, Panic-Anxiety Disorder & Ptsd.

"God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference!

Your Healingwell Friend,

Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 9/3/2011 4:53:39 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/3/2011 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Serenitee, yours is a classic story of healing well from
a calamity. Every Labor Day holiday you may say to yourself, "I'm one of the ones who overcame the tragedy of bipolar illness and regained the giftedness of the illness." No one knows more than you do how much work is involved in recovery from the illness.

Alcohol is used to relieve the depression; ironically, it makes the illness worse; so does caffeine. I feel sure your doctors have warned you to omit alcohol from you life forever and to omit caffeine, as well. They are both harmful to the brain. Please read ruthwhalen.comcaffeine to get a stronger glimpse of the detrimental results of using caffeine in any form, whether coffee, tea, chocolate, or anything else containing caffeine, particularly for people who may have a sensitivity to caffeine or an allergy to it.  (The symptoms of an allergy to caffeine are not the standard ones that we usually associate with allergy--sneezing, etc. ). Both alcohol and caffeine are addictive, as you learned in recovery.

I can't tell you how important your thread is today for all those who have been the victims of self-medicating with alcohol and caffeine who
really need to do what you have done successfully: see a psychiatrist,
get a proper diagnosis for the negative depths of feeling and take the proper chemical stabilizer (called a mood stabilizer) to recover and
remain stable for the rest of your life. Your story is exciting and one that I hope all our readers will listen to earnestly.

Again, congratulations. Please use your recovery now to help others  who come to this  forum and are reaching out for help. You know well how to respond to them with your advice.

Thanks for this great post.

Take care and come back very soon.

It's Genetic

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 9/3/2011 4:50:58 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/3/2011 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Serenitee,

We all are very proud of you. It is a long difficult road sometimes, but it is worth it. I am so happy that you have come so far. It is so hard when we are down so low that we don't care anymore. But you have come a long way out of the deep dark hole of depression. You have been on a healing journey that has brought you here. Now you can look back and see how far you came and be so proud of yourself for all of the hard work. Again, congratulations. You have come a long way...

Very proud of you!!!

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 9/3/2011 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
CONGRATS MATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JAMIE

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