CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You should be very proud of yourself, not only for quitting drinking, which is huge in itself, but also for accepting that you were trying to run from the panic and now you are facing it head on...that takes great strength and courage!!! AMAZING!!!
I like this thread you started too. It is good to talk about the good things we are doing in our lives. Last fall I fell into a major setback, probably the worst I've ever had, and it really took a toll on me. It did prompt me to get back on meds and find another therapist, who is the best and I've been working through alot of issues that have kept me wrapped in anxiety for years. I've never had therapy like this. I feel like all the other therapists just tried to put a band-aid on a gushing wound...in other words, stop the anxiety, but not figure out why I have it. Now I'm really looking at problems and working through them and the relief is fantastic. I'm feeling good, getting out again and just happy. It's amazing how nice it is just to be happy. I know I've got alot of work ahead of me, and that the setbacks will always be lurking, but I feel so much stronger and able to work through them now.
You keep up the amazing work Twiggy!