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  1. Thank you everyone for your comments, thoughts and support. Still sober, a day at a time.
  2. Yeah true. As a friend told me 'doesn't matter how you got it, as long as you admit you have a problem'. I've had AUD for a long time and now been sober for a while. But it's a constant battle.
  3. Most medical professionals in psychiatry, like myself, use the term AUD and class it on a spectrum. It has largely been debated in psychiatry about it being a mental disorder or disease. Even nature vs nuture. Even the WHO were looking to declassify it as a disease. The medical model of disease is not set in stone as being the cause of 'alcoholism' or the now preferred term AUD.
  4. Not according to mental dianostics like DSM 5 and ICD 11.
  5. Alcoholism has now been more classed as a mental disorder by the DSM 5 (USA) and ICD-11 (UK). Science is more pointing in that direction now. But it will forever be debated. But AA don't see it that way and don't see it on a spectrum. But either way I am happy to be no longer involved with it and am going my own way.
  6. I'm not fully slating AA. It works for some but not for me. Tried it a few times. I'll keep to my SMART meetings and therapy. Has worked better for me so far. I hate using the terms 'alcoholic' and 'addict'. So stigmatising.
  7. Thank you for an amazing reply. I too found AA a bit cult like and too much 'you need to do this or you will fail' but no evidence to back up what they are saying. I personally don't believe in the disease model and they didn't like that one bit. But yeah it can be a big struggle but hear I am still sober. The nostalgia part is the hardest and giving up that party lifestyle. But i have so much to give and don't want to waste my life being drunk. Surely that is worth fighting for 😀
  8. Maybe i do make the mistake of still going to bars etc...I don't want to turn unsociable but maybe a break for awhile would do me good. I just wish this wasn't happening to me...yes i know pity party lol. Life can deal you a hard hand sometimes.
  9. Yeah i know that is the addiction talking to me. Robin Williams described it best when he said it is like a sleeping beast but it likes to nudge you now and again to get you to waken it. I am going to discuss what I have today to my therapist and my peer support group that i am going to be joining this week. Nervous but sure it will be good. Getting treatment for my mental state too.
  10. Thank you for such an amazing reply. Well i do want to write more and get fitter. I also need to work on my confidence as i always used alcohol for it.
  11. Well done on fighting your demons. I have a lot to work through but need to do it, not only for me, but my daughter too.
  12. Thank you for your words of support and well done on reaching recovery yourself.
  13. I think one of the hardest things is saying goodbye to that part of my life e.g. the crazy nights out, parties. But my mind is very selective and only remembers the good and fun parts! Doesn't remember the arguments, fights, embarrassing moments etc...the list of bad things is endless!
  14. Thank you for your advice. I need to change a lot of things at the moment.
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