Good morning Ishtar, thank you for your reply. :)In 1994, I got a DUI. The Navy decided this meant I was an alcoholic (instead of realizing that I was going through a divorce and had mental health problems, so the drinking was self-medication).Part of what I had to do included going to a certain number of AA meetings (as well as what they called Level 2 - outpatient - rehab).Court (or in your case, Military) mandated participation isn't always appropriate. I have only heard in vague terms a few people going through such programs. Right now, one of the kids I know is in jail and is being considered for release (on parole?) to a court-mandated long-term inpatient drug treatment program. She wants this as she has struggled with drug addiction issues for a few years and she has been in and out of rehab for the last 1-2 years. In her case, it is something all of us feel is appropriate and necessary.What I found was a bunch of people replacing their alcohol addiction with food, caffeine and/or cigarettes. Like any other group, some people had really good insight into their problems and many more others were just going through the motions.I have heard the same and I've noticed the same in the few meetings I've been to in the past.I know for many people, it becomes a supportive environment, but for me. . . I don't do well with groups to begin with. There's no way I was really going to open up in the environments I observed. And yes, I tried different groups throughout the area I was in.Here in NYC, there are a lot of different meetings for bigger groups like AA, NA, etc. I am just beginning to get information about DA, CoDA, etc. There are fewer groups locally for these, but I am glad at least they are here. I am not always comfortable in groups, but if it gets me in the right direction, I want to give it the effort.In recent months, I feel like I am hitting rock bottom. I have been getting very depressed about my environmental issues and I want some structure. I am declining significantly. Getting depressed and angry again. Some of my anxiety is coming back again, too. I don't like the way I feel.A small bit of good news is I just got a call yesterday and confirmed that I will be in one of the local facilitated NAMI support groups (a 10-week workshop) and I am considering additional other services and groups there, at least to feel like I am viable in some fashion.I am struggling to cope at this point. Not sure if 12-step programs will help, but I think trying to get some scheduled activities and something functional will at least give me the idea that I am doing something relevant.Lois Carmen D.
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