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Lady V
Sorry I have not been around for a while. Been very ill but the doctors did not kill me this time. Growing old really sucks!!
Getting off the pain drugs can be a very real problem. Just have to go until it wares off feel much better now. Then had to reorganize my stock portfilio the market is insane!!
I see you have a lot of new friends. All have good suggestions to be considered. You and I share a common direction our own way. I'm not here to preach the good preach (to quote the lady v ) But I will relate a short story.
I tried the AA program for a couple of months and found I had very little in common with the people in several clubs. Being a functional alcholic I had kept a good job, had no DUI's, never been in jail, and most of my friends never knew there was a problem. But there was a serious problem. So I just could not relate to the continual stories at the AA meetings. I thought now what am I going to for support system? Then it dawned on me that I WAS THE SUPPORT SYSTEM. With the information from AA it was up to me to solve this problem. Sure I slipped and stumbeled a few times but I was able to look at each one and understand why. That is where the new begining came from. After 16 years of being sober I guess it worked for me. The whole point of this is to look at what help is available and decide which one best suits your needs. This may mean trying several different methods to find the one best suited to you and that one will work for you. But (allways the but) it is YOU that must provide THE WILL POWER TO STOP DRINKING.
Well it is late now and I must have my beauty sleep.

I see a lot of independance in you and that is the kind of person that usually makes it to the sober world. So says my shrink. Be happy
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