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I am feeling overwhelmed at how many odd posters have suddenly turned up at once and I am not sure who is genuine and who is what we would call a doppel or a troll,

Most alcoholics like myself are very sensitive, self-centered people who always assume that others are talking about them. I hope that I am not causing any problems by posting here and can assure you V that I am genuine in my concern. I'm also struggling with life without a way to make everything go away. Brendan has a lot of good advice about living sober and I've experienced some of the same feelings in the past. I was in AA for 4 1/2 years, worked the steps with a sponsor, and had lots of fun and made great friends. However, there came a point when I couldn't admit to myself anymore that I was powerless over alcohol and even harder was to try to swallow that my life was no longer manageable. I remember talking to my sponsor about this and he just laughed and said that I should do what the big book said, and try some controlled drinking. I was scared as hell to "go back out" because of the fear of never being able to return. Needless to say, I did go back out and it only took about 10 years of drinking more and more to seek help. Sorry for such a long post, I could go on and on for days. I'd be glad to tell you more if you're interested, but I really want you to believe that we're both fighting the same battle. 57 days now and life's still crazy, but a little better.

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