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Replied By: sarah122106 on Dec 15, 2014, 7:03PM - In reply to samantha4321
I like to say that my home group is the best. They will piss me off but they have taught to love them any ways. Triple A, Double BS best group in the whole world. And love the frozen turkey. I know of  a guy whose bottom was a cast iron frying pan which his 4 foot 3 inches wife was holding. Sarah Hansen
 
Replied By: sarah122106 on Dec 15, 2014, 6:58PM - In reply to amandavalo
Hey kitty cat, I am Sarah and I have been where you are at. Things will get better but you and only you have to want it. Sobriety. You may think that you aren't worth it, that it will be okay tomorrow or that the world would be better off but you got to listen to that quiet still voice in your head. Listen to it and it will guide you. Yes people in those meetings are crazy but they will help you understand who you are. They will love you until you love yourself. Call hotlines, go to the er, call a sober friend, your mother your father, your favorite aunt. There is someone in your own life that you know you can trust.. And you know who they are so call, take a cab, take a bus, call the damn cops for a ride. Get help Honey. Peace and blessings. Sarah Hansen
 
Replied By: chas2434 on Dec 3, 2014, 10:12AM
My daughter is in her first year high school and of course that's a big step in all teenagers lives. She just turned 14. I have learned recently that she has a few friends that are "cutting". I haven't discovered that she has yet but I'm afraid that she is. I know that it is also a form of addiction and I know exactly how powerful addiction is. I don't want to say the wrong thing to her because if she is "cutting" I realize it could cause her to go deeper into the addiction. Has anyone else dealt with this personally whether it have been yourself or your child. I'm not one to judge because I have dealt with my own addiction demons and lost my husband earlier this year's to his addiction. I just need advice on how to talk to her and help her so she can get better. Thanks for any advice.
 
Replied By: amandavalo on Dec 1, 2014, 10:15PM - In reply to amandavalo
i wake up....and the split second my mind comes into reality its actually painful and i cant function. i need a beer and a joint and a half a speed right away to start the day. one without the other is not good but better than nothing. i need all 3 to function blissfully they fuel eachother. its not ok its bad for me its killing me and for a 25yr old it scares me knowing how long i have been doing this all day everyday. and this is an impprovement of previous years. i am a walking corpse i only keep myself alive ebcause i could never hurt my father that way i have hurt everyone enough and thats y i lie soooo much now and my entire life is a lie. i hate myself. but i love my family and my cats and i live for them. i havent given up though i want to love life i want to fix this i just feel hopeless because i tried and tried and i need real help. i cant go on like this much longer PLEASE DR PHIL PLEEEEEASE I NEEED YOUR HELP!!!!
 
Replied By: mellis18176 on Nov 30, 2014, 6:40PM
Dr. Phil,  I am very close to suicide right now!  I am so afraid to leave my family.  Please help me ASAP!  I'm begging you !
 
Replied By: xps124 on Nov 28, 2014, 12:22PM
My widower father has been in a "relationship" with a seriously addicted 26-year-old.  He has bailed her out of jail, taken her to get drugs, housed her, fed her, etc.  Family and friends have tried to talk to him about it, but he either lies and says he is not with her anymore or he tells us to butt out.  We fear he will lose all of his money and assets, or end up in jail himself or dead.  Anyone have experience with this type of issue?  Helpful advice is appreciated.  


Thanks.
 
Replied By: tundra123 on Nov 27, 2014, 2:44PM
Last year I found out my spouse of 6 years had been using meth. for many years. We were working on that. Soon after, although he drinks socially, I started finding stashes of vodka bottles. Most recently, I found a flash drive full of XXX videos, and he fessed up to more. So, is he just an addictive person? Or, are these all separate addicitons.  I asked that he go to therapy and he said yes. But, can he be helped? He is 65 years old and has been doing this for a long time.  I would like to know if others have experienced such events. I am very worried as to what I am going to find out next. The most amazing thing is that I had no clue of any of these things before we married. I am bummed.
 
Replied By: samantha4321 on Nov 25, 2014, 2:43AM
I read so many of the posts. I wash shocked that many did not state the obvious. Go to a meeting,  the 12 steps work,  they are crucial to getting sober and staying sober. One man said not any two addicts or stories are the same as they are all different people.  I am a recovering alcoholic, and I say recovering because instill never be recovered. I have today, only today, it may have lasted  14 years but today is all I have. When I first walked in the doors of AA I was  judgmental, as if I was too good, too educated, from a good supportive loving family, and what could impossibly have in common with these people? Why would I ever want to associate with them. Well guess what I was them, I was no different, my story may have taken place in the penthouse and never the park bench but I was a  drunk and no better than one person. So those people they are my family, they keep me sober, they remind me what it was like, they held  my hand, baby sat me when I needed to not run for a drink, and I had a relapse in early sobriety and scared to show my face. Well it was those people that welcomed me back and loved me all the way and never gave up on me. As I would never give up on a fellow aa member.  If you want it badly enough  and as one woman said rehab had no space for her, not everyone can go to rehab or afford it. I was fortunate and I was the type that needed the 30 days away from it all to succeed. But I asked to go to rehab I was at my rock bottom. And the gentleman than seemed to make fun of the rock bottom. In deed we all need to hit our own personal rock bottom to decide what we want. My dear friend who passed had 39 years he was like a father to me. He always told the same story about a woman. She came to as and said it was thanks giving and she was cooking, and drunk as usual and forgot to defrost her turkey and turn on the oven. That was her rock bottom. May seem silly but for her that was the end and she came to aa and got sober. You don't need to be kissing the payment praying to g-d to not allow you to overdose and die to come into aa you just need the willingness, amd to honestly let go of what you think. As I was told take the cotton out of your ears and put them in your mouth. Aa , the 12 steps, and the wonderful colorful people I call family saved my life as I was stubborn and when I decided to listen and take the advise and work the steps it was then I became as they say happy joyass and free. So those of you that are going through with seals, go to a meetimg, call a hotline, log on to the internet and attend a meetimg that way. There is help. You are never alone.
 
Replied By: crystal130 on Nov 20, 2014, 1:01AM - In reply to squeekarose
Thank you for the comment..... yes its been a journey but one im thankful for cause i wouldnt no how strong i am without it,. Yes yiur right most people cant get past the withdrawels to evrn start a program.... i used suboxon for 2 years to help get pass my withdrawals and now im off all of it pain killers, xanax and suboxon. ......im not saying i may or will never have a relaspe but if im having one of hose days i remind myself what the withdrawal process is and it makes me not want to use..., thank you again for you interest in my blog
 
Replied By: aintnofoolnomo on Nov 18, 2014, 12:04PM
When addiction came to visit my family, I fell apart.  I was frightened and ashamed that the disease tore our home and our relationships apart and I thought it was my job to "fix" the problem.  Trying to fix the disease of addiction is a 24/7 job and not one for mortals; that's why so many turn to a power greater than themselves, known as a "higher power."

When I became exhausted from the stress of trying to be someone else's Higher Power, I finally went in search of my own program and that's when I found Nar-Anon Family Groups (www.nar-anon.org) and started learning how to survive the collateral damage and my role in it.

Nar-Anon is for the friends and families of addicts and we learn how to work our own program of recovery; it has been a life saver for me.
 
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