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Where to begin?

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I’m a procrastinator. It’s actually a miracle I’m writing this article, but I owe my success with writing to the fact that I learned to get started with drinking less. Dealing with my drinking has helped me learn to figure out where to start with other things.

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The ‘hell no’ limit

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Louis CK has a skit on gaining weight where he talks about stepping on the scale and reaches a point where he finally has a reaction. After noticing his pants getting tight, and being vaguely aware of eating until he hates himself, he calls it the ‘hell no’ weight. Right up until you reach that…

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It Takes A Village

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“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   I didn’t want to join a…

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Inconvenient

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Addiction theory talks about the ‘anywhere, anytime, at any cost’ aspect of the problem behaviour. In fact, doing something despite the harmful consequences is one of the cornerstones of addiction diagnosis. However, one of the best tools to fight over-drinking habits is simply making it inconvenient.

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Unlearning

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I’m adding this article looking at how addiction happens in a learning environment, and that the process of getting addicted is pretty similar to a learning disorder where we use a single tool to cope with the challenges we face at the expense of learning alternative methods of coping. The reverse is true of moderation…

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Wine Intolerance

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Jeez! I read back through my blog the other day, and, hell’s bells I sure talk about going for walks a lot. No more walking blogs! Someone on one of the message boards the other day wrote a post about how she’d taken a short abstinence stretch and then gone out to restaurant and had…

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Drinking Dream

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Warning! Morbid Post Ahead. I don’t know if other recovered drinkers do this, but I do. Sometimes I tell myself, “If (fill in blank) happens, I’ll let myself drink again. Just once. One night. Then I’ll go back to not drinking.” The blank is usually a death.  For example: I tell myself, “If the cap’n…

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