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Old 09-01-2006, 08:26 AM   #61
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I'm very happy to report that my friend is out of detox, has done very well, and has officially sworn off drinking any alcoholic beverages!! He says that he's completely dried out now.

He told he last night when I finally saw him, that he no longer has the desire to touch another drink that contains any alcohol ever again! He has a much newer, better and brighter outlook about things, has decide to make a complete 360-degree turnaround / come around, and he has thanked me wholeheartedly for standing behind him and giving him the encouragement and support to kick his drinking habit. In fact, he just can't stop thanking me enough. I told him that I'm very proud of him and his achievments so far!!

I mentioned to him that the road ahead may be his toughest test of all. But he seems to be clear about one thing. That he doesn't ever want to go back to the way that he's been!! And so far, he hasn't touched any alcohol since he's been out! I'm going with him to an AA meeting tonight. I also told him that his expreience can help others who may be drowning in the sea of alcohol like he was.

He wants to work through the program that he's in so that he can clear his name of any glitches with the law. I'm still there for him and will continue to
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Let's all hope that he continues on the straight and narrow! He's a real trooper now!!


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Old 09-05-2006, 11:40 PM   #62
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It's now day 6 since my friend Daquan was released from the detox center, and he STILL hasn't touch any alcohol!!!

I'm very proud of him. I praised him immensely for his efforts. He's been holding his own so far!!


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Old 09-06-2006, 08:09 PM   #63
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That's good news Corey - really good news!!!
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Old 09-07-2006, 12:03 AM   #64
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Thank you so much!!

My efforts to work with him and help him stay on the right track really seems to be paying off big time!! My guess is that he's tired of being restricted because he can't get decent housing or a job, and wants to get through the community work program to try to clear his record and his name.

I'm going to, and will continue to show some love, guidance and support for him all the way!!


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Old 09-07-2006, 04:35 AM   #65
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Tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine are great friends of mine.

But I want quality, and I do my best to limit my intake. That way they stay friends. No abstinence for me!

Tobacco: only cigars, usually good quality (Cuban) and only 3 times a week or so.

Wine: no cheap wine, only a meals, and usually no more than half a bottle. Recently went a week without wine and am not a slave to it.

Coffee: 3-4 strong espresso coffees a day.

I realize that some people can't handle moderation, but I can. I will not criticize the abstainers, but certainly won't accept their criticism of my lifestyle!

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Old 09-07-2006, 07:50 AM   #66
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I DO still drink, but only in moderation, since it can have an adverse affect on diabetics. Alcohol has absolutely no nutritional value at all, and has tons of sugar at times, depending on the amount of percentage by volume.

But I don't smoke or chew tobaco of ANY kind, nor do I do any recrational drugs. Only those that are prescribed by my doctor.

I pretty much live on a healthier diet and lifestyle now, and since my friend
Daquan has stopped drinking, he's now eating more, which is good, and he has pushed aside most of the junk food that he's been eating. He drinks lots and lots of water, has introduced healthier foods into his diet and lifestyle and he basically pretty much feels good about himself all over, now that there are no traces of alcohol in his system!!

I can't even BEGIN to tell you that I'm so impressed at the truly amazing progress that he's made from where he seemed headed a little over two weeks ago!! He no longer gets sick to the point where he would puke his brains out, and he is able to keep food down in his stomach, has a much more positive outlook on life as a whole!! I truly commend him for the stunning 360-degree turn-around that he's made!!!

And I STILL will be there for him to support and encourage him. He also tells me that if we had not met, that he probably STILL would have been drinking his life away and might not have made this drastic change without someone caring and
supporting him.

That makes me fell so good inside that I'm able to help him get out of the dangerous lifestyle that eventually would have killed him, that he was in and saved him from the many dangers associated with drinking to excess!!!

And now, to try to convince him that cigarette smoking is also dangerous. He knows it is, and I hope that he'll stop doing that soon, as well.


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About trying to get him to stop smoking - he just may whack you over the head with the closest object! lol j/k I'm glad he's eating so well! He's got to feel so much better!
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Old 09-07-2006, 05:12 PM   #68
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one vice at a time, Corey. I'm still struggling with the ciggie thing, and it's a b*tch. Might even be worse than the booze.
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alcoholic

I myself am a recovering alcoholic. I have been dry for 20 years. There is NOTHING you can do to get him to stop drinking. He has to have the want to. Just continue to be there for him when he needs you and DO NOT BE AN ENABLER. Why don't you yourself go to AA and find out all you can and become well informed. That way you will be able to help him even more. JUST BE THERE.
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Are you, a family member or a dear friend that you have, an alcoholic? Do you know how to get help for that person, or do you have any suggestions on how to help someone who is an alocoholic?

I have a dear friend whom I met in May who is an alcoholic. He loves to drink on weekends, and this past weekend, he drank to excess. He mainly drinks shots of vodka and beer I felt at the time when I first met him, that he was reaching out for help and that he didn't know who to turn to. I STILL feel that way.

He told me that he wants me to be his mentor, and I told him that I'd be very happy to. Oh, his girlfriend is also an alcoholic! He IS in a program during the week which helps him stay clean (no alcohol in his urine). He also told me that I'm the best friend that he's ever had.

He told me that his alcoholism goes back to when he was at home with his siblings and parents and he was rejected by them all. I really want to help him get over this, and I've been trying so hard, but I can only do so much. Hopefully, he'll at least slow down soon and ween himself off of it, but I want him to be in good health.

I know what alcohol can do to some people. I lost one of my brothers to alcoholism and diabetes, and I don't want to lose my friend to anything tragic. Any suggestions?


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I quit drinking about 20 years ago and I quit smoking about 8 months ago. Between the 2, quit smoking was by far the hardest of all. I have gained a lot of weight etc etc but I WILL NOT GIVE INTO SOMETHING SO STUPID AS A PIECE OF PAPER WRAPPED AROUND SOME TABACCO. I have more control over my life that. Now all I gotta do is lose the weight. Thats got to be really easy as compared to the other 2.
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one vice at a time, Corey. I'm still struggling with the ciggie thing, and it's a b*tch. Might even be worse than the booze.

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