***Submitted by Anonymous
Hello and thank you for this honest helpful site.
After 16 days l have been very grateful to read the stories of women who seem very much like me.
I am 53, a mom, wife and teacher. I don't know if I am a true alcoholic or not ...
I do know it was interfering with my daily life and I feel better each day.
I have never had a honest conversation about this.
I think l was so busy trying to hide it and pretend that my drinking was normal.
I just returned from a getaway with girlfriends where drinking was the focal point for many. I was very worried but went in with a plan and was successful :)
At one point l had a shooter put up to my lips and had a group chanting my name. I was very polite and handled it....but l think the 'jig is up'.
I need tips on how to handle these social situations without drawing attention to this change l have made.
I never realized what an alcohol centered world I live in.
I also would appreciate any information on timelines for this journey. I know it is a very individual experience, but I thought there might be more info out there on what to expect or what is ahead.
Also PINK CLOUD??? I am only guessing that is like a honeymoon period.
I have been tired and grumpy to my family over the last few days. Also not sleeping. I did take a sleeping pill to help. Will that interfere with my recovery?
I have used them over a few years and they haven't presented a problem.
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.