Several times a week I walk along the seafront where I live and drink copious amounts of rum. I talk to imaginary friends and have a good old time. I'm slowly killing myself. I'm one of the last big drinkers.
I worry about you sometimes, I really do. It sounds like you're struggling a bit with things. Is there anyone that can help you? Or as someone else suggested, talk with us, we are happy to help and support you as best we can.
I'm on the ropes but haven't given up yet. (Why did I have to use that metaphor? A) Metaphors are too commonplace and B) I hate boxing!)
There's no one I can think of offline who can help.
After 3 days drinking back-to-back I'm sober today. Baking three potatoes in the oven to have for lunch. Just brushed my teeth to get the alcohol scent and flavour out too.
I won't drink for the rest of the week now, it's the weekend when I'm likely to feel the temptation strongly again.
Have you tried talking to your GP to ask them to refer you on to a service that can help you? There's a service around here called Open Road they probably have similar in most Areas, where they will help people who have non-addiction drug and alcohol problems. They use alternative therapies such as acupuncture and would support you and help you to help yourself with finding ways to overcome your issues with drinking Alcohol.
I'm glad that you're sober today. Hope you enjoyed the baked potatoes?
Are you able to do something else at the weekend to distract yourself from wanting to drink?
I don't know, I just want more warmth and kindness from people. To not feel like an outsider and isolated all the time. Thank you for being kind.
I only just had the potatoes, I sprinkled them with salt and cooked at 180 for 1 hour, 50 minutes. They were delicious.
I don't think there's anything like that Open Road service you mentioned here though there is simple counselling for alcohol addiction which I am engaging with once a fortnight.
I think I might need something else that's exciting instead of the drink at weekends. Also something that can ease stress like alcohol initially does (until the bad effects kick in).
What about asking your Gp for a librium detox to lesten the withdrawal?
Thanks for the suggestion, I wasn't familiar with that drug. I'll mention it to my GP.
If he's not drinking every day then he's not addicted so it's not an addiction issue per se. If that's the case then he doesn't require a Librium Detox. It sounds like more of a binge drinking issue so it's more a support and counselling job. All this is of course only my humble opinion based on the information stated on this thread. It would of course be best to ask your GP for advice.
Go camping at the weekends in the middle of nowhere and don't take any alcohol with you! Do a bit of cooking on a campfire and enjoy nature.
Sounds peaceful. Only thing is what do you do if (heaven forbid) the call of nature comes?
‘Greenfield toileting’ dig a hole or take a bucket with you!
I keep thinking people are happier when I'm not around. I deactivated my Facebook account for 2 days, came back and everyone who'd gone quiet was back to their normal happy selves.
How's your day been anyway?
I boiled some quinoa with maple syrup and cinnamon for supper, that was pretty nice.
What do you feel that you’d done to annoy your Facebook friends? My day yesterday was good thank you. I had a day off from doing admin stuff because my brain was getting fried from it all so I read a few psychology articles during the afternoon and took my youngest to an Autism and SEN Group at the local soft play in the evening, we met one of my friends and her son there. The children all enjoyed it and slept really well! How was your day? I don’t think I’ve never eaten quinoa but your supper yesterday sounds quite tasty
That's great that there's a group for Autism and SEN for young kids. Things have progressed from the past!
Quinoa is similar to rice in taste and you can use it in the same way more or less. If you try it just make sure you put it in a sieve and rinse it well before cooking to get rid of the bitter saponin that's on the surface, which also causes digestive pain if it isn't washed off. It's really easy to cook too. You measure an amount in a jug, and double the amount of water, bring to boil in a pan, lower to lowest heat with lid on, then leave for 15 minutes and it absorbs it all.
I had a kind of fairground of a day, up and down, felt a bit nauseous, but it was sunny. I'm getting a bit better at self-care. Most days now I read a few chapters of a book, practice the guitar for 30 minutes and sometimes watch some Seinfeld episodes to get some laughter therapy.
I'm not sure why I annoy my Facebook friends. I reckon I do many people. Did you know Snowdonia in North Wales (where I grew up) is the place where according to a study, people are least friendly? It could be that I picked up something from the culture there that made me less sociable than most people.
Looks like it's going to be another glorious sunny day!
There's actually quite a few groups for Autism and SEN children that I've discovered. There's a tots group that we go to every Tuesday morning; there's another group on a Thursday but she can't go to that as she's at Nursery on a Thursday; then there's the bi-monthly group at the soft play. Provision is definitely getting better. Also, it's knowing where to find the groups. I've found a lot of information out from other Autism and SEN mums rather than from professionals. Apart from my sister-in-law who is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with Autism and SEN children, she's a fantastic source of helpful information.
I might have to try Quinoa at some point just to see what it actually tastes like. Thank you for the advice about how to cook it.
Has today been any better? What was making you nauseous yesterday? Yeah I was supposed to be on a self care kick the last week and I had a massive fail because my sleep pattern went totally out of Sync for a few days, which is never good as if I don't get enough sleep then it affects my brain function. But I've had words with myself about that and went back to 10-10:30pm bedtime as of last night. On a positive note I've got the clean eating down to a T the last few months and I've been making myself walk more the last few days and cut down on caffeine and increased my water intake. So I guess it wasn't a complete fail, just on the sleep front! What songs do you play on your guitar? Laughter therapy is good. I'm not a big TV person, but we have Sky so occasionally I'll watch a good film as a distraction from thinking about everything.
I wouldn't take too much notice of these studies that say people from different regions are more or less friendly. They're probably based on really small sample sizes and the questions that they asked to come to that conclusion may not have been that valid or reliable. I think unfortunately that us Aspies can annoy people without meaning to, just because of our lack of social awareness. That's whats so good about this forum, no one gets bothered by it. Either that or we all just annoy each other!?
It's been a beautiful day, I did a hike with the Beaver Scouts this evening around the local Country Park which was lovely and they all really enjoyed it.
I've just realised the time so I'd best be off!