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    kristein90
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    Hey!! I’m an alcoholic. I have been addicted to it for the past one year after my breakup. My boyfriend and my best friend cheated on my back. I was not able to tolerate the humiliation and to overcome from it, I started drinking and now I have reached a state where I can’t live without drinking.
    A few days back I have been experiencing severe tooth pain and I consulted my GP. After examining he said I have an abscessed tooth on the left side and advised me to undergo tooth extraction from an emergency dentist. He prescribed Tylenol for pain relief and I have been taking it for 2 days. The interesting thing I noticed is that, whenever I drink alcohol, the tooth pain become worse. I have heard that people use alcohol to decrease the pain, but it’s opposite in my case. Any thoughts regarding this? I’ve scheduled an appointment at an emergency dental service in Toronto for tomorrow.
    My mom advised me to quit my drinking habit. She said everything will be fine if I stop drinking. I don’t know if I will be able to do that but I’m thinking to give it a shot. My boyfriend is happy with his new girlfriend and that’s what hurt me a lot. I desperately want to move on. Any tips and suggestions are highly appreciated. Thanks!!

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    Allison Kernan
    Allison Kernan
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    Hey girl, I’m really glad you reached out and I give you props for your bravery for being so open! I, too, am an addict and I remember when a breakup fueled my addiction as well. I used drugs to cover up and mask all of my feelings, good and bad really.

    If you’re physically dependent on the alcohol then I STRONGLY suggest you check into a detox facility because the withdrawals of alcohol can be fatal and EXTREMELY uncomfortable. At a detox, you can get medication to properly and safely eliminate the alcohol out of your body.

    Then I would get into a recovery meeting/group of some sort. There are so many different kinds to discover, so keep an open mind! There’s faith based, 12 step, support group setting, female only, etc. if you let me know what area you live in, I would love to help you find resources. You can always email me at akernan@swrmhb.org too, I’d love to help in any way I can.

    A support system is important, do you have anyone in mind that is safe for you to talk to about this? Don’t fret if you don’t, I know how lonely it can be. But that’s why getting into a recovery group of some sort is so important because at those, you will not only build a recovery support network, but you can find someone that will connect with you and uplift you.

    Therapy/counseling worked (and is still working) great wonders too! So it wouldn’t hurt to check out some local substance abuse counselors.

    I can imagine this might seem a little overwhelming, but you’re taking the steps in the right direction so definitely don’t be too hard on yourself! Take everything a second at a time and it’ll all work out.

    Best of luck to you on your recovery journey! Recovery brings SO much healing, hope, and happiness! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and definitely continue to come on here and talk.. vent.. anything! We are here for you! You can do this!!!

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    katerina
    katerina
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    I found for myself that to quit drinking, is a lot more than not drinkingg. It’s an entire life change. Thoughts, means of coping, activities, the people and places we are around…so much more. For me, it was based on love. Well, the lack of love. When I feel incoming and outgoing love, I tend to drink much, much less, if not at all. While this is general and universal, it’s good sometimes to simplify to change perspective. So additionally, I fully support Allison’s suggestions too; love plus all ^!

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