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Alcoholics Tell Us How They Feel And Think About Drinking

Alcoholics Tell Us How They Feel And Think About Drinking

Being an alcoholic can be a lonely and frustrating experience. Often, you feel like no one else has gone through what you are going through. The fun and buzz that you may have experienced when you first started drinking is long gone, and often all that is left is a feeling of despair and helplessness.

But there are many who have gone through the hard process of quitting. For them, it has been a long and difficult road.

For those of you who manage to reach sobriety, there can often be mixed feelings. Below are some comments made by alcoholics. They are divided into three categories based on how it feels to be an alcoholic, how hard it is to quit drinking, and how good it feels when you do manage to quit.

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How it feels to be an alcoholic

1. Alcoholism is lonely

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    source: https://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-be-an-alcoholic

    2. The fun is lost

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      source: https://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-be-an-alcoholic

      3. The misery only becomes more horrible after I wake up

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      its shit
        source: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskMen/comments/3j4ukp/what_does_alcoholism_look_and_feel_like/

        4. I hate the whole human race when I was drunk

        mrhyde
          source: https://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-be-an-alcoholic

          5. I felt like I was a failure

          looks like
            source: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskMen/comments/3j4ukp/what_does_alcoholism_look_and_feel_like/

            It’s hard to quit drinking

            6. It can take years. But it pays off in the end

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              source: http://www.iflscience.com/brain/what-happens-alcoholics-brains-when-they-quit-drinking

              7. I can never have another drink

              people still
                source: https://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-be-an-alcoholic

                8. The worst and longest nightmare

                nightmare
                  source: http://www.drugfreeworld.org/real-life-stories/alcohol.html

                  9. Talking to other alcoholics helps

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                  its been over six years
                    source: https://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-be-an-alcoholic

                    It feels great after quitting drinking

                    10. It’s miraculous to be a recovering alcoholic

                    buried mother
                      source: https://www.quora.com/What-is-it-like-to-be-an-alcoholic

                      11. I’m giving my health, looks and reputation a chance to get better

                      first day
                        source: http://soberistas.com/page/personal-stories

                        12. Great thanks to the friend who helped

                        fast-forward again
                          source: http://soberistas.com/page/personal-stories

                          13. Busy work can help

                          i realise i am incredilbly strong
                            source: http://soberistas.com/page/personal-stories

                            If you have experienced being an alcoholic and have managed to become sober, then the feeling of a life regained is a reward in itself. If you are still drinking, quitting may seem like a daunting task. It may feel like you are beyond help or too far gone, but as you can see from other people’s comments, there is a way forward. It is possible to take that step and embark on the road towards recovery.

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                            Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

                            Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

                            Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

                            Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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                            Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

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                            The leap happens when we realize two things:

                            1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
                            2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

                            Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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                            Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

                            My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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                            In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

                            “Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

                            Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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