Today will be day 15. so far so good, definite reduction in drinking, I’d say reduced by a 3rd if not some nights half. Prior to TSM I was drinking at least 1 bottle of wine a night and this was really creeping upwards. I’m feeling and looking miles better. Struggling with the spare time actually as I love to take a drink to bed with me as a night cap. So I’ve been delaying start time. Tonight however is the first night I’ve waited until I actually craved a drink to take the pill. I’ve got 25 minutes to go So I’m feeling happy. im mindful of the honeymoon period but I’m aware of it so not going to let myself get despondent if I take increases. I plan to continue daily TSM over Christmas as historically I’m a daily drinker. 22minutes to go.....🤪
That sounds very similar to when I started. I found early on that by delaying my start time, I was able to really see improvement very quickly. It was a mental trick I played on myself, saying that I wasn't depriving myself by NOT drinking, I was just waiting a while longer for it. Soon I was at the point where I'd only have enough time for one or two drinks before I was tired enough to go to sleep. As a added benefit, I soon found constructive ways to spend my time while waiting to take the pill. I get a lot more done these days because I'm not investing all that time in boozing.
Thank you Silent Bob. I thought I’d posted a reply yesterday but must not have press the send button. Iv3 been reading your posts and I do think our history and manner of drinking is quite similar. I’ve not been charting the specific amounts as such, rather I’ve been charting glasses of wine drunk from the bottle. It’s only ever wine I drink really , never spirits, and I do check percentages. And it’s ‘glasses’ and not ‘bottles’ I’m drinking which is great. Day 17 today. Apart from sore throat etc all is good.
Hi bunt: you’re looking good! Somewhere in the first few weeks I started measuring my wine before putting it in a glass. I just keep a measuring cup on the counter. It helped me see how much I was really drinking and now I know I can’t fool myself. When I go out, I can recognize that the bartender pours a little extra in the glass. So I sometimes add .25 to my daily count. It’s been really helpful!
So I am now Day 46 so just over 6 weeks since starting TSM. I made the decision to take the nal every day throughout the Christmas period as I’m historically a daily drinker. This past week has seen a real shift in my drinking behaviour and I’m really positive that TSM is going to work for me. 🙏 I’ve not kept a chart as such but have kept a written log of drinking intake.
Prior to TSM - 9 bottles ++ white wine per week. Weeks 1-3 ....4 bottles of white wine per week Weeks 4-5 ....4/5 bottles of wine WEEK 6 .. 3 AF days, 1.25 bottles of wine with 2 days to go.
This has been a really significant week for me. I have done 2 consecutive AF days and didn’t crave alcohol at all followed by a day of drinking half a bottle. The next day I felt ‘meh’ so went for another AF day. Last night had friends over..who know I’m doing TSM. I fought the desire to have the usual ‘getting ready drink’ and waited until they arrived. I diluted my wine with soda while my friend had normal wine. By the end of the evening ( nearly 5 hours) only 2 bottles of one had been drunk between us (men on beer) and I calculated I’d had 3/4s of a bottle. I’d been drinking water in between too. They left around midnight and instead of taking a wine to bed which I ALWAYS do even if it’s left on the side I took my water and a glass of ginger ale. Did wake up with a banging head...and like I’d drunk miles more, but I don’t feel sickly like I did last week when drinking every day. Just feel really, really happy with how things are going. I like my wine , but it really isn’t tasting how it used to...but I’m still drinking it anyway...but I’m liking the reduction in intake even more. Hope this isn’t a blip ...time will tell...and hoping today will be another AF day. Happy weekend all. 😊 keep at it!
Thank you bellair...your kind words make me feel sort of fuzzy and warm 😆 Every day I recall a conversation we as a family had just before I discovered TSM...so around beginning of November. We were in the car and my 11 year old daughter said
“Mum, what’s the worst thing that could happen to you?” “I think either you or dad being in a terrible accident” “Dad, what’s the worse thing that could happen to you?” “Mummy getting ill. Everything would fall apart. Everything would change”
I sat there and thought “we will all get ill eventually, but by drinking 9 bottles of wine a week I’m surely fast forwarding myself to that day and it’s all my own doing”
That was THE moment I knew something had to change and I’m very thankful I found TSM.
So today is week 7! Saturday and Sunday saw me still drinking but only 3/4s bottle Saturday and half on Sunday. That means week 6 comes in under 3 bottles of wine. That for me is like what a ‘normal’ person would drink!!! I feel I could have drunk less last night, but I was enjoying it so poured a 2nd drink to take to bed. For me, the taking a glass of wine up to bed is really hard to stop. As is not having the ‘getting ready glass of wine’. Still, I will take these small victories. Also, as taz mentioned on another thread, this weekends drinking has in all respects been RESPONSIBLE.😃 Whoop whoop!!! Let’s see what week 7 brings......
Hiya, bunt, great news! So glad you are making progress, and week 7 is still early days, so I would wager you are going to keep on seeing a decrease. Don't you love it that we all are seeking the same intake levels as a "normal" person? LOL. I'd wager that there are more people wrestling with AUD than care to admit it to themselves. I know what you mean though--it SEEMS like other people are able to take it or leave it, doesn't it? I'm with you--getting the levels down no matter what. I'm going to shoot for the CDC recommendation of less than 7 drinks per week for women. I still have a long way to go, but that's my goal.
So it’s almost 4am here in the UK .I’ve been up since 3 as struggling a bit these past few days with a really sore throat. Got the yellow pustules on the right hand side and it’s really painful to swallow and my ear is aching. Just having some pain relief and lemsips to see me through. Been a bit low this week too. Wednesday was the birthday of my sister in law who although in remission from cancer, took her own life almost a year ago...the anniversary is next month. Monday and Tuesday were AF days...felt really easy to do...Wednesday I decided from the off I was drinking as I wanted to toast my SIL. I was totally compliant with the naltrexone and the method- 1 pill 1 hour before. Drink 1 tasted bitter, not like the gorgeous Sauvignon I was expecting....and i really could have taken it or left it. I chose to drink on. I admit I drank through the nal. Drinks 2,3,4 got knocked back until the bottle was empty, yet it wasnt particularly enjoyable and I didn’t feel drunk. I didn’t really feel anything to be honest...not any massive craving... It was as if I just wanted to go back to the old me...just for a few hours... The only small victory I can take from this is the fact I didn’t open another bottle of wine. It has just really highlighted also that for me, how important ‘mindfulness ‘ is . I truly think had I stopped and really considered what I was feeling and tasting at drink number 1 I could have experienced my first proper ‘ one and done’ session. Pleased to say Thursday was another easy AF day. Not sure what today will bring...I’m feeling pretty shite ...and it’s Friday and I’m still in the habit of thinking it’s Friday, it’s the weekend and that’s a good enough excuse to drink.. I think the habit part of drinking is a major thing for me although I am pushing the time back when I do drink to get away from the ‘6 o’clock, wine o’clock ‘ scenario. So, I don’t feel in a bad place per say...I think TSM is going well. A quick count up over the past almost 2 weeks shows I’ve had 6 AF days out of a possible 11. I just feel a bit emotionally drained, a bit sad, and I am really missing my SIL...my good friend. 😔😢
Wise words, joesixpack. bunt, so sorry for your loss and the sad days you endured this week. Sounds like being sick really adds to the struggle for you. I'm sorry. Hang in there, tomorrow will be better, as will the days and weeks to come.
Thank you Joe and Pauline. I’ve been to the doctors and got a 10 day course of antibiotics. Doc thinks it’s tonsillitis...it certainly feels like it is. Been snoozing on and off most of the day. Had a nal this evening as thought a wine may help with the throat pain..then slept 9pm until 11pm...of course wide awake now. Just got to get over the big hurdle of the anniversary of my SIL death which is in 4 weeks time. Things still looking good. Forever compliant and forever positive that this will work.
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