I drink every night. Recently cut back from 14-16 to ten measured drinks per week, I’m aware that I get high from drinking and the need to drink daily feels bad to me. Should I see if I can just stick with my current cut back plan or should I go for this treatment to create further control and healthy drinking?
Hi keri. Welcome! Hopefully others will weigh in here, too, but here’s my two cents:
Deciding to do TSM is a big step. It’s not easy and there are lots of ups and downs along the way. Naltrexone gives us an edge to help with our AUD wiring, but it also can have side effects. Many of us still have to find techniques to cut back and become mindful of our triggers, habits and patterns. So it’s not magic. It’s a journey - generally 6-12 months of vigilance and compliance.
Read some of the Progress threads here on the forum to learn what it’s been like for us. If you haven’t already, read The Cure for Alcoholism.
Congratulations on having cut back on your own! If you decide to take the TSM route, the skills you’re already developing will come in handy! Let us know what you decide. AUD is a bear, but we’re here for support.
Post by joesixpack on Feb 14, 2019 11:17:57 GMT -5
Welcome to OSL, Keri!
Some do fine just by cutting back/moderating, but others find there's a rubberband effect that snaps them back into the habit and they start drinking more than before. If that's what happens to you, I'd suggest you use something like TSM to start driving the addiction process in reverse. But stick with your efforts to cut back for now and just see how you do. Now if that were 14-16 per day, then I'd say talk to your doctor about TSM.
So shoot for 7 per week, no more than 2 per day and never 2 days in a row. Great job on dropping 1/3 of your previous intake, keep that ball rolling and see what you can manage! You might also want to check out the Harm Reduction forums at HAMS:
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