I must say I haven't had time to have a look around on this board, as so many of my conversations with OSL friends were on progress threads and the like.
I'm starting this thread because I have been AF for coming up to one year in mid Feb, and I have no desire to drink again - no cravings, I'm not white knuckling, it's just not for me anymore - thankfully!
So, does that mean I need to keep NAL on me and should I make the decision to have a drink, take the NAL beforehand?
I have one tucked away in my wallet, and an unfinished pack in my medicine cupboard from a year ago, but does that mean I need to keep renewing the prescription just to keep a 'fresh' pack available to me?
I think that is an irrational situation to be living, and I propose I ditch the pills when they expire, and should the time come when I think I might go back to drinking (unlikely), then I get a new lot?
What if say in 5 years time I decided on a whim to have a glass of wine, and maybe that led to 2 or 3. Should I then go out and get a script for NAL and ensure I have it on me for future slip ups? Would the reversal damage have already been done?
So many questions (but from a clear head this morning, at least)!
Post by runawaytrain on Jan 27, 2019 18:50:23 GMT -5
leaaus, from what I've read in The Cure for Alcoholism, on the boards and all sorts of other sources, we can never drink again without Nal. When you do that, you're introducing an opportunity to relearn your AUD. I've read up that people that go completely abstinent put a pill in their wallet (like you), they also have pill holder keychains and necklaces just in case, even if they still haven't drank. I'm not sure about the shelf life, maybe joesixpack has some advice on that. If it has a shelf life of a couple years or what not, I would suggest asking for just like 3-5 whenever it expires just to be on the safe side. You've reached extinction (CONGRATS, btw), you've come so far, you don't want to give AUD a chance to sneak back up on you.
I would like to congratulate you on extinction! I read your progress post and it's so heartwarming to hear that you've done it! I am with an amazing guy that I'd like to marry and have kids with, but I know I can't do that until I reach extinction so it's inspiring to hear your story! I hope you have a wonderful life!! Thank you for sharing!
Looking forward to a future worth remembering! I believe in you too!
Hey leaaus - congratulations on getting your life back! I will be coming up on two years in a couple of months, and I don't keep nal on me any more. But I do keep it on the shelf. Like you, I just don't care about drinking any more. But I plan to hang on to my stores just in case.
I worked in the pharma industry and if they had their way, they would make aspirin a $100 a month prescription with a 30 day expiration date. Your nals will probably be good for years. I plan to use what I have if I ever decide to drink again, and if necessary then order more. Otherwise, I think I have finally killed the beast.
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