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2013-01-07 01:21:18 PM
3 votes:

NotARocketScientist: coco ebert: So, replace one addiction with another?
Yup. People who become alcoholics generally have addictive personalities - they will become addicted to something. AA gets them into God. I think getting them into running is healthier physically, mentally and relationship wise.


*sigh*. I went to AA for over a year. Probably saved my life. I never "got into God", I never felt pressured to pray, or turn my life over to God, or attend church, or whatever else you non-AA people keep blithering about. Please stop repeating this crap. And how the fark would any of you know, anyway? You are not an addict, you have never been a member of AA, and you don't understand how the simplistic phrases are just a framework to work from--they're not a rule book.

When you're killing yourself with some substance, have no money, you've lost your friends and probably your family, your brain is fried, and you're sick and tired and feel bad all over--AA looks pretty farking good, God or no God.

Or you can just keep repeating this horseshiat, so that maybe some poor drunk who reads Fark will blow his head off instead of going to AA, because he might be exposed to GOD.
2013-01-07 11:47:46 AM
3 votes:
So, replace one addiction with another?
2013-01-07 01:00:01 PM
2 votes:
coco ebert: So, replace one addiction with another?

Yup. People who become alcoholics generally have addictive personalities - they will become addicted to something. AA gets them into God. I think getting them into running is healthier physically, mentally and relationship wise.
2013-01-07 12:38:14 PM
2 votes:
coco ebert: "So, replace one addiction with another?"

Pretty much.
That's part of why AA has the "higher power" tie-in: it provides a default addiction to swap in.
But some dodge organized religion and become a workaholic or seize on exercise or woodworking or whatever.

/ knows a former alcoholic who's now a runner
// getting a kick
2013-01-07 12:36:25 PM
2 votes:
Former? I manage both quite well, and my local hash kennel gives me plenty of practice.
2013-01-07 01:45:59 PM
1 votes:

cryinoutloud: NotARocketScientist: coco ebert: So, replace one addiction with another?
Yup. People who become alcoholics generally have addictive personalities - they will become addicted to something. AA gets them into God. I think getting them into running is healthier physically, mentally and relationship wise.

*sigh*. I went to AA for over a year. Probably saved my life. I never "got into God", I never felt pressured to pray, or turn my life over to God, or attend church, or whatever else you non-AA people keep blithering about. Please stop repeating this crap. And how the fark would any of you know, anyway? You are not an addict, you have never been a member of AA, and you don't understand how the simplistic phrases are just a framework to work from--they're not a rule book.

When you're killing yourself with some substance, have no money, you've lost your friends and probably your family, your brain is fried, and you're sick and tired and feel bad all over--AA looks pretty farking good, God or no God.

Or you can just keep repeating this horseshiat, so that maybe some poor drunk who reads Fark will blow his head off instead of going to AA, because he might be exposed to GOD.


In my experience AA meetings start or end with a prayer, if not both.
2013-01-07 01:29:40 PM
1 votes:

dickfreckle: I'm an alcoholic desperately trying to get into a medical detox that has a bed or is affordable - so I'm getting a kick, etc... My city is notorious for booze but can't be arsed to aid those without extremely expensive insurance.

/the trick to this is doing it before rock-bottom forces you to
//am still drinking, and I'm not a fall-off-bar-stool sort. But damn, it has to stop before it kills me


try weed
2013-01-07 01:19:39 PM
1 votes:
I was formerly drunk (last night) and running sounds like the last thing I want to do right now.
2013-01-07 01:14:45 PM
1 votes:

dickfreckle: coco ebert: dickfreckle: I'm an alcoholic desperately trying to get into a medical detox that has a bed or is affordable - so I'm getting a kick, etc... My city is notorious for booze but can't be arsed to aid those without extremely expensive insurance.

/the trick to this is doing it before rock-bottom forces you to
//am still drinking, and I'm not a fall-off-bar-stool sort. But damn, it has to stop before it kills me

Stay safe and sober (to the extent that you can), dickfreckle.

Thanks, Coco. Again, I'm a functioning retard and not a drunken menace to the streets - which is what I aim to avoid. But I do wake up and have beers or shots before going about my business. I don't even feel the effects of the drink(s) because that's how far I'm gone - you just wake up and use the addiction to attain a semblance of normalcy. That's when you know you're farked.

 I can't let that devolve into full-on crazy. I am an alcoholic, but I'm not living the rest of my life this way.

Pride. It means something.


rationalrecovery.org
2013-01-07 01:13:35 PM
1 votes:

coco ebert: So, replace one addiction with another?


Exactly. Running>religion.
2013-01-07 01:09:09 PM
1 votes:

coco ebert: dickfreckle: I'm an alcoholic desperately trying to get into a medical detox that has a bed or is affordable - so I'm getting a kick, etc... My city is notorious for booze but can't be arsed to aid those without extremely expensive insurance.

/the trick to this is doing it before rock-bottom forces you to
//am still drinking, and I'm not a fall-off-bar-stool sort. But damn, it has to stop before it kills me

Stay safe and sober (to the extent that you can), dickfreckle.


Thanks, Coco. Again, I'm a functioning retard and not a drunken menace to the streets - which is what I aim to avoid. But I do wake up and have beers or shots before going about my business. I don't even feel the effects of the drink(s) because that's how far I'm gone - you just wake up and use the addiction to attain a semblance of normalcy. That's when you know you're farked.

 I can't let that devolve into full-on crazy. I am an alcoholic, but I'm not living the rest of my life this way.

Pride. It means something.
2013-01-07 12:56:11 PM
1 votes:
It is replacing one addiction with another.

I ran cross-country in High School and quickly became addicted to running and that life style. It seems like a good thing but it was killing me on many levels. Many of my relationships fell apart because I spent more time out running than doing almost anything else.

Thankfully, I was able to slow and eventually stop this horrid addiction through the use of alcohol. I now make it a point to drink when I feel the urge to do any type of exercise....I am a much better person for it.
2013-01-07 12:54:46 PM
1 votes:

dickfreckle: and I'm not a fall-off-bar-stool sort.


What's sad is I don't fall off stools after 1,565 drinks. That's when you know it's time to let a doctor oversee the whole mess.
2013-01-07 12:50:15 PM
1 votes:

dickfreckle: I'm an alcoholic desperately trying to get into a medical detox that has a bed or is affordable - so I'm getting a kick, etc... My city is notorious for booze but can't be arsed to aid those without extremely expensive insurance.

/the trick to this is doing it before rock-bottom forces you to
//am still drinking, and I'm not a fall-off-bar-stool sort. But damn, it has to stop before it kills me


Stay safe and sober (to the extent that you can), dickfreckle.
2013-01-07 12:48:13 PM
1 votes:
I'm an alcoholic desperately trying to get into a medical detox that has a bed or is affordable - so I'm getting a kick, etc... My city is notorious for booze but can't be arsed to aid those without extremely expensive insurance.

/the trick to this is doing it before rock-bottom forces you to
//am still drinking, and I'm not a fall-off-bar-stool sort. But damn, it has to stop before it kills me
 
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