I have a question for Emily, Annette, Doggielover and Mommaof3 (if she is still reading and not still offline): when you first stopped drinking, did you find yourselves to be irritable? If so, how long did that last?
Em. You know you don't need a "special" meeting to get dressed up a bit. hehe I am so glad you didn't get the "meat market" feel at the meeting. Over my years, I have seen these type of meetings and sometimes the results can be disasterous (is that the word?)And Anon. My two cents into your question....Heck Yeah. How long did it last? Even though the steps can be difficult, once I started working them my life became easier.
Anonymous, to answer your question about being irritable, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I still am!! You know what I have found so far, I have a little over 4 months so it is very fresh and very much happening all the time. I can let certain things go, but sometimes something so meaningless will set me off. I can get very grumpy if I am in a place that has drinking and people are really drunk. I know I ALWAYS acted like an ass when i drank, but I know I need to move away from it. Maybe because I know I can't drink, who knows it just gets me mad. Work can get me freaked out. I deal with people all day and sometimes they take things out on me. LIFE makes me angry sometimes, I have been dealing with a lot of death and sickness around me and my family, that is hard and I get irritable. But let me ask you this, when you were drinking, or if you are drinking, are you irritable? Are you just in a funk? Does drinking make it better or worse? Drinking made me more depressed, irritated, miserable, grumpy you name it. When your sober, or trying to be life still happens around you, you just have to try to handle it a different way. You need to see why you are feeling that way, maybe it's coming up on your time of the month, you actually have to let yourself feel the feeling!! I have been up and down a lot lately, but I try to talk with my sponsor and I talk more to my husband about things that are on my mind or upsetting me, sometimes just doing that releasing the angst inside me. I hope that helps. YOUR NOT ALONE if you are feeling irritable, it's a feeling and it's o.k. Sometimes just let yourself feel it.
Sorry I posted this on the other posting, so I copied it, to much babbling to rewrite, LOL!! Have a great night everyone, Emily, hope your computer gets better!
Please.. put back the phrase.. It get's better I promise.. That phrase is yours and has given me such hope each day. I bet I am not alone in this... The promise of new beginnings and that it does get easier over time. Very hopeful.. and very much your phrase that I have found such comfort in - hope in time.