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post #1 of 31 Old 11-12-2012, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Any fellow alcoholics out there?

I know this is a strange post, but I am trying to stop drinking and realizing that I am scared to death to ride my horse without it. I know this is a long shot, but I thought it would be worth trying. Alcohol afforded me the bravery I needed to get on my horse and take control. I wasn't afraid of falling or anything else, but now I am. Anyone else relate out there?
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post #2 of 31 Old 11-12-2012, 10:56 PM
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I'm not an alcoholic but just wanted to say you are so strong for even acknowledging the problem. I have several alcoholics and addicts in my family and it's a hard road to recovery but so, so worth it. I recommend going to meetings and finding a sponsor. Being an alcoholic is all about TRYING to be in control (not just on your horse).

Anyways, sorry I didn't answer your question. Good luck and I hope you can find peace and get sober! :)
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post #3 of 31 Old 11-12-2012, 11:06 PM
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I'm not much of a drinker (22 and really hate the taste of most alcohol), but I do know how bad anxiety can be. I have a suggestion that you could just even think about trying. It's worked wonders for my social anxiety and completely erased my mothers severe phobia of suspension bridges. It's called Emotional Freedom Techniques. Pretty much its tapping on different points of your body (from what I read when I started some of them are acupuncture points...but no needles). I'm not good at explaining it...

You can look it up (EFT, tapping). I have found some videos from a series that has helped my family greatly that I think might come in handy for you should you feel like trying this technique. I shall PM you the links. They are free, so you need not worry. And yes, at first you will feel awkward and stupid doing it...

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post #4 of 31 Old 11-12-2012, 11:30 PM
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I know some ranch hands who are and stopped with a program, but they don't have computers.

Hope somebody comes along. I think doing things in a new way would be a challenge. Best wishes.
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post #5 of 31 Old 11-12-2012, 11:57 PM
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You've taken the first step, recognizing you have a problem.

Good luck on your road to recovery and we'll all be pulling for you!
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post #6 of 31 Old 11-13-2012, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all fo your responses and encouragement. I didn't really expect to get any.
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post #7 of 31 Old 11-13-2012, 02:05 AM
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start small , groom, round pen, lead the horse around. have some one around with a gentle calm horse , ride in arena first, ride at a walk. and work up from there. You can do it, you will be nervous at first, but look at how proud you will be of yourself when you can go do whatever you wish. :)
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post #8 of 31 Old 11-13-2012, 02:53 AM
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Reformed one here. Didn't drink a huge amount (although did occasionally binge drink - it was my only way of socialising...which sounds pretty weird I know) but every day I'd get home from work and I had to have a glass or three of wine just to relax and settle down. Otherwise I'd be on edge for hours. Then I'd take a bottle of sherry, port or rum (cheap stuff) into my room and drink my way through that over two or three nights.

One day I decided I had to stop. Wasn't easy but thankfully it was only a psychological dependency and not a physical one (I understand quitting a physical alcohol addiction is really rough and quite dangerous). I just made myself stop buying it and eventually went without a drink for six months. My anxiety issues came back with a vengeance though and I stopped being able to sleep for any good length of time. I have to deal with them in other more constructive ways now but I still get the craving for a drink to settle the nerves.

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lol, there were two DUI's given last year in this county for riding a horse drunk, that i know of.
I dont know where you live, but here in KY its against the law to ride a horse, or anything really while bring drunk.
I guess you okay if your on a trail or in the woods, but when you hit the road, its all over...
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post #10 of 31 Old 11-13-2012, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Evil horse of doom---I appreciate your candor and that does not sound weird at all. It sounds normal to me lol. I wish you the best of luck. It sounds like you have come a long way on our own. Do you have any support?
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