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cravings - February 23rd 2015, 09:28 AM

Coming from an Asian culture drinking/drugs is out of the question. However I started smoking at 15 years of age and still smoke now. My parents don't know about this though, they'd probably kill me if they found out.. My aunt is an alcoholic, nobody knows this in the family besides me. A couple of years back when she was trying to cut down, I figured that if I drank some of her alcohol, by the time she was on her second glass she wouldn't know how much she'd had. So I started drinking with her, in a bid to make sure she had less. Big mistake. obviously it didn't work, well she wasn't aware that she was drinking less but she still didn't want to completely stop. A few years down the line now and me and my flat mate decided to go get a bottle of wine and share it. I guess I was being rebellious, but I didn't care. Since then I have bought 3 more bottles of wine, I haven't told any one though, it's just not right. I get cravings so bad, and although I hate the taste of it once its down me I want more and more. I like the feeling of falling into a deep slumber and waking up the next day (albeit with a hangover) with 12+ hours of sleep.. I know I shouldn't do this but I feel as if im losing control. I always said I would never touch alcohol after what happened with my aunt, she still drinks now like way above how much is normally recommended. I swore I wouldn't be like her. but I want more.

On another note, I used to sometimes smoke weed with a friend. We'd share a joint or he'd leave me some weed and i'd have a joint before bed. But me and him had a fall out so I can't get any more weed, but I really really want it. I was at my cousins house the other day, and I had half her joint. She has the proper strong weed, don't know what strain it is, but it hit me straight away. I was totally out of it, couldn't remember what we'd talk about or keep up the conversation at all, but I liked it. I came home drank a bottle of wine and knocked out. Now I want more. I know it's not good but I want more. Im not an addict, I have only drank alcohol on the few occasions mentioned above, and only smoked weed a few times too.. I just feel like I need something to numb out my pain and hurt, I just want to feel something different. I can taste the alcohol, I can smell the weed I want them both


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Re: cravings - March 5th 2015, 12:05 PM

Hello Sabah,

It is okay to drink alcohol, you aren't under age. It's okay to drink alcohol when you know what your limits are. Drinking in moderation is okay, but when it starts to become a problem, I would recommend talking to a doctor or even a counselor/social worker.

The difference between drinking when it is healthy vs unhealthy.

Healthy
  • You are aware of what your limits are when you drink (like when you know when it's time to stop drinking)
  • Drinking in moderation (like small amounts 2-3 times a week, or once a week, few times a month, are examples)
  • When to say no, when you had enough

Unhealthy
  • When your drinking everyday to get drunk
  • When you aren't aware of your limitations
  • Walking alone while drunk or after you were drinking
  • When you use it for emotional help or otherwise

These are some examples I given a few simpler examples. On TeenHelp we have a Hotlines sections full of contact information and if you have any other questions, feel free to give National Alcohol Helpline a call [0800 917 8282]

Is it possible to see your family doctor? Doctors are a great resource for community support programs and counseling options. When you say,

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I just feel like I need something to numb out my pain and hurt, I just want to feel something different.
It sounds like you're having a hard time dealing with something that are going on. It's important when we feel this way to reach out, which you did here, but also reach out in your community. (I will leave you with a few resources you can take a look at) Have you been feeling this way for a long time now? Drinking alcohol and smoking weed for the emotional side of things, it usually doesn't help in the long run. It may feel like it is helping but it only causes more distress. When someone is going through a really hard time and they use other means to numb out that pain, it means that they're hurting deeply inside.

Let me know if you need someone to talk to or post back.

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