Jump to content
mlrp

Twelve-Step Recovery & Surviving Antidepressants

Recommended Posts

getofflex

Titled:  Alcoholics Anmonymous Tremendously helpful

 

I had a drinking problem many years ago, and went to AA for years, and stayed sober.  As I was coming off of the SSRI's, I no longer had anything to numb my emotional pain, and became tempted to start drinking again.  I was also using Xanax, which is very dangerous for a recovered alcoholic to use.  So, I went back to AA a month ago.  I cannot say enough about how much this program is helping me.  I was not doing well in November or December.  I was having quite a lot of anxiety, and sadness, etc.  I went to AA and got a very strong sponsor, and am working the 12 steps.  I am having SO much more peace and serenity, and my anxiety is hugely reduced!!  I am also less sad.  I'm making new friends, and feel much less isolated!  

 

I would highly recommend a 12 step program to help with this process. I realize that some people see 12 step programs as a cult, but it doesn't have to become a cult, as long as I don't make AA my entire life.  Some people do that.  Just keep a balance.  

 

Jennifer

Edited by manymoretodays
merged

Share this post


Link to post
manymoretodays

Hi Jennifer, @getofflex

 

Merged your recent post here, as I think it fits.

Yes, me too.  It's been really helpful to me as well.

 

I really need to stay active in my 12 step program and fellowship.  It's kind of at the top of my priorities now.  When I keep it that way, the rest does seem to fall into a nice balance.  And it's such a wonderful program in which to stay spiritually fit.

 

How  are you doing?  And thankyou for posting on my introduction!

 

L, P, H, and G,

mmt

Share this post


Link to post
Harriet8

Hello everyone,

 

I have only managed to skim through this thread due to very limited capacity right now.  But I wanted to ask a question to see if anyone else has considered this:

 

I was introduced to 12 steps in 2015, CODA initially, and then ACA.  The fellowships became really important to me and I felt like 12 step programmes were really very very special, and I was amazed that such an amazing thing existed worldwide, available to all of us.....  Anyway, through the effects of a withdrawal which was too complex and too fast, I ended up housebound and unable to go to my meetings.  I did try to continue them online for a while but noticed that I was starting to identify less and less because I wasn't able to be active in relationships (at work, with friends, at home....) because I have lost all my relationships through my declining health over the past ten years due to meds.  It is a grief that is huge and I'm not managing it well.  I realise how ESSENTIAL it is for me (and probably for most of us) to have connections, meaningful relationship, especially during the toughest times of our lives.  I need to make this a priority now to be able to keep going.  So, I considered Chronic Pain (and Chronic Illness) Anonymous, CPA.  Does anyone else have experience of this fellowship?  I have tried a few meetings.  I think part of my inner struggle is trying to work out whether I want to identify as being chronically ill, within myself, or not.  That might sound ridiculous, because I am chronically ill!  And I know I'm fighting that reality and that in itself is causing huge problems.  But part of me is saying, "don't adopt that identity; keep looking towards health; keep tipping in that direction".  Whilst it was a big and emotional thing for me to identify as codependent, I am absolutely able and willing to own that identity.  I am really really struggling to identify as chronically ill.  [I'm rushing a little as I am being called away.  I don't want to be sloppy but I also know that if I don't post this, it might take me a long time to get the energy and focus together to do it another time.  So please forgive waffliness or lack of care/clarity.]  I would really welcome anyone else's thoughts on this.  Thank you.  I know I'm circling the whole issue of acceptance (especially because I have been rendered so disabled by psych drugs) and because I am looking at 5 - 7 years plus of tapering, and am already housebound, and having to hold because I'm so unstable😌.  I'm just trying to find any ways I can right now to keep the flame of hope alive.  And I think, for me, now, it's essential that I make some connections.

 

Warmest wishes to you all,

 

Harriet8

Share this post


Link to post
Felisbela
On 9/8/2018 at 1:18 AM, manymoretodays said:

Hi guys!  Yah, I am going to try alanon one of these weeks.  I've been getting back to my new/revised AA program and it's going really well.  I love my AA fellowship, often where ever I go.

 

My sponsor is back too......she'd been traveling, and checked on me post dental procedure.  She's a keeper for sure.

 

Also, I had meant to mention awhile back that is was LSD that Bill W. did, not mushrooms..........according to the official literature.  Lois even joined him in this endeavor and he turned down an offer from Timothy Leary to do LSD with him...........or so the legend goes........  B)

 

I'm getting a lot out of meetings lately, and getting more disciplined in my daily use of the tools inherent........once again.  Progress, not perfection we often say.

 

Love, peace, healing, and growth,

mmt

I'm glad

Share this post


Link to post
Hibari
On 2/10/2020 at 1:54 PM, Harriet8 said:

Hello everyone,

 

I have only managed to skim through this thread due to very limited capacity right now.  But I wanted to ask a question to see if anyone else has considered this:

 

I was introduced to 12 steps in 2015, CODA initially, and then ACA.  The fellowships became really important to me and I felt like 12 step programmes were really very very special, and I was amazed that such an amazing thing existed worldwide, available to all of us.....  Anyway, through the effects of a withdrawal which was too complex and too fast, I ended up housebound and unable to go to my meetings.  I did try to continue them online for a while but noticed that I was starting to identify less and less because I wasn't able to be active in relationships (at work, with friends, at home....) because I have lost all my relationships through my declining health over the past ten years due to meds.  It is a grief that is huge and I'm not managing it well.  I realise how ESSENTIAL it is for me (and probably for most of us) to have connections, meaningful relationship, especially during the toughest times of our lives.  I need to make this a priority now to be able to keep going.  So, I considered Chronic Pain (and Chronic Illness) Anonymous, CPA.  Does anyone else have experience of this fellowship?  I have tried a few meetings.  I think part of my inner struggle is trying to work out whether I want to identify as being chronically ill, within myself, or not.  That might sound ridiculous, because I am chronically ill!  And I know I'm fighting that reality and that in itself is causing huge problems.  But part of me is saying, "don't adopt that identity; keep looking towards health; keep tipping in that direction".  Whilst it was a big and emotional thing for me to identify as codependent, I am absolutely able and willing to own that identity.  I am really really struggling to identify as chronically ill.  [I'm rushing a little as I am being called away.  I don't want to be sloppy but I also know that if I don't post this, it might take me a long time to get the energy and focus together to do it another time.  So please forgive waffliness or lack of care/clarity.]  I would really welcome anyone else's thoughts on this.  Thank you.  I know I'm circling the whole issue of acceptance (especially because I have been rendered so disabled by psych drugs) and because I am looking at 5 - 7 years plus of tapering, and am already housebound, and having to hold because I'm so unstable😌.  I'm just trying to find any ways I can right now to keep the flame of hope alive.  And I think, for me, now, it's essential that I make some connections.

 

Warmest wishes to you all,

 

Harriet8

Hi Harriet

 

I tried CPA (Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness) for awhile.  The people were kind and welcoming and I was familiar with 12 step programs having been member of Alanon, which I loved.  But after I was injured by medication, I couldn't attend the in person meetings and even on the phone  meetings, I found it hard to relate to the familiar Alanon issues.  

 

I have stepped back from CPA because I too did not want to identify as a chronically ill person.  I just found myself getting upset and not relating to the group even though the members are kind and caring.  So I understand your thoughts on CPA.   I want to feel hopeful that I will heal completely at the end of this final taper and defining myself as chronically ill was hard for me too.

 

In the end I had to trust that my reluctance was not denial but actually the part of me that has hope and belief that there will be an end to this.phase of my life.  

 

Hibari 

Share this post


Link to post

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Terms of Use Privacy Policy