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Re: The antidepressant effects of abstinence

Posted by Larry Hoover on December 2, 2002, at 9:07:20

In reply to The antidepressant effects of abstinence, posted by FredPotter on December 1, 2002, at 22:52:39

> I would be interested in people's views.

> During my first recovery I didn't take ADs, lithium or fish oil. This time I do, to maximise my chances of a prolonged recovery. However, the common feature is abstinence I'm afraid to say. I never wanted to believe this.
> I say this not to lecture anyone, but simply to pass on the my experience to any whom it may benefit. Life can still be hard, frustrating, painful and frightening, but it is also beautiful and joyful. And it's nice to feel my brain working better as each day goes by
> Fred

Congratulations, Fred!

Fred, I don't want to put a damper on anything you're experiencing. I am very glad for you that you have found a way to stop drinking. In AA, there is something that is sometimes called "being on a pink cloud", a particular period in recovery which arises during abstinence following prolonged drinking. Either it wears off, or you get used to it, but life will take on a more normal balance (think boring), after a time. I just want you to think about it, so it doesn't take you by surprise.




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