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On Wednesday 13th December from 7-8pm we'll be hosting a Christmas Quiz live in The Mix chat room with loads of great prizes

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Post of The Month

Esme17 is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Hey. Hope you are doing okay?

I completely understand what you mean about feeling low mainly at night. like you said, It is probably because you have nothing else you need to be doing then and so have more time to think. Is there anything you could do that makes you feel slightly happier during this time (watch a film, read etc..)?

Do you know what is making you feel this way? I know you mentioned losing your nan which must have been really hard for you and Iím very sorry to hear that!

Iím not too sure what would be best for you to do in the situation but i would say it would be best to speak to someone like your gp because they could tell you for sure if it does need looking into more and even if it didnít, it would put your mind at rest a bit? I know how hard it can be seeing someone though so just make sure you do what feels right for you.

Remember you can also always come to the board to get support and to chats as well.

Let us know how things go? Iím sorry if this didnít help at all, I think I rambled a bit but I tried...

Esme x"
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Support Circles on Sundays

We're going to be running support circles once a month on a Sunday! At the moment they run on Tuesdays, but for one of those Tuesdays, each month they will be running on a Sunday instead.

This next Sunday support circle will be on the 17th of December. If you'd like to come along, feel free to sign-up closer to the time (when we post the thread for it).
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    Hello, so i have been drink binging to deal with my emotions and domestic abuse. Tomorrow i see my alcohol worker, im scared but wont let anyone belittle my issues, im at the point where im afraid i will just speak my mind.. to my alcohol worker, to anyone.. im sick of judgements. Ive drunk everyday for the past 2 years except hospital admissions.. ive drunk 2 bottles of 10.5% of wine tonight and im just tipsy.. im afraid my alcohol issues will get worse.

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    Hello Kayden,

    I am so sorry to hear that you are still struggling with alcohol; you sound very stressed about your health and you are worried that your drinking problem will only get worse and that you are scared about getting judged in regards to the issue, is that right? - the underlying problem of domestic abuse seems to be causing you a lot of distress and it seems like you have turned to alcohol which acts like a coping mechanism.

    I would advise you to speak openly and honestly to your alcohol worker because at the end of the day, that person is there to help you. Have you spoken to anyone about how much the domestic abuse is effecting you?, tried anything in the past which helped, even if it's just a little?

    Hope things start looking up soon.
    Jessica People

    Just someone changing to who they really are. Jessica, now Jacob, been a big step but im sure it will be an exciting journey.

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    • #3
      You're not alone with that experience. As a part of my work, i speak with recovered drug addicts, former alcoholics are amongst the group I work with on community projects...and they have seen (and one experienced) similar- what i'm saying is don't worry, your alcohol worker has likely seen your sitatuation before (a LOT of cases of drug abuse are related to domestic abuse in one way or another). They should be trained to deal with a case like this, so don't hold it in- you should be as truthful with them as you can!

      And you're afraid your issues will get worse right? That just shows you don't want to drink as much, and a little willpower goes a long way in recovery!
      Why didn't you just shout i'm lonely and i'm looking for a place to go ~ Where everything's an embrace and everybody wants to know

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      • #4
        Hi both, thanks for replying.

        I have now given up because i saw my alcohol worker today and her boss was in the meeting with us to tell me that their service will no longer be supporting me because i need more help with housing and mental health mostly.. so there we fucking are! Im left with nobody to turn to now and no suplort. Fucking great!!

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        • #5
          Hi KaydenK,

          That must be incredibly frustrating to feel like so many people are letting you down. I know it is hard, but I really encourage you to practice self-care in any way you feel like you can manage right now. It sounds like you know your drinking is an issue and in the long run you want it to stop, so maybe you can challenge yourself to refrain from buying more alcohol? In terms of your housing, you mentioned on another thread that you had a meeting with your housing adviser yesterday. How did that go? If you are looking for another option for housing, you might consider contacting Centrepoint (https://centrepoint.org.uk/what-we-do/housing/) if you haven't already. Their organisation works with young people in difficult housing situations, and they could be of some help to you.

          Wishing you the best and sending you positive thoughts!

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          • #6
            You should go on the therapy and work on this. Drinking is caused by your emotions...

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            • #7
              Hi everyone sorry i havent posted in a while.. my drinking is out of control, i drink 5 cans everynight and its increasing. I tried not to drink but i just cant stop thinking about it. My support workers dont know. I just feel nice and numb when i drink, it takes things away.. but i can see im getting too used to it.

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              • #8
                Hey KaydenK,

                It's nice to hear from you again! I've read what you wrote on the other thread too and just want you to know that you're incredibly brave, and as Mike said, you're a valued member of this community! It sounds like you're going through a really tough time at the moment which may be why the drinking has increased. Often people use substances such as alcohol as a coping mechanism, and as I'm sure you know it can be dangerous. However, it's always good that you talk about these things because then we can offer you the support! Have you checked out this article? http://www.themix.org.uk/drink-and-d...tion-9708.html

                Here is a link for some support particularly for the alcohol abuse:
                - https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/

                Hope you have a great day and hope to hear from you soon!
                Drea

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                • #9
                  Hi Drea,

                  Thanks for those kind words. Thank you for the links too i will have a look. I just need alcohol to forget and feel numb again. Soo many worries. So many things going on. Not been on my anti psychotic meds. Loaing the plot. Alcohol takes it away.

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                  • #10
                    Heya Kayden, how are you getting on?
                    Taking care of yourself takes care of more than just yourself.

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                    • #11
                      Hey Mike, not that great regarding alcohol usage. Im up to 6 cans of cider a night now. Cant seem to stop myself.

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                      • #12
                        Hey Kayden,

                        Just checking in with how you're doing? Hope it's all going a bit better.

                        Speak soon,
                        Drea

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by KaydenK View Post
                          Hi everyone sorry i havent posted in a while.. my drinking is out of control, i drink 5 cans everynight and its increasing. I tried not to drink but i just cant stop thinking about spel it. My support workers dont know. I just feel nice and numb when i drink, it takes things away.. but i can see im getting too used to it.

                          Hey Kayden how is it going? Even though you don't want to you should share this with your support workers! I know you are sick of judgments but maybe they can help you?


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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KaydenK View Post
                            Hello, so i have been drink binging to deal with my emotions and domestic abuse. Tomorrow i see my alcohol worker, im scared but wont let anyone belittle my issues, im at the point where im afraid i will just speak my mind.. to my alcohol worker, Tandlškare Uppsala to anyone.. im sick of judgements. Ive drunk everyday for the past 2 years except hospital admissions.. ive drunk 2 bottles of 10.5% of wine tonight and im just tipsy.. im afraid my alcohol issues will get worse.

                            Sorry for the double post but just wanted to check up again! How are you doing?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KaydenK View Post
                              Hello, so i have been drink binging to deal with my emotions and domestic abuse. Tomorrow i see my alcohol worker, im scared but wont let anyone belittle my issues, im at the point where im afraid i will just speak my mind.. to my alcohol worker, Tandlškare Uppsala to anyone.. im sick of judgements. Ive drunk everyday for the past 2 years except hospital admissions.. ive drunk 2 bottles of 10.5% of wine tonight and im just tipsy.. im afraid my alcohol issues will get worse.

                              Sorry for the double post but just wanted to check up again! How are you doing?

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