Support needed badly....

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Registered: 12-31-1969
Support needed badly....
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Sat, 08-18-2012 - 4:02pm

OK, Here goes...... I have Hep C. My liver is filled with the virus. I stopped drugs (except weed). But I just can't seem to give up alcohol (The worst thing you can do when you have hep C. I know drinking can kill me, but it doesn't stop me from drinking.. I'm not drinking every day, but almost. It scares me to think what i;m doing to my body, but I need some encouragment and support, along with any advice on how to quit.....K

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Registered: 09-14-1997
Sat, 08-18-2012 - 6:48pm

First of all, I am sorry about the hep-c. Do your doctors know that you still drink ? What do they say?

You may need inpatient, I don't know. 

I never went to rehab, but I went to AA. I went to meetings and didn't drink. I was suicidal and wanted to live. I did. I haven't had a drink since 1989. My husband was 23 when he stopped drinking in 1987. He is now 25 years clean and sober...not even weed. He didn't go to rehab either.

There are many different ways to get and stay sober. Choose life

 

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Sun, 08-19-2012 - 5:42pm

DISCLAIMER: I can't possibly imagine what you are going through.  But, since you posted on the friends and family territory, here goes.

I was never an addict, but my DH is now 7 months sober.  He didn't go to rehab.  He was in the care of a psychiatrist for addiction and depression, and went to AA.  He continues to go.  Perhaps you should try it, along with the care of a doctor?

Express!

Beth "Petrouchka"

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Registered: 10-08-2002
Sun, 08-19-2012 - 10:58pm
OK...here goes. I do know that nobody could scare me into not drinking. If that worked, I could have quit years before I did. It was not until I was able to see where alcohol was running my life that I got willing to do anything about it. I also have hep c. I did not get diagnosed until I was eight years sober. By that time, I had worked the steps and embarked on a new way of life....but it still threw me for a loop. I found out at the same time that I had cancer of the liver due to the hepatic tumors that the hep c had caused. I had about 3 months before it was rampant thru my body and I would die. I began the footwork for a transplant. I was turned down 2 times. I had my SS started...was pulled out of work and told to make my peace with my maker. They would keep me comfortable. That was when my tools that I learned in the rooms of AA came into play. I did all the footwork and trusted God in the outcome. I truly was ok no matter what the end result. Before I got sober, I would have been kicking and screaming to anyone that would listen to poor, poor me. They decided at the last minute to put me on the list but said that I would not make it to the transplant. I did not have time. I only had about 3 months....well, my God that I found in the rooms of AA had a different idea. While doctors are good and needed, they can not predict God's will with His children. I got the call at 7 weeks into the 3 month period and I am still here to tell the story. I did know thru my testing to get on the list that nobody that had drank or smoked within 6 months would be on the list. Thank God I had been sober for 8 years and no cigs for 6 years. God was definately preparing me for something when I got sober and smober. (free from cigs). The trick is to stay involved with the program, get a sponsor, and be at meetings as often as possible in the beginning....do the work....and if you truly want to get sober, you will......if you want to be sober 51% more than the 49% that wants to drink, you will make a great start. It is a journey, and a darn good one at that. (I wasnt too sure of that in the beginning). Drinking on a liver that has hep c is like pouring gasoline on a fire....you are just burning up that liver and it can not rejuvenate after it reaches a certain point of damage. So, I would like to encourage you to go to meetings and get involved. The life you save may be your own....Hep C is a blood born virus...I still have it...a transplant does not cure it.....once you have a virus you have it for life...but you can have a life with one. I am living proof. I am still here, talking to you almost 7 years since my diagnoses of death. It was not God's will, because I was doing those things He wanted me to do....and I did not even know it at the time. I have to sign this to you as "A Grateful Alcoholic/Drug Addict."
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