- HEALTH TRACKER
Oh, Dawn. I just read your post. I am not here a whole lot, but when I think of the Illinois board, you are the person I think of the most. I have always admired your courage and positive attitude. Today is no different. Thank you for putting it out there. You are clearly not alone and I am sure your candor helped a lot of people.
Lots of people talk about "cross addictions" after WLS, from alcohol to shopping to sex to drugs. I have seen plenty of people screw up their families and lives because they could not jump into food again for escape. (Hell, I used to escape to White Castle, McDonald's, Taco Bell and other places several times a week just to feel better! Now, five years after my DS, I still go to those places, but way less often. I am glad that self-soothing behavior is still available to me, but I wonder what life would be like if I could control it though some clever "mind over matter" thing?)
My dad was a sweet, bumbling alcoholic, but an alcoholic nonetheless. I maybe have about 1 drink a month as a consequence. It's a slippery slope that I try to stay away from. I will always be afraid. Just one or two sips and I am giggly drunk. That euphoria lasts just a few minutes though, so it loses its thrill for me. If I go past one drink in a quick timeframe, I am drunk for a good half hour or more and don't like it.
I am glad you are seeking help. I think the key to healing will come as you figure out what you may be trying to escape from in your life (childhood issues, insecurity, fear, abuse, disappointment, change, middle age--lots to things to escape from in this world!), first with food and then with alcohol. I highly recommend therapy, if you are not already going. It can really help you take time to focus on YOU, which is hard when you're a busy mom. I am still a work in progress and I still long to escape lots of times. But therapy helps me stay centered and in the "now." The solutions to my problems are not at the store, or in a bottle or someone else's bed. They are in me.
I wish you all the luck, strength and courage in the world.
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