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Juhan




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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:36 pm    Post subject: Tri to recover from alcohol or drug abuse? Reply with quote

I was just wondering if anybody else here feels triathlon has helped them to recover from alcohol or drug misuse.

I am really curious based upon my own experience in this regard and as I am doing a study on the topic.

Thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Join the Pathetic Triathletes Group on FB. A lot of them on there seem to have battled their demons and I'm sure will help you.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Tri to recover from alcohol or drug abuse? Reply with quote

Juhan wrote:
I was just wondering if anybody else here feels triathlon has helped them to recover from alcohol or drug misuse.

I am really curious based upon my own experience in this regard and as I am doing a study on the topic.

Thanks in advance!


I think for me recovering from abuse is perhaps a but too far. But, I used to drink way more than is healthy. I was never dependent on it but drank too much too often.

I now go through phases of just not drinking at all and being focused on triathlon really helps with that. I can't train with a hangover other than a short easy ride or possibly a run. but nothing intense and I can't swim.

I am now fully in to IM training and so wont be drinking pretty much at all for the next few months. If I wasn't training for tri I think I would find it a lot harder to not drink as there are fewer reasons not to.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All I can tell you is that when you quit alcohol it screws with your mind.

For several months my brain was like tangled spaghetti and concentration was a real problem. My gp confirmed that is paws (post acute withdrawal symptoms) kicking in. Now at coming up to 1 and 3/4 years (with occasional drinks) and am pretty much back to normal, but it has been a long infuriating process to enable proper focus once again. Giving up alcohol is the easy bit.

And if anyone tells you that if you take a drink you will fall back into drinking too much, that, for me at least, is absolute tosh. Though I donít really like the taste that much anymore.

Just wish that I felt the same way about food!

All the best with it.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SloggingScotsman wrote:

And if anyone tells you that if you take a drink you will fall back into drinking too much, that, for me at least, is absolute tosh. Though I donít really like the taste that much anymore.

Just wish that I felt the same way about food!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JamieMcP wrote:
SloggingScotsman wrote:

And if anyone tells you that if you take a drink you will fall back into drinking too much, that, for me at least, is absolute tosh. Though I donít really like the taste that much anymore.

Just wish that I felt the same way about food!
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Abstinence is a lot easier than restraint


absinthe requires restraint...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JamieMcP wrote:
SloggingScotsman wrote:

And if anyone tells you that if you take a drink you will fall back into drinking too much, that, for me at least, is absolute tosh. Though I donít really like the taste that much anymore.

Just wish that I felt the same way about food!
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Abstinence is a lot easier than restraint


Definitely. I tried to cut down, was almost impossible. Giving up for months at a time was relatively easy.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iwaters wrote:
JamieMcP wrote:
SloggingScotsman wrote:

And if anyone tells you that if you take a drink you will fall back into drinking too much, that, for me at least, is absolute tosh. Though I donít really like the taste that much anymore.

Just wish that I felt the same way about food!
.


Abstinence is a lot easier than restraint


Definitely. I tried to cut down, was almost impossible. Giving up for months at a time was relatively easy.
i went without a drink for perhaps 3 months, then treated myself to a mojito on my birthday. Over the course of that first year I had precisely 15 drinks. This year I make the point of having a drink at the end of every month, perhaps a glass of port. And sometimes a beer or two or whatever during the month. So perhaps on average one drink a week. Zero problems.

Now if anyone has any idea how to deal with food addiction I am listening. Though you need to understand that I live in a stressed environment and comfort eat, and getting out of that environment is not really an option, and have successfully lost 7.5 stones in the past. But I am remarkably healthy.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually started tris to be able to upweight my cake intake. And wear lycra legitimately.
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