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 Post subject: Pacificman's Cure
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:53 am 
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It has been 12 weeks and 3 days.

Another night out last night 12/4. Had about a beer per hour, then had to switch to rum and coke because I was tired and wanted to go home. Had 3. Barely got buzzed, and got home before 12. These nights out have been with the heavy hitters. This is probably about the most I will consume, I lag behind and find it hard to keep up with all the usual round buying. Funny how the tables turned so quick. I was always the fastest before. I even saw an A and W root beer lined up on the shelf as bars do, and really had a craving for one. It is ridiculous how little attraction alcohol now has.

I don't know how much this logging has contributed to my success, but I am glad I stuck to it and listed every single drinking session since I started 12 weeks ago. Even though I did not count my units, (as I would binge and have such far ranging numbers as 0-300 units per week), but I can say that i probably drink about 1/8 of what i used to. Whats more important is that I have complete control over what and when i drink as well as the ability to stop consuming at any time. Blackouts, coming in at all hours, 2-3 day hangovers, $500 nights, etc. ceased to exist the day I started TSM. I also lost that euphoric desire to get to a bar and start drinking. I don't plan my days and nights, or even my travels around getting booze any more.

I was extremely lucky, as alcohol did not have the chance to ruin my life. It of course affected me adversely, but I caught it in time. I would have eventually killed myself one way or another if I had not started this drug. Was I an Alcoholic? I still don't know. I know I was not physically addicted as i did not get symptoms when stopping cold turkey for a month, but i was certainly psychologically addicted, and i was most certainly a severe problem drinker. An alcoholic? Maybe... I dont care. I'm not anymore if I was. Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic?
BULL S&*#.

Thanks to those that made comments, and im sorry I did not have more time to help others here, but I wish you all the best. I will probably not post so much anymore unless i get any notes of distinction. My case appeared to be textbook, and I am thankful. Whether it was the genes, my drinking patterns or the brain chemistry, it all went so perfectly well.

Good Luck to all the TSM'rs out there,

Pac Man

Pac Man's Weekly Progress http://www.thesinclairmethod.net/community/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1909&sid=69c843dd5b37d08d7824a12b2f2d108d

Pac Man's Introduction http://www.thesinclairmethod.net/community/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1835&p=22132&sid=69c843dd5b37d08d7824a12b2f2d108d&sid=69c843dd5b37d08d7824a12b2f2d108d#p22132


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 Post subject: Re: Pacificman's Cure
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:55 am 
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Glad to hear it, man-- i too, was a party drinker and I too experienced immediate gains from TSM. I called it cured at around 4 months, too.

Let me just caution you that the journey/battle never ends. Drinking will probably rear its ugly head from time to time in the future. But now you have a powerful set of tools (Nal and your experience with it) to control alcohol if and when it does flare up a bit.

Congrats.


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 Post subject: Re: Pacificman's Cure
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:24 am 
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Congrats Pacificman!!! Others have mentioned and I tend to agree that TSM seems to work really well for the party drinker types. Please check back and update your progress every so often so we know that TSM continues to work in the long term. The more data we get, the better. I am truly happy for you!!!

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Pre TSM, binge drinker, 0-60 USA Units/Week
On TSM since 9/30/10
Weeks: Average Units/Week
1-4: 38
5-8: 39
9-12: 25
13-16: 24
17-20: 18
21-24: 8
25-28: 4 Regained Control at Week 26
29-32: 6
Latest Weeks: Units
33-36: 12, 5, *, *


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 Post subject: Re: Pacificman's Cure
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:19 pm 
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Way to go Pacman! Congratulations on getting your life back. I have feeling the cured list is going to be getting longer in the next few months. I'm glad to see your name on it.

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Began TSM 7/19/10 Pre-TSM 50-70 US (106UK/84AU)
Ave. units/4 weeks for 1 year (#AF/4 wks) 22.8(1AF),29(0),30(1),27(2),23(2),20(6),16(8),17(9),13(12),15.5(9),15.8(11),15.1(10),14.6(11)
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 Post subject: Re: Pacificman's Cure
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 6:25 am 
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Well done and congratulations! Great to see another name on the list.


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 Post subject: Re: Pacificman's Cure
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:53 am 
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It's been about 4 months since my last post declaring myself cured.

I drink even less these days, and sometimes go 3 weeks without a drink. I bought way too much stock of Nal thinking I would never have such little desire to drink. Without a doubt, an amazing continued success. Not much else to report or say...I'm just living a safe, happy, healthy normal life these days.


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 Post subject: Re: Pacificman's Cure
PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:40 pm 
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Pacificman,that is sooo great to hear and thanks for coming back 4 months later to let us know all is even better.I know those follow ups mean a lot for me anyway.
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 Post subject: Re: Pacificman's Cure
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:19 am 
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Pacificman - Thanks for the follow-up. It is always good to hear of someone's success with TSM. Glad to hear you are still doing well and hope to join you soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Pacificman's Cure
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:16 pm 
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Like Nemo and Pacificman and St. Vincent (among others), my 'cure' was textbook. I gained control after 4 months and became indifferent to alcohol after 5 months. Who could have ever believed that the process could be so easy and painless? I initially had only mild side effects: one episode of 5 min. nausea post 1st dose (25mg), some unremarkable wooziness and a week or so of light sleeping. I would have rather died an alcoholic than surrendered to AA. I only wish TSM worked for everyone in the same way it worked for me.
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77 to 90u (USA)

Week 21: 2,2,0,0,0,0,0 (Total: 4u) +5AF


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 Post subject: Re: Pacificman's Cure
PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:37 pm 
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All of you guys are my heroes!!!! Congratulations Pac on successfully bagging the elephant that was once your alcoholism! All who go before us, the newbies (though that title irritates me) are true trail blazers. It gives me so very much hope.

I, too, have an aversion towards AA. A meeting makes want to drink. The jargon, the wallowing, the poor me, poor me, pour me another drink..... hate it. And I am not powerless. Sorry, ain't buying it.

My higher power is science. I applaud all of us and toast to our unabashed courage!

Best,

Ketchikan1


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