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I'm on my way, but...

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I donít want 3 or 4 beers, I want 6 or 8. OK.
My family is pressuring me. What can I tell them? "I'm responsible."
Telling myself "I canít drink today" makes me want it more. Welcome to ambivalence!
Abstaining feels edgy, awful, sleep-disturbed, anxious. Is this normal? That's not unusual.
My slip-ups and failures prove I need to be harder on myself, punish myself more, right? Not necessarily.
Iím so frustrated because I am in failure mode. I just keep drinking despite my resolve not to. Stop and evaluate.
Iím worried about "freshman euphoria". This seems too easy! Excellent!
I feel deprived when I'm not drinking. Reframe it!
Can I just do a 30 and be done with it? Nope.
How long does it take to really moderate? That varies.
Iíve hit a plateau -- a bit of progress made, but not enough, and Iím feeling stuck -- what now? Examine it.
Moderation: A result? An event? No, a process.
Not drinking (or drinking less) feels artificial, contrived. What now? Think about it.
Will I always have to be obsessed about drinking moderately? Yes and no.
What about backsliding? Relapsing? They're natural.
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