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Drying out
Posted: Posted November 13th by Cetasaurus
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It sucks. I'm only on day one. Jiminy Christmas. What am I even supposed to do? Connect to people? Focus on personal growth? Disgusting.

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I suppose you mean no alcohol? How long are you doing it for? And for what purpose? How much do you normally drink?

Sorry to blast you with questions.

Posted November 13th by Vandy
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Get a nice overengaging hobby. Gotta activate those dopamine pathways somehow.

Edited November 14th by Xhin
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Ground's what's around

I suppose you mean no alcohol?

Yeah!

How long are you doing it for?

Just planning on a month right now. Should give me plenty of time to flush out my system. Then I can evaluate where I'm at from a point of relative clarity?

And for what purpose?

There are a lot of reasons. I've been kinda locked in tailspin since susurrous died. I think the thing that finally helped me realize I need to straighten out is something my mom said. I had to fill out some medical forms for some unrelated health problems I've been having. And they wanted to know how my grandparents died. So I asked my mom how Grandpa died. And she just said, "Alcoholism," which was news to me.

How much do you normally drink?

I'm too embarrassed to say.

Sorry to blast you with questions.

You're good! Sorry for kinda vague-posting, lol.

Get a nice overengaging hobby. Gotta activate those dopamine pathways somehow.

Hell yeah. Any suggestions?

Edited November 14th by Cetasaurus
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Cetasaurus
Formerly KM8

I can't believe I'm just supposed to sit here and have feelings. What the hell is this bullshit.

Posted November 14th by Cetasaurus
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probably best to take a break if you've been drinking every day!

Posted November 14th by poptart!
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i personally need to lay off the kratom. i've been doing it a bit too much

Posted November 14th by poptart!
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I had to fill out some medical forms for some unrelated health problems I've been having.


You'd be surprised what's related to what. Excessive alcohol use can tax your organs and cause them to perform worse in general. Also stress/psychological stuff can have an effect on physical stuff.

Not saying you should stop either of those things (if that's even possible), just that they can have an indirect effect on your physical health.

I'm too embarrassed to say.


I have friends who drink, and I have friends who drink. I'm kind of curious where you fall too though I'm not going to judge you for it. PM maybe?

Any suggestions?


Take some of mine, I have too many of them to do anything useful with most of them:

  • Programming -- gtx0 obviously. I've also been making some money doing this, and I have a nice portfolio here:
    https://github.com/Xhin23
  • Psychedelic art -- I've made somewhere in the ballpark of 5,000 pieces since 2010. Very relaxing and engaging hobby, looking to monetize it this year:
    https://www.facebook.com/artluvultra
  • Worldbuilding -- currently have a long-running project here I've been working on intermittently:
    http://www.verduria.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=243
  • Music -- I've intermittently made music in either of these places:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkCZnOPqlMAVithn4KjEFKw https://dogsinmrimachines.newgrounds.com/
  • Nutrition/biochem stuff -- for some reason I have an absurd amount of knowledge here. I like responding to various questions/articles in very detailed ways:
    https://www.reddit.com/user/Fognox/
  • Game development -- I've been working on something called shatterloop, which is also the culmination of a very long line of game ideas:
    https://gtx0.com/index.php?forum=Shatterloop
    There's also NIFE, or there will be when I swing back to it.

  • Videogames -- I mean you're on gametalk sooo. I like open world / roleplayable / survival-type games, those are about as engaging as games get.

    I also have a bunch of hobbies and interests on the permanent backburner. I'm pretty busy all of the time. Doing productive/engaging stuff also really does help a lot with depression/stress/existential crises/etc. I've learned recently that being productive with a hobby can also help you be productive elsewhere despite the time sink.

  • Edited November 14th by Xhin
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    Ground's what's around

    Other hobbies -

    Writing/Journaling -

    Maybe you want to try out some creativity, but, like me, are only mediocre at drawing. It may be fun to try your hand at short stories or small writing prompts. Same goes for if you just want to read a little to indulge in a little healthy escapism. Just find something you like..

    Since you've been dealing with some hard thoughts/feelings, it may be too soon for this, but journaling to just let it out can be super cathartic. Just get out how you feel & what you think in a healthy way instead of keeping it in and trying not to feel. It may be a little too soon for you - and that's okay - but I'd really encourage this at some point when you feel like you're ready to try facing some of those feelings you're having a hard time with now.

    I'm so sorry for your loss - I recently read all the comments on that thread from back then
    - it sounds like he was much loved and had a lot of people who cared about him. I hope you find a healthy way to overcome your grief, here, and find a way to really embrace his memory without putting yourself through the wringer keep us posted!

    Edited November 14th by Weird Occurance
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    I am up to face time if you ever need to.

    Posted November 15th by S.O.H.
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    My mother went through a similar spiral following my dad's passing; she actually used alcohol as a coping mechanism for the grief. I see a lot of similarities to that in your own situation, and to that end I congratulate you for realizing what was happening and taking steps to clean yourself up. My mother quit drinking a bit more than a year ago, and it changed her life completely; she actually has a life now, she's not dependent on alcohol just to fall asleep every night, she's working full-time, and physically speaking, she is so, so much healthier now overall.

    My dad and I were beyond the best of friends, and his passing was like losing half of myself; mayhap my relationship with my dad wasn't quite in the same vein as yours with susurrous (father-son versus two friends who could have been brothers), but I've felt much of what you're feeling now, and I've seen my mother go through much of the same, right down to the alcohol. Just remember that there are plenty of resources out there that you can turn to should you need them for support, including, of course, all of us here on GT.

    Posted November 15th by Black Yoshi
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