Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie

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9 Responses

  1. Mike says:

    Dont blame you. Speed is the same, very fucking yes please. Exactly like alcohol you dont realise how far its gone till your at the bottom looking up. I was lucky I realised, many dont. Its always there going remember the laughs, remember, remember… Your job is to always remember the bad. I find it weird how your brain is all negative normally, telling you how shit this and that is but with drugs, alcohol or whatever its like yay remember the good times… Fucking knob brain.

  2. Dylan says:

    Great post. From one sober ultrarunner to another, just keep doing what you’re doing. Sobriety is like ultrarunning – the key is relentless forward progress.

  3. Anonymous says:

    You’ve come a long way since you stopped drinking that special brew mate ūüėČ

  4. Thom says:

    Fantastic post! You’ve recognized a lot about yourself, made promises, and kept them. Seems simple on paper, but I know all-too-well how much it isn’t.

  5. Toastmonster says:

    This reminds me of a quote from the Irish writer Marian Keyes (who has a reputation as a ‘chick-lit’ 90s author, but who has written witty and profound novels about addiction). In her real life, she carefully explained to some relatives at Christmas or some such event why she wouldn’t be drinking, because she was an alcoholic. They appeared to listen carefully, then said ‘but you’ll have just one glass, won’t you?” They hadn’t listened at all.
    Responsible drinking for many people is no drinking at all.

  6. Stephen Lyons says:

    Another great post. Wise and honest and, as usual, brilliantly written. Nice one, Angry.

  7. Phil says:

    I never quite hit the point of alcohol dependency but I’ve had plenty of times when I feared I was approaching that point and sometimes I have to tell myself that no, I really don’t fancy that extra can as I’ve got running to do tomorrow. There’s a great scene in The West Wing where the late John Spencer’s character describes his own alcoholism:

    LM: “I’m an alcoholic. I don’t have one drink. I don’t understand people who have one drink. I don’t understand people who leave half a glass of wine on the table. I don’t understand people who say they’ve had enough. How can you have enough of feeling like this? How can you not want to feel like this longer? My brain works differently.”
    JK: “I don’t understand how you could have a drink. I don’t understand how, after everything you worked for, how on that day of all days you could be so stupid.”
    LM: “That’s because you think it has something to do with smart and stupid. Do you have any idea how many alcoholics are in Mensa? You think it’s a lack of willpower? That’s like thinking somebody with anorexia nervosa has an overdeveloped sense of vanity.”

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