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    Hi everyone … I’m the new guy and I’m glad I found this site.

    I’m a 34 year old male with a decade+ long drinking problem. I was unable to attend my family Christmas gathering this year thanks to this, so I’m getting really worried. I spent Christmas Eve and now Christmas Day alone. Not a good time.

    I have an amazing job that pays me very well and I don’t want to lose. Unfortunately, I have been taking a lot of days off recently due to withdrawal symptoms.

    Last week I tried to quit and didn’t have any alcohol for 5 days. It was extremely hard. Between the initial withdrawal symptoms (shaking, unsteady, dizzy) and the mental stuff (lonely, feelings of regret, bad memories) it was quite overwhelming. So I relapsed. Again.

    I realize this is, overall, a willpower issue … and I want out of it. I guess I’m just looking for advice on how to get out of this hole and still be able to keep my job and get my life back.

    The time off and cost required for a proper medical rehab isn’t a great option at this point.

    I’d appreciate advice from anyone who has been through a similar situation.

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