Words of Wisdom

Reaching Out – You Are Not Alone

Reach OutDay 7 at 3PM, another few hours and week 1 is in the books.  I have reached out to my KTC brothers over the past day or so for different reasons.

  1. A quick call, just wanted to make an introduction, testing the waters.
  2. A quick call, I was on tilt and needed to vent.
  3. A quick PM, someone else who knows what I am going through.

The first 2 calls were to people who sent me phone numbers early on and the last call was something I initiated via PM on the forum.

These were not easy calls for me.  The thoughts going through my head were not good ones – I am a weak pussy, I am going to be telling someone that I have been dipping for over 20 years, and I am desperate and need help right now.  I made the calls anyway.  Staying quit is more important than being embarrassed or ashamed, that was the worst case scenario in my mind.  I didn’t want to burden anyone else with my problems.  I swallowed some pride and grabbed the phone.

The conversations with my brothers helped me.  It wasn’t the difference between quit and not quit, but it makes the quit better knowing you are not alone.  There is tremendous residual value for those quick calls that last well past hanging up.  It is further validation that others have the same struggles I am facing and are getting through it.  Proof that it can be done.

I am not much of a guide for quit, 7 days of experience is pretty limited, but I recommend that the new folks grab some phone numbers and use them.  You may have to make a few calls to get someone live, but it is worth it.  If you read someone’s introduction that makes you laugh or resembles your situation, send a PM with your number – we joined KTC so we wouldn’t have to go at it alone.

Smooth sailing for the rest of today and I will be staring tomorrow with a full week of quit in the can.

NOTE: This piece written by KillTheCan.org forum member aaronep

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