Posted on Oct 9, 2017
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Alcoholism - and alcohol in general, is a topic that, though we bring up as leaders, is shied away from. We hear it from out subordinates (and even our leaders) all the time. "Im going to get so drunk this weekend!" or "I can't wait to go home and get smashed!" We talk about responsible drinking all the time, but many of us do this because it's what "we're supposed to SAY". What are you DOING about it? For some of us, alcoholism is an issue that hits a lot closer to home. Perhaps it's a battle you have to live with. What advice do you have to active duty service member or your fellow veterans who are struggling with alcohol or who are new to sobriety?
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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My advice is this...

Know that there are good people out there who care about you and want to help if possible. As I said in your other thread, many people drink or do drugs to escape their pain in their lives. Whatever that may be.

Keep looking forward and don't turn around. If you turn around, you will be tempted to see what is back there.

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Capt Marty Hogan
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You have to change your life habits. Find new hobbies, change your friends, stay positive, and join a support group. AA is a great start. Last...faith. when you lost it is when you lost yourself.


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SSG Donald Mceuen
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try not to let it control your world. Don't let it put you in jail.
and if you fall off the wagon just get back up and start again.
Find a good reason to stay sober and stick by it.
all this is from experience we all slip but we have to restart and have faith in
something so find it.
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