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    Dry Drunk

    I am a wet drunk and proudly admit it, just looked up dry drunk.

    TPF has more than a few. https://www.soberrecovery.com/addiction/what-is-a-dry-drunk/

    “Dry Drunk Syndrome” is a slang expression derived from the 12-Step fellowship and AA Big Book. The idea is that while someone is in active addiction, he or she forms problematic trains of thoughts, attitudes, feelings and behaviors, and simply removing drugs and alcohol without targeting these residual issues does not lead to full recovery. According to this group, a “dry drunk” is someone who has given up drugs and alcohol but has not stopped behaving as they were in addiction, or has slowly regressed into chaotic and unrealistic thinking despite his or her initial efforts to fully recover. Dry drunkenness, which AA’s Big Book describes as being “restless, irritable and discontented,” is typically viewed as a strong precursor to an oncoming relapse.


    For those who are curious, here are 4 common attitudes that are usually considered symptoms of dry drunkenness and cause for closer attention.

    1. Grandiosity In 12-Step literature, grandiosity is the concept of being self-centered to the extreme.” It basically means to resume the same “the-world-revolves-around-me” attitude that the individual had during active addiction. To be grandiose doesn’t necessarily mean that the person has to believe that he or she is the best. In fact, it can also be exhibited by simply seeking attention through playing victim or sitting on the pity pot.

    2. Impulsivity Another common behavior linked to Dry Drunk Syndrome is poor impulse control. Individuals with this symptom tend to do what they want, when they want, with little regard to who they hurt in the process. Impulsivity can also be linked with grandiosity, as people may often engage in impulsive behaviors as a way of being the center of attention.

    3. Overly Judgmental Being overly judgmental can be a very destructive attitude for those in recovery, whether it be towards others or towards ourselves. For instance, when we judge ourselves to be better than others, we generally set up situations that inflate our own ego. While, on the other hand, when we judge ourselves to be much lower than others, we also wind up feeling bitter and having low self-esteem.

    4. Complacency Complacency is not only an attitude of somebody with Dry Drunk Syndrome, but also a red flag for anyone who is well into the relapse process. A key facet of being in recovery is moving forward in the right direction, regardless of how fast or slow you’re going. If you become lazy or disinterested in your recovery, the natural tendency is to fall back into addictive behaviors and eventually return to using again.

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    Why would you project your substance abuse issues onto anyone else?

    You don't know whether anyone here has a problem or not.
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    That Is All.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crepitus View Post
    Why would you project your substance abuse issues onto anyone else?

    You don't know whether anyone here has a problem or not.
    read the symptoms, see who it fits. Check it out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by resister View Post
    read the symptoms, see who it fits. Check it out...
    Ain't right man. Ain't right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crepitus View Post
    Ain't right man. Ain't right.
    So you deny that dry drunks exist?

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    SHUDDUP!.. and give me a beer!

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    I like how the list doesn't include old fuddy duddys who are to old and ugly to get laid by their ugly old ladies. Both of which are too drunk to $#@!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcfieldz View Post
    SHUDDUP!.. and give me a beer!
    I'll damn sure drink to that! After kicking crank, think I give a little $#@! if I drink beer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcfieldz View Post
    I like how the list doesn't include old fuddy duddys who are to old and ugly to get laid by their ugly old ladies. Both of which are too drunk to $#@!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by resister View Post
    So you deny that dry drunks exist?
    They exist but those symptoms, in whole or in part, are not unique to dry drunks. Your implication that tPF has more than a few is rather presumptuous and I suspect political.
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