Nurses who drink too muc

  1. Hi, I work in LTC, have for 2 years since graduating (RN) Does anyone know of any support groups for nurses who drink too much? I don't drink at work. I drink when I get home and stop in time to get up and be sober for work. The longest I have went lately without drinking is 11 days. (Longest ever, 5 months) I'd appreciate any responses.
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  3. by   Cindy Johnston
    I would highly recommend start with AA, you will probably meet other professionals and find there are others with much in common with you...I went to al-anon for years and then went back to church and am a born again Christian and God has taken the desire from me to party like I used to...the hardest part is asking for help...I will be thinking of you...
  4. by   zacsmimi
    call your state board. ask for a referral to support groups for nurses with substance abuse issues. They are out there. DONT STOP asking until you get help. YES to to AA - they might have ideas for you, too. Im shocked that you havent had a ton of responses to your cry for help. Hang in there!!!!
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'm a recovering alcoholic myself. I didn't stay with AA, probably only a few months after I first got sober almost 13 years ago, but it was long enough to break through my denial and straighten out my way of looking at life, and I owe my ongoing sobriety to the good start they gave me.

    Best wishes for your recovery.
  6. by   Nurse Ratched
    Wow - this post is six years old.
  7. by   debRN0417
    Quote from Nurse Ratched
    Wow - this post is six years old.
    How does this happen?...the post being so old, I mean.
  8. by   CHATSDALE
    that is strange...i frequently don't look at the date when it pops up on screen...but i hope that OP found the help that [s]he was looking for...now i have a related problem...last week i was leaving work p 16 hours and the oncoming nurse in another unit came by and state that she was 1/2 drunk and that don/adon had told her to come on in and sober...actually she didn't look too bad and there was another nurse to cover if it had become necessary...i couldn't have stayed p a 16 hour shift...thats the limit...i was really concerned about what i should have done and how well it went ... i called back about 3am and everything was ok but i feel that everyone concerned including me had their license on the lline...i feel like my head is lying in a guillotine...
  9. by   Antikigirl
    I will not drink 24 hours before a shift! I just can't...I am not a drinker really, and I get sick and yucky feeling, so I have to wait that long to feel human again! LOL!

    One day..oh this is rich...I got a call asking me to fill in for a sick nurse. It was in the middle of summer, hot day..had some friends over to let their kids swim in our pool. We had just sat down to some hard lemonaide and conversation. I had had 1, and got the call and said I could not come into work. The receptionist asked why...and I said that I had had a wine cooler just 15 mins before, and can not work for 8 hours according to our states laws. She said "well what are we suppose to do now?" (as if it was all my fault) and I said "well I don't know about you..but I am going to enjoy another wine cooler now! LOL!!!!!!".

    Then I over heard her tell my boss "she is drunk, so she can't come in"! I was floored and told the receptionist to hand the phone over to my boss right then and there. I explained that I had had ONE wine cooler on my scheduled day off, had guests over...and wasn't DRUNK! She laughed so hard and said "heck..have one for me too hon, don't worry about it at all! It isn't like I don't have wine with dinner, or go out with my friends for drinks...have fun, we will find someone to fill in".

    I was so floored though...my boss laughed at me the next day I worked and kept calling me 'hey drunkie' so I knew it was okay and they didn't think I was some boozer! But oh man was I so embarrest!!!!! And why??? It was my day off!!!! LOL!

    Now we tell eachother which wines are best, which microbrews we have tried...and get along so well..LOL!!!!!!!! Go figure!!!!! LOL!!!!!
  10. by   z's playa
    Post may be 6 years old but the addiction lasts forever.
  11. by   Boop
    Z's Playa,

    AWESOME reply!!!!!!!!!
    Last edit by Boop on Nov 8, '04 : Reason: wrong spelling
  12. by   CHATSDALE
    Quote from TriageRN_34
    I will not drink 24 hours before a shift! I just can't...I am not a drinker really, and I get sick and yucky feeling, so I have to wait that long to feel human again! LOL!

    One day..oh this is rich...I got a call asking me to fill in for a sick nurse. It was in the middle of summer, hot day..had some friends over to let their kids swim in our pool. We had just sat down to some hard lemonaide and conversation. I had had 1, and got the call and said I could not come into work. The receptionist asked why...and I said that I had had a wine cooler just 15 mins before, and can not work for 8 hours according to our states laws. She said "well what are we suppose to do now?" (as if it was all my fault) and I said "well I don't know about you..but I am going to enjoy another wine cooler now! LOL!!!!!!".

    Then I over heard her tell my boss "she is drunk, so she can't come in"! I was floored and told the receptionist to hand the phone over to my boss right then and there. I explained that I had had ONE wine cooler on my scheduled day off, had guests over...and wasn't DRUNK! She laughed so hard and said "heck..have one for me too hon, don't worry about it at all! It isn't like I don't have wine with dinner, or go out with my friends for drinks...have fun, we will find someone to fill in".

    I was so floored though...my boss laughed at me the next day I worked and kept calling me 'hey drunkie' so I knew it was okay and they didn't think I was some boozer! But oh man was I so embarrest!!!!! And why??? It was my day off!!!! LOL!

    Now we tell eachother which wines are best, which microbrews we have tried...and get along so well..LOL!!!!!!!! Go figure!!!!! LOL!!!!!
    LOL...that reminds me of a one time i was trying to get someone to come in for a shift..i called this one nurse and he said no i can't come in I"M DRUNK AS A SKUNK ... I didn't know if our don was as human as yours so i just put down 'unavailable' down by his name

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