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Alcohol Inception

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by lonewolves, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. lonewolves

    lonewolves Community Champion

    So, if you haven’t seen the movie Inception, and aren’t aware of the premise, it is essentially about a dream within a dream, within a dream etc.

    I am about three weeks away from my 4 year anniversary (or soberversary, as I like to call it) from not drinking alcohol.

    This is great and all - but even 4 years later, I’m not able to shake these reoccurring dreams I have. Occasionally I have had dreams where I forget I don’t drink, and I drink. But more frequently I have different dreams about those dreams. While I am dreaming, I will tell someone that I don’t drink and then remember those times I accidentally drank (in my other dreams) which causes me to be filled with anxiety and guilt.

    Anyways, even if you have never experienced these dream inceptions, have you ever had a dream about using that felt so realistic that you questioned whether or not it actually happened?
  2. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    I have done both,I wake up and do a shot of dope to then wake up and make sure I don't have a needle in my arm,I also have the same nightmare every night and wake up searching for someone who isn't here...but anyways yes you are not the only one
  3. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    i've had very realistic dreams too.... and wonder when i woke up if it really happened... interesting!
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  4. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    I hope that in time those dreams will go away, @lonewolves. They don't sound like much fun.
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  5. Cametobelieve0202

    Cametobelieve0202 Community Champion

    I have 4 1/2 years sober and I have those dreams on a relatively regular basis. I wake up and think I’ve thrown it all away. Or more often it’s in my dream that I dream I wake up and have thrown it all away. I never dream of the actually drinking but just waking up shocked that I had drank and feeling so stupid and remorseful. I’m sick of that dream. I’ve had it at least a hundred times. Maybe cuz it’s one of my biggest fears? That I’ll accidentally somehow drink and then give it all up and go back to the hell that was my life.
  6. Dominica

    Dominica Author, Writer, Recovery Advocate Community Listener

    @Cametobelieve0202 Hey there. This is something I've never really studied out, but I do know it is common. I'd be interested to see what Carl Jung had to say about using dreams. o_O
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  7. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    Congrats on your 4.5 years of sobriety, @Cametobelieve0202. That's awesome! Also, FWIW... I sometimes have the same kind of dreams about smoking cigarettes, which I quit almost 30 years ago. I'm so relieved when I wake up and realize I was just dreaming!
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  8. True concern

    True concern Moderator

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  9. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    Where are you?I hope all is well would really like to hear from you
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