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Wed Nov 22, 2017, 11:07 AM

9 years. I should have posted here...

On Monday I got 9 years sober. I didn't think to post it here and then I was reminded that we celebrate not for ourselves, but so that others can see recovery is possible.

I'm old school recovery and by the grace of God, and a willingness to do his will, it has really worked for me.

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Reply 9 years. I should have posted here... (Original post)
HopeAgain Nov 2017 OP
Irish_Dem Nov 2017 #1
Break time Nov 2017 #2
rzemanfl Nov 2017 #3
tymorial Nov 2017 #4
onecaliberal Nov 2017 #5
JDC Nov 2017 #6
HopeAgain Nov 2017 #7
irisblue Nov 2017 #8
yallerdawg Nov 2017 #9
calimary Nov 2017 #10
Moostache Nov 2017 #11
lucca18 Nov 2017 #12
dem in texas Nov 2017 #13
Permanut Nov 2017 #14
Hulk Nov 2017 #15
fierywoman Nov 2017 #16
FailureToCommunicate Nov 2017 #17
KY_EnviroGuy Nov 2017 #18
adigal Nov 2017 #19
Iggo Nov 2017 #20
Rhiannon12866 Nov 2017 #21
TxDemChem Nov 2017 #22

Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 11:09 AM

1. Many congratulations!

Thank you for posting.

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 11:09 AM

2. Congrats...

Whichever plan works is the way to do it....

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 11:19 AM

3. A couple more decades and you'll forget to think about your anniversary. That's what

happened to me. Congrats again.

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 11:25 AM

4. I have 12 congrats°!!!!!

13 come march

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 11:26 AM

5. Way to go!

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 11:33 AM

6. Congrats! I hear the 10th year is the toughest, lol

If by old school it means that you will perhaps go to a gathering of other sober, and those with the desire to be sober, individuals, then do so - as you indicate it's about showing others that it is possible. Definitely share your experience, strength and hope with them as you did with us. Thanks for the post

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Response to JDC (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 11:45 AM

7. I actually have a friend who drank in his 10th year.

I plan to stay close to my gathering! Thanks everybody for the congrats.

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 12:20 PM

8. I need this today

Thank you. The hope, experience and strength are my need today.

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 12:41 PM

9. One day at a time.

And "suddenly" you have a new life!

Congratulations!

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 12:52 PM

10. Thats Fantastic!

Congratulations, HopeAgain! Thatís quite an accomplishment.

Recovery IS possible. You have to want it, sincerely, and be willing to do the work thatís necessary to achieve it. Perhaps most important: first you have to admit you have a problem (which we sure donít see a lot of in this era of epic denial!).

Itís hard! And youíve pulled yourself up! Iím certain you had support, but the hardest work was on you.

YOU ROCK!!!!

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 12:56 PM

11. Congrats and good luck with 9 more years to come...

Keep up the fight and keep earning those daily wins. Much respect and much support for the future!

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 01:04 PM

12. So happy for you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 01:05 PM

13. My dautghter has been over 20 yeras sober

Good on you! Stay with it and don't feel afraid to ask for help, a hug or a pat on the back when you have a "weak" moment.

My daughter started drinking a lot in college. After college she worked out her home as a free-lance artist. She would start drinking in the morning and go on all day. We didn't know as we did not live near her. She was in a bad traffic accident caused by her drunk driving and facing jail. She had a recovering friend who got her to go to AA. It worked for her, she got sober, got her life back on a positive track.

Stay with it's a win, win for you.

Another encouraging thing. My husband quit smoking at age 79, he started when he was 12. Last year, he almost died from a breathing problems. I had to rush him to emergency and he spent a week in the hospital. He quit while in the hospital. He is still wearing the stage 3 patch. I talked with his doctor and the doctor said it wouldn't hurt to wear the patch as long as he needed it. Way to go old boy!

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 01:28 PM

14. Great accomplishment..

23 years here. I have a new life. Still has challenges, but I deal with them sober.

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 01:45 PM

15. Happy for you and so impressed

I know "impression" is something we prefer to ignore, but how else can I say what you have done is nothing short of a miracle, and I respect how difficult it was to start, and it is each and every day to continue.

My landlord, and once good friend, had been sober for around 18 years while he was a professional airline pilot. When he retired, he returned to drinking. He's had two DUI's and spent 3 and 30 days in jail, paid thousands in fines, fees and higher insurance, and he let loose on me once too often, to where I want nothing to do with him any more. We were closest of friends for years.

Every day matters. Such character you are showing, everyday of your life...one day at a time.

Best wishes. You are proof that it can be possible with all the right grit.

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Wed Nov 22, 2017, 01:51 PM

16. BRAVISSIMO !!!

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Wed Nov 22, 2017, 01:55 PM

17. Congrats! Each day...

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 01:58 PM

18. Congratulation on 3285 days!

I just crossed 27 years doing ODAT. A lot of that was while traveling on business, carrying my books along and the serenity prayer for tough times.

Above all, keep it simple and pass it on. Be sure to let us know when you get that 10-year token!





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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Wed Nov 22, 2017, 02:05 PM

19. I have 7, congratulations!!! I'm not old school, art worked to keep me sane and sober

 

but whatever works is what is best.
Keep on going!!!

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Wed Nov 22, 2017, 09:43 PM

20. Yes!



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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Thu Nov 23, 2017, 08:47 AM

21. Congratulations! That's a lot of 24 hours!

I have 8.5 years as of last week, just One Day at a Time. Learning that is what worked for me. And I agree, thanks for sharing! I'm GSR for a beginners' group and we love celebrations since it shows those who are just starting out that it can be done...

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Response to HopeAgain (Original post)

Thu Nov 23, 2017, 11:00 AM

22. Congratulations to you!

It is a hard road, but I am so glad to hear you did it! Youíre an inspiration.

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