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Old 06-14-2013, 09:29 AM
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You know you are a recovering alcoholic if...

Been really enjoying this thread: http://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/...oholic-if.html. So I thought I'd start another one like it for recovering alcoholics.

Here's a few to get us started, but of course this thread is for everyone to add their own.

You know you are a recovering alcoholic if...

you're proud of yourself for eating breakfast.

you wake up without a hangover and think it's strange.

the most important thing on your to do list is to NOT drink and/or drug.

you suddenly realize that ALL of your friends are losers.

you suddenly realize that you were just as much of a loser.

you go to the grocery store to buy groceries and find yourself feeling lost and confused in the store even though you've been there 1000 times.

you're not sure what your favorite foods are anymore.

you realize that you actually hate all of your 'favorite' restaurants because you only went there to get smashed and upon sobering up you discover the food is TERRIBLE.

drunks suddenly seem like the biggest losers ever.

your bank account magically has more money in it.

you spend more time on SR than you used to spend drinking.

the to do list that never used to get shorter suddenly starts shrinking.
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Your kid needs a ride home after 7pm and you can actually go pick her up.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:35 AM
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by DG0409 View Post
you realize that you actually hate all of your 'favorite' restaurants because you only went there to get smashed and upon sobering up you discover the food is TERRIBLE.
This made me laugh. Know that feeling!


Some of mine:

You get a decent night's sleep for once.
You don't wake up feeling like death.
You can manage your weight again.
You remember every conversation and the last three hours of the night before bed.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:30 PM
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you are bored
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:33 PM
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you are bored

boo!




that's not recovering(ed) alcoholics.

that's alcoholics who just aren't drinking.
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There are people in your life that you actually want to see and speak with instead of pulling the curtains and hiding

There are people in your life that want to see and speak to you

You take the dog for a walk and to the park so much she now expects it every time you leave the house.

You magically had money you did not have before.

You record your shows on the DVR and only have to watch them once instead of two or three times

You wants lots of chocolate

In your free time you can, if you want to, go anywhere at anytime
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after cooking a meal you actually clean up the kitchen that night and not sometime that week.

you can read a book without having to squint

bathroom breaks aren't bad experiences anymore
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When your wife says you can only get a 6 pack because she knows how the story goes, so you come home withba "6 pack" of 16oz high gravity/alcohol content cans instead of a normal 6 pack
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You know you're recovering when:

...."Going out on Saturday" means a sunny morning hiking in the mountains.

....You wince when you see how terrible those people look drinking at the airport bar.

....You can make your weekly calls to friends & family AFTER lunchtime.

....You value your friendships based on quality, not quantity.

....Sure you're bored - but only because you've realized there are a lot more hours in the day now!

....You can answer the question "what did you do today?" honestly and without guilt!
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....your poop looks normal.
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Old 06-15-2013, 03:23 AM
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Originally Posted by bigsombrero View Post
you've realized there are a lot more hours in the day now!
True Dat!

It used to seem as though there was never enough time. Rush home, drink, drink faster, drinking stronger drinks all in the hope to get drunk before shoving some food in my face and falling asleep. Rinse and repeat all week.

The weekends...

Get up way to early. Run out as soon as the store opens. Get home and plop on the sofa for the rest of the day watching TV and drink. Drink, drink faster, drink stronger drinks. Chase that drunk.

There was never enough time when in reality it was never enough alcohol. One, was one to many and one more was never enough.

Now it seems I have all the time in the world. I feel free!
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