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Old 02-10-2016, 06:27 AM
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36 Today:)

According to my late sponsor, I took my last drink on Saturday 9 Feb 1980. I got my self to AA with the help of a very kind 12 stepper who spent his entire Sunday afternoon with me. I was at death's door and only 22 years of age. I didn't know much about the drinking problem, all I knew was I wanted the misery and madness to stop, and I was willing to do anything to make that happen.

I went to meetings, I got a sponsor, I took antabuse, I took the steps. I didn't really have any faith, I felt hopeless, I didn't think I would last 21 days, my previous record. 21 days is such a long time. I never even took a note of the day I stopped.

I had no belief in a god, no experience of a happy sober life, all sobriety had been miserable in my experience.

Three months later, I am into step nine, my sponsor rings and tells me I have 3 months up! I couldn't believe it. While I was plodding away with the steps, the desire to drink had gone and it never came back. The whole world seemed to change at that point, from cold and forbiding to warm and welcoming.

My ideas and attitudes changed too, though often in spite of my self.

As I look back over 36 years of continuous sobriety, the striking thing for me is that none of it was my work. I never succeeded in changing a single thing about myself, I did not engineer my own recovery, nor lay out my life plan. I don't think I had much to do with it at all. The things that happened in my life, the doors that opened, the people I came to know and love, have all been beyond anything I could have imagined.

I came to AA a non believer who was willing to believe if I got some proof. I followed some simple suggestions and I got my proof. The central foundation of my sobriety today is a loving God as I understand him through experiencing the work he has done on me. My relationship with Him has enabled me to withstand all that life has thrown at me without the need for a drink, and it has given me the freedom to go anywhere that free men can go. In fact it has given me total freedom from alcohol and/or the influence of alcohol in my life. And it has been done pretty much in spite of myself (That means the credit goes to Him not me)

Thank you for being here and sharing this moment with me.

Just a parting thought. I found the steps impossible to understand in advance. I took the action first, and the understanding came some time later.
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Old 02-10-2016, 06:31 AM
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Congratulations Mike, and thank you for your participation in the forum. I've read many of your posts over the years.

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Old 02-10-2016, 06:39 AM
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thats awesome!

people with years and years sobriety cast a tall shadow for others with less its intimidating as we sit in awe of geeze how? ::scratching heads:: But its also very inspireing to know that it is indeed possible and can be done. Despite the stuff that life has probably thrown at you in the last 36 years you still remained sober. Thats pretty stinking amazing good job!.
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Old 02-10-2016, 06:52 AM
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Thank you for sharing this and I'm happy for you!
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:05 AM
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Long time without taking a drink

Grats to you my friend!!
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Old 02-10-2016, 07:50 AM
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Congrats on 36 years sober!
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You've been sober for longer than I've been alive!

What an inspiration!

Thank you for posting!!
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:25 AM
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Congratulations Mike.

It was people like you, that guided me through my early days of sobriety and continue to do so now.

Thank you.
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Hi Mike .

Congratulations my friend you have been an good example to me since I joined here and even through cyber space its apparent to me that you live the program thank you from the bottom of my heart , take care .
Regards Stevie recovered 12 03 . 2006
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:35 AM
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Congratulations on 36 years which is older than I am that sums that up

Thank you for sharing this

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Old 02-10-2016, 09:39 AM
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What a great post.

I love the sentiment.

Just do it.
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:40 AM
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I'd love to say too that you've been sober longer than I have been alive but I would be lying (by a couple of years mind you

Congratulations on 36 sober years Mike!!!

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WOW!!! 36 years is BEYOND HUGE
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:33 AM
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Congratulations Mike. And thanks so much for being here to share your wisdom with us on SR
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What a beautiful and inspirational post, Mike.

Congratulations on your great new life and 36 years of sobriety.
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Hey, Mike. Congratulations from another member of the sober at 22 club. Who would have thunk it way back when?

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All right, all right -- all you young 'uns talking that you're under 36 can stop now.

Gottalife, today I'm celebrating 30 days sober after 25+ years drinking. Your post is deep and it made a few amazing things pop out to me:
  • You were sober before I started drinking!
  • I drank for more years than you were alive when you got sober!
  • The blessing and miracle of sobriety never get boring!
  • Even an affliction as terrible as addiction can be a way to shine a light into someone's life. Look at the wonderful things (God!!) that came into your consciousness through that dark back alley entrance of alcoholism!

Thank you for sharing this and giving us an opportunity to contemplate what decades mean, and how the passage of time will help us understand the hidden blessing in our struggles. May the sun continue to shine for you, each and every day!
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Thirty six years is AWESOME, Mike! And thanks for your contributions here at SoberRecovery.
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Wow congratulations, Mike!! Great post! Happy Birthday!!
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Old 02-10-2016, 01:29 PM
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It's been a pleasure knowing you Mike. I'm glad I told you about SR all those years ago You're doing a lot of good (but isn't that what it's all about?)...

BTW Dick B. is now attending that big meeting in the sky bless his soul. (Why is it that there seems to be something about lawyers that I find disagreeable?)
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