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Old 07-28-2016, 09:56 AM
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I'm sober because I don't want to lose custody of my son. He's more important than a few glasses of chardonnay. Plus, I feel good and like myself better when I don't drink.
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Old 07-28-2016, 10:42 AM
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Because I am annoying when I drink.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:08 AM
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Because I enjoy driving around in my nice Tundra truck and a sweet little travel trailer hooked to the back. I still remember the days when I rode a motorized bicycle for a couple of years because I had no driver's license Bob
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:13 AM
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In 2013 I was diagnosed with liver inflammation and very high liver enzymes (3X normal) by my doctor through routine blood work. I was only 31. I also lied to her about how much I was drinking when asked. Told her 5-6 drinks a night (beer) when in fact it was 12-14 (vodka). I left that office sure as the day is long: I was never going to drink again.

I drank another year, every day.

Why do I stay sober today?

Well I got sober to heal my liver. A CT scan (at 18 months sober) and full blood work confirmed that it is completely healed. Normal size, normal enzymes.

I stay sober today because I want to live as long as I can (aka not drop dead of liver disease in my 30's). I feel like I was given a second chance and I'm not going to blow it.

I've been sober 25 months.
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Old 07-28-2016, 11:15 AM
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I stay sober today as I do not want any of the train wreck that is active alcoholism in my life today

It was really hard to get the plug back in the jug and I can honestly say without reservation that I've had enough

Rising from the ashes

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Old 07-28-2016, 04:36 PM
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My #1 reason today is my mental sanity and physical health. I guess that's two. :P
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:02 PM
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Fear. I'm afraid that if I drink, I will drink excessively and alcohol will consume my life again. I don't know if I could muster up the strength to quit again.
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:38 PM
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Fear. I'm afraid that if I drink, I will drink excessively and alcohol will consume my life again. I don't know if I could muster up the strength to quit again.
Good point.
From what I have seen by those that relapse
there is no guarantee that we can ever be sober again.
Some poor souls go back out never to return.
I have known many who died with a bottle in their hand.

Stay -- it's easier -- remember -- the war is over.

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Old 07-31-2016, 12:27 PM
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After 24 years of recovery, I know -- deep in my gut -- that I have another drink in me but I don't think I have another recovery. And deep in my gut I know I will die if I drink. During that time nothing has been so bad a drink wouldn't make it worse.
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Old 07-31-2016, 12:35 PM
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To have a life worth living, not just living for the next drink.
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Old 07-31-2016, 12:51 PM
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It simply does not occur to me to drink. The problem does not exist.
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Old 07-31-2016, 01:05 PM
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I don't drink because I'm much happier and healthier without it.
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Old 07-31-2016, 01:45 PM
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Today, specifically, I'm feeling kinda gloomy and missing my kids. I know that picking up the bottle would wreck everything I've gained thus far, and crush their trust even worse than before. These days I've learned that it's better to deal with life on life's terms. It still goes on whether or not I participate, so it's best to persevere.
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Old 07-31-2016, 02:38 PM
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I love living sober and just the thought of drinking makes me feel sick. I have too much to lose and don't want to go back to the dark place I escaped from over six years ago.
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:15 AM
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Because I'm tired of heartache.

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Old 08-02-2016, 12:25 AM
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i wanted to live. sobriety has given me one last chance. i intend to run like hell with the opportunity, and so i did.

i'm alot happier now. it's not to say i never think about it. i do. i just know i fought a war that seemed to drag on forever and i know what it took to get me here. i can never ever afford to forget that. or go back. that chapter is closed and my life is contingent upon my willingness to go to whatever length i have to in order to protect my life.
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:28 AM
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Because I enjoy the serenity brought to me by continous sobriety.

Never found much of that while drinking.

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Old 08-03-2016, 08:06 AM
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Because my life is too good to drink. I am 40 today and THIS day, this one day, is the very best one I have had in ... my life.
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Old 08-03-2016, 11:32 PM
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I've commented before but here I am again.

The #1 reason I stay sober today is I could not do another hangover. Not one.

That's one of many reasons.

Life is better sober.
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Old 08-04-2016, 02:35 AM
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Nobody said life was easy but it's certainly easier without the problems associated with abusive drinking.

I've never forgotten where my life was the first time I entered the rooms of AA. The night before staggering drunk up the stairs to my new apartment wondering how long it would be before I'd fall down them.

No, I prefer not to go back there. Often members talk about picking up right where they left off. For me I'm not sure if it would be right away but the problems would return. The only question is when because I don't know much in life but I do know I can't drink socially. I played the drink out.

I have a drink I simply can't gage when enough is enough. I was never an abusive or ugly drunk. I just never knew when I'd across the line into a blackout.

I never set out to fall down a flight of stairs. To get stitched up or to pass out while cooking but it happened and more than once.

No, thanks. I think it's best that I just stay away from that first drink.
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