Five years!

Old 11-01-2016, 07:45 AM
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Five years!

It's hard to believe but I have made it to five years of sobriety today. Sometimes it seems like an eternity and sometimes it seems like the blink of an eye. It certainly makes me feel very good about myself. It is like I broke orbit from a hostile planet and flew off into space.

If I had to give one piece of advice/encouragement to people who are in early recovery it would be stick with it, it just gets better and easier. Being sober is the gift you give to yourself that keeps on giving. In the beginning for me the bad times were counter balanced by the "pink cloud" times. I just tried to hunker down and survive it all, concentrating on the good feelings. There were times when I thought I was going to lose my mind thinking about drinking/not drinking all the time. That has all passed!

The things that have helped me the most are my faith in the good of myself and humanity, my kids, my ambition to be the best that I can be, my friends, and SR. It occurred to me the other day just what an awesome place this website is. I was on another website chatroom about cars and I thought to myself, "Jeez these people are pretty negative!" Then I realized how spoiled I get here on SR, where we are trying to help each other get through this.

Have a great day everyone, stay positive, don't drink, and try not to worry too much.

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Congratulations on five years!

SR has spoiled us all. It's a good place.
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Grats on 5 years
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Five years sober is a grand milestone, Gaffo!
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Congratulations on 5 years!!! That's amazing!! I'm only on Day 7, but it's seeing posts like yours that make me feel like I can do it too!
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Thanks for sharing with us
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Congrats! Five years is REALLY, REALLY HUGE
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Congratulations on 5years.
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Congrats on five years sober and being an example for the rest of us.
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Happy Birthday!!! Love reading these posts!!! Nice job!! How'd you do it?
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Old 11-01-2016, 09:44 AM
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thats really awesome gaffo good job!!
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Congratulations !! Your post is so inspirational! Thank you for sharing!
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Congrats on your recovery.

That's quite an accomplishment.
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Old 11-01-2016, 12:20 PM
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wow 5 years! Now that's some anniversary. Brilliant, and thanks so much for the words of wisdom, it really does help.
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Congratulations gaffo

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Great job!
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I love this and you're so badass. Total thumbs up. Thank you for sharing. It is powerful for those struggling to see that it can be done
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I love these type of posts! 5 years is amazing
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Congratulations!! How encouraging, thank you!
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