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As cliche as it sounds - grateful for recovery today


As cliche as it sounds - grateful for recovery today

Old 11-30-2016, 08:22 AM
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As cliche as it sounds - grateful for recovery today

I've almost been sober 1 month. Woo-hoo! I've had many stints of sobriety over the years, but this time I'm really focusing on overall *recovery* rather than simply *sobriety*.

Things I am grateful for today:

1) The constant pressure behind my eyes is gone. My head feels lighter, and eyes brighter.

2) Nurturing old and new friendships. I'm not good at meeting new people, but I've been tentatively chatting with some AA peeps, trying to break out of my shyness and isolation.

3) Speaking of relationships, I've just broken up with someone and it was a crushing blow. I'm grateful to be sober going through this, because I know I can properly grieve this loss and not prolong my pain by numbing it with booze.

4) Campral. Holy moly. I can't believe this medication only came into my life now. No more obsessive thoughts and cravings with alcohol. I can't praise this enough without sounding like a pharmaceutical rep.

5) Smiling to myself when I'm alone. Reading something funny on my phone. Having a funny memory. Just noticing that I can smile for myself instead of only saving it for others in my presence.

I have many more, but these were the ones that came to mind today.

Oh, and 6). Grateful to ALSO give up smoking last night.
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Old 11-30-2016, 09:12 AM
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Congrats on a month sober Shortstop, it's not cliche at all to be thankful for that! That's a great list, and I think gratefulness is an essential part of sobriety and life in general. Thanks for sharing and here's to many more sober months ahead.
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Old 11-30-2016, 09:15 AM
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#5 is my favorite thing about sobriety!

Like there are times when I can't hold back my laughter at something, and I hear it echo off the walls, and I know someone has heard me and I feel like I should be embarrassed, but I'm not, I really don't even care. That never happened pre-sobriety!
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Old 11-30-2016, 11:10 AM
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Keep it up, it just gets better and better!
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Old 11-30-2016, 02:27 PM
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Way to go Shortstop

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Old 12-02-2016, 07:28 PM
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Awesome, Shortstop!!!!
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