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Old 08-16-2015, 09:35 AM
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Have popped this in my July class but thought Id share here too. If at some point I can afford to get my licence and some gear a friend has offered me a motorbike. He has a little rebel 125 he doesnt use as he has his big bike now. It's a beautiful dark blue. So if I do go for it I have decided on a name for her

Aletheia

It is a Greek word variously translated as "unclosedness", "unconcealedness", "disclosure" or "truth". The literal meaning of the word ἀ–λήθεια is "the state of not being hidden; the state of being evident." It also means factuality or reality

Cause not being hidden away and living with complete truth to myself and others is so important to me now. It has become ingrained in me. Part of me screams out when a situation tries to force me into any level of deceit now. Plus there is the thought the truth will set you free and the idea of riding off .
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Old 08-16-2015, 09:44 AM
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Hi August recovery classmates. If any of you are interested, here is a link to my blog where I've been working on recovery since June 2014. If you already have a Wordpress ID, feel free to follow. It goes quite a bit deeper than I go here on the boards...Happy sober Sunday!

http://soberisbetter.wordpress.com
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:41 AM
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Hi, myjourney! I also blog on wordpress...it's been intermittent at best, but I do plan to do more of it while looking for work and to try to document this sober journey. Something so healing about writing, and something so rewarding knowing that your journey helps others!
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Old 08-16-2015, 12:53 PM
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Hello,

I am a member of the August 2014 team, and today is the first anniversary of my sobriety.

I had been drinking alcoholically for about 25 years, and I had been a rather heavy social drinker since college.

I have figured that I have had more than 1000 Day Ones...always after a horrible drunk.

The things that helped me the most were sticking close to my August team and analyzing HALT. It made me realize that I started drinking or wanting a drink when I was either hungry or thirsty. I would start drinking, then forget about cooking dinner, then order in pizza or Chinese food. The next morning I would normally have a greasy drive-thru breakfast - if I was able to get out of bed. I had many nights of crazy thoughts with my heart pounding, weird songs stuck in my head, etc., followed by mornings wondering if I had texted, phoned or emailed anyone and what I had said.

Occasionally I could stay sober for a few days, then decide I was fine and could moderate - one drink would turn into many.

For the first few months, I really babied myself. I had facials, mani-pedis, massages, ice cream and gourmet chocolate....that helped me past the cravings. I upped my exercise and lost the fat and bloat - I went down 30 pounds, from a size 16 to an 8.

I feel and look better than I have in years. I am more relaxed and content. Everything in my home is in its place - I decorated for every holiday this past year.

I spent so much wasted time worrying that I was drinking too fast in front of others, that I was drinking too much, if anyone could tell I had had a few before joining them, hoping I had enough to get through the night, praying I would not get pulled over.....drinking took up way too much of my time and my mind. I canceled many weekend plans because I was too hungover.

Now, the difference is night and day.

I urge you to keep on. The first 30 days are really tough; it became routine for me around Day 90. I still occasionally have a visit by my av (I refuse to capitalize it) but most are from habit, not from desire. For instance, when I was reaching my six month mark, my first thought was that I should buy a bottle of champagne to celebrate! How crazy is that? It was just that part of my routine in the past would have been to do that.

Well, I just want to tell you that if I have managed to stop drinking, I think any person can do it.

Take care, and good luck!

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Old 08-16-2015, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by lilac0721 View Post
Hi, myjourney! I also blog on wordpress...it's been intermittent at best, but I do plan to do more of it while looking for work and to try to document this sober journey. Something so healing about writing, and something so rewarding knowing that your journey helps others!
Hi Lilac - I agree. For me it began as therapy...getting my feelings out in a way that couldn't "punish" me. It's really hard to have friends that drink who don't understand the inability to moderate! Glad to know I have a fellow blogger in the August class 😊
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Old 08-16-2015, 01:31 PM
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