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Old 12-23-2007, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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TOPIC: Less Than. More Than Days, Yrs. Sober. No One Is Excluded In Recovery. "UNITY"


Hi Im Sharon and Im an Alcoholic....

Just like many here in SR I havent found
it necessary to take a drink TODAY.

For that I am truely grateful.

I started out in Recovery after a number
of things happened in my life. First a horrible
accident in Feb 90 in which i spent 10
days in the hospital. With no alcohol
for the next few months, i thought it
was safe to pick up again.

That time i tried to end my life as the
progression of my disease had progressed
extremely rapid.....

Family intervention took place in Aug 90.
sending me to rehab
for 28 days with my family doing
for me what i couldnt physically,
mentally or emotionally do for myself.

For them im truely grateful.

Thru the past yrs of recovery
i have been exposed to many
members either just walking
into recovery or those with
yrs of experience.

I have learned that everyone
in the rooms i attend are very
important and vital to my own
recovery,,,,

No one is excluded....i need the
guy with one day sober to the
man with 10 plus yrs....

Each person has something to
bring to the recovery table that
is important to share to help the
newest to the oldest person there.

The word UNITY comes to mind....

It take all of us no matter what color,
what race, what faith , number of days,
yrs....to make the program of recovery
work....

If u believe this is true, then share if u
wish why you think so.

Thanks for letting me share.
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Old 12-23-2007, 07:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It is written as in music.
There are many different instruments and parts to a song.
a part is no more , or less than other.
Sometimes even silent or a rest or a break adds to the song or music.
you can even play veriouse different lead lines or melody at the sametime,
even in a different key or mode. Unity dosn't necessary mean uniformaty.
Hamony can still exsist and make for a very, very beauitful art.

Music as in life is in motion. it's full of high notes and low notes.
Fast notes, slow notes and the in between notes.

As in the spectrum of colors in a rainbow.
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Old 12-23-2007, 07:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I need EVERYONE in my recovery. I learn something from each person. I need people with less time than I have to show me that it never gets any better drinking. I need people with more sober time than me to see how they stayed sober and to give me hope that I can achieve long-term sobriety.

Everyone is included in my recovery journey and for that, I'm grateful.
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Old 12-23-2007, 08:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It was never my intention to exclude anyone from the "Less than 2 wks" post/thread. I was trying to keep it focused on us very new to sobreity.

I thought it would be cool to set up a regular chat room for those of us with less than 2 wks, so we could compare and encourage each other. Since the chat room thing won't work, it was suggested to just set up a new thread for us new - -newbies.

It's not perfect and I know we are probably missing some valuable insight from those of you w/ a year, 5, 10, 15 years of sobriety.

I thought it would be like goal setting for us new/newbies. Make it two weeks and move on. Two weeks is hugh for me right now and that's my target.

If it's that offensive to anyone, I'm sorry.

CarolD - feel free to delete the post/thread if you want.
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Old 12-23-2007, 08:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Omega ,
Your post is fine !

Everyone to their own, I for one am gaining grreat enjoyment from your posts , and also from the mutual support you and curlieQ are showing each other

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Old 12-23-2007, 09:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Omega, IMHO your post was fine, in fact I think I am the one guilty of suggesting it. I have actually been glad to see you post it and that there has been some great interaction, discussion, and support going on in the thread. You never said only people in the first two weeks could read it. You were just requesting that people with that sobriety time participate and support each other.

It looks to me like this thread may have been misinterpreted as an indication of disapproval of your thread. I don't believe that was the intent of the thread. As many others I recognize that everyone plays a role in my sobriety today. There are many people that I have heard this statement from "in early sobriety, I had trouble relating to people who claimed to have a year or two, and as far as those claiming to have more than that I just thought they must be liars. The people I felt the biggest kinship with were those with one more day, week, or month more than I. Because they were the ones I felt were close enough to where I was at to be comfortable with." I encourage you to continue to post and discussion on the thread you started. Please do not take this thread as a negative toward your post. Take it for what it is, a thread encouraging all of us to work together in unity for the common goal of sobriety. Hang in there. Glad you are here.
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Old 12-23-2007, 09:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Omega, if you look back a page or two you will see threads started by the same person worded in a simliar way. So please realize that this thread is not about your 2 week thread. Both threads are very positive threads supporting sobriety, support, unity, and help.
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Ditto what judith said

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Old 12-23-2007, 10:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Omega Man,
I think it is great to see you all supporting each other! My first 2 weeks were so incredibly hard so I know what it is like. You are giving each other strength and I know that you can all make it.
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Have no fear! As soon as they hit the two week mark they'll be kicked out of that thread. Then they'll have to come join us common folk. :ghug
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hit 2 weeks, then the real fun begins!
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:02 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Everyday sober or clean is an accomplishment. It was
stated to me not too long ago that WE are really not
suppose to stay clean or sober. Why? Because if u
look at statistics WE cant stay clean or sober on
our on. Our on will power doesnt work alone.

However with a recovery program in hand
and support from each other so WE never
have to go thru this alone....it is possible
to stay clean or sober one day at a time....

That's it.....one day at a time.....We cant
go back for it will never return.....tomorrow
isnt here yet and there are no guarantees....

So focusing on JUST FOR TODAY......the
next 24 HOURS....even minutes a day if
needed is possible for us to stay clean or
sober.

We have a disease that requires us to
take our daily medicine......

Like visiting ur doctor if ur sick
and he gives u medicine to help
u feel better....and he tells u to
take it everyday ......

This works the same with our
disease....a trip to ur nearby
AA meeting for an hour a day
recieveing a daily dose of
ESH , encouragement, support
to help u feel better that day...

And whats so cool about it is...
it doesnt cost a thing.....not like
going to ur regular doctor...

Now where else can u go to
feel better and it doesnt cost
u a thing?

Pretty cool huh?

The commroderie...the fellowship
of our recovery program is
awesome....rewarding.....

To sit in a room filled with
total strangers with a common
goal ...a common purpose...
to learn to stay clean and
sober just by sharing what
brought u to those rooms....
what happened to you and
where r u now ...can actually
help someone when u least
expect it....

Just to listen to someone just
coming in ...beaten down...
desperate for help...to know they
are not alone....that someone to
the right of them is in the same
boat...same situation....and the
person to the left with a number
of yrs....sharing what brought
him there...why and what happened
to him and where he is now in his
recovery.....gaining insite from
them both to help you stay clean
and sober that day....

The joy of our fellowship is tremendous.

I need each of u even at my stage
of recovery.....Dont let the number
of yrs scare u because i am not
exempt from slipping.....the only
thing that is keeping me sober
today is working a recovery
program of action....on a daily
bases i practice the principles
of recovery to the best of
my ability in my everyday
affairs....

At work, in my private life....
around family, friends....and
i dont have to do it alone...never
alone....because there is always
someone just a call away....a
meeting away...to help me if
im weak....confused....hurting....
lost....and even when floating
on that pink cloud....filled with
joy, hope....

Grab the hand of a person to ur
right and the person to ur left
at a meeting ....let ur eyes look
upon all those standing in the
circle at the end of the meeting....

How AWESOME it is to have so
many of us helping each other
stay clean and sober.....

All the way from a day sober to
yrs sober....

Thanks for letting me share.
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Old 12-24-2007, 03:20 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I just want to say i don't feel a bit different..We're all the same. I did abuse alcohol and pills for a while, but my main addiction was me, i destroyed myself to the bone with depression....

We're all in a journey trying to find our place and the reason why we're here..Believe me i really do feel that if each and every person had not come to this world, the world wouldn't be able to regenerate..


I am so happy to have you guys...You guys make me feel blessed to share the same ground as you...

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Old 12-24-2007, 06:29 AM   #16 (permalink)
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For me I know I can learn from everybody in recovery. I enjoy reading the new comers post because I know that I am just a drink away from a lot of "yets". Like I have not passed out under a bridge yet. That is why I come here, because you guys help keep me sober. Just maybe I will say something that will keep someone sober another day.
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:03 AM   #17 (permalink)
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You are absolutely right Sharon.
Even though I dont have but 5 days. I know when I do get on a roll. I will need the newcomer to remind me of where I came from. Why I need stay on my path to recovery. And to also help myself grow by maybe holding my hand out for them and lending an ear or just a simple smile of welcome and assurance.

As for the old timers. That is the prize to me. I will need that experience and wisdom to guide me to where I want and need to be. An understanding person that has been there and back and knows how to get what I want so bad. But at the same time isnt going to be fooled by the BS excuses and isnt afraid to say "Hey look...Who do you think your fooling."

I even need the ones like in my family that have never experienced anything like this before. A neutral understanding with love and encouragement. But my family has learned also not to be fooled.

So yes..I need everyone in my recovery.
And Unity IS the only way we can achieve long lasting results.

Thank you as always Sharon for your great topics.
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Old 12-24-2007, 07:51 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Hi Omega Man. There was and is nothing wrong with your thread. This is the newcomers forum after all. I don't think anyone was suggesting that there was.
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