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Old 05-08-2010, 03:19 AM
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MaryRita try, try, try again -giggle-
I had to get to vomiting before I quit each time - you have my empathy; I know how much that sucks.
You've already apologized to us - try not to end up being hard on yourself for drinking again. And if you do, then remember to apologize to yourself too, and then get back to one day, maybe even just one hour, at a time.
Don't forget, not wanting to drink is only a part of it - you also have to want to be sober. That way, your motivation to stay off of alcohol will be deeper and stronger, and so will your resolve.

I wish you the best, and I hope you keep posting! Don't let the past few days get you down!

Marlow & Kmber Congrats on your sober time! It might be weird to read, but I want to say: I'm proud of you guys! One day at a time
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Old 05-08-2010, 03:56 AM
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Welcome back Annette
Most of us had a stumble or two - at least you're back on the right road

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Old 05-08-2010, 05:25 AM
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Hi folks,

Still here and still sober.

Laying me friend to rest today.

It's going to be hard, but he wouldn't want me to be sad anymore.

Time to find some closure no matter how much I miss him.

Thanks for being here guys
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Old 05-08-2010, 07:09 AM
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Day 20

Today is my 20th day sober.

I am just 9 days away from the longest time I have went without a beer in almost 30 years.

When I made it to 28 days last year during my last "serious" attempt at sobriety (along with the countless other times), I fought the urge to drink every single day, sometimes every single hour.

This time I have had no urge to drink. Can't explain it, but I am just grateful and accepting of it.

I continue to learn things about myself and my addiction to alcohol. I've learned a lot from you guys sharing your stories, and your wisdom. That takes guts.

One of the revelations I have stumbled upon is that I, and only I, am responsible for my drinking. Sounds like obvious common sense but was a real 'light bulb' moment for me.

No one else can make me drink, just like no one else can keep me sober.

It is up to me. I'm not going to let myself down anymore.

You guys promise not to drink, and I promise not to dance the Robot at our class prom.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:28 AM
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Hi people! I'm still kicking on Day 21. I second all that Fool says ^. Let's keep the Class of April 2009 thread going strong. It's really wonderful to see read about your progress here. I don't have much to add right now, other than that!
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Old 05-08-2010, 10:44 AM
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I agree with everyone MaryRita and I love unbrokenchain's post! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and crawl back up on the wagon with us! Plenty of us with an outreached hand ready to help you back up. We're all here for you!

I'm on day 11. Really enjoying being clear headed and energetic again! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
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Old 05-08-2010, 12:11 PM
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Ghostly.....
Thanks for joining with us
Depression was the spur for my desire to quit.
Well done on your early sobriety.

Annette....Mega
I too had false starts before I actually quit.
I was in and out of AA for 4 years
before I stopped drinking.
All my best to you and your family

For all of us ...don't forget
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Old 05-08-2010, 01:24 PM
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Hi everyone...happy sober Saturday night!

Welcome Ghostly!
MaryRita....sorry to hear that but if you can get back on the sober track as soon as possible, you'll have added more experience to your sober journey.

Day 10 here, feeling a bit low in mood today, but nothing I can't deal with. Rather be a bit low that in the gutter with a hangover.

Congratulations to everyone with all those days of sober recovery behind ya.

May you all have a great Sunday xx
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Old 05-08-2010, 05:31 PM
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I'm on Day 6! Weekends are the toughest for me. I had thoughts of drinking tonight but instead logged on to read everyone's post. Thanks to everyone for reminding me how much better my life can be sober...I won't drink tonight. I'm looking forward to a sober Sunday morning.
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Old 05-08-2010, 08:55 PM
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Congrats on day six! We will have a hangover free Sunday. Weekends are difficult.

Thanks for all the welcomes from everyone. I hope to be on this site a lot. I need all the help I can get.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:08 PM
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I think we all do Ghostly

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Old 05-09-2010, 01:34 AM
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Day 29

For the first three weeks or so, I really didn't feel tempted to drink. It's only been in the last week or so that I've been confronted with that desire. Maybe it's because I'm starting to get comfortable, and my guard isn't up all the time. I don't know. Thoughts of disappointment at all the fun times I could drink in the future being gone now pop up here and there.

I'm not going to drink, tho. I know what's going to happen if I do. It'll just be the same old quagmire of feeling hungover, doubting myself, and engaged in the constant one-person argument of "well, am I or am I not an alcholic." None of that is mentioned when temptation starts in with its schpiel, tho. It's all having fun with friends, laughing, and feeling good.

Alcohol lies!

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Old 05-09-2010, 02:25 AM
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Congrats to all of us for another sober day and Rev....you are so dead on with those drinking thoughts. When I was hitting my 3 month mark....well I thought I had "recovered" and was off the alcohol so have a few here in there on vacation was great. I was lied to by alcohol. Once I came back home.....I hit that bottle just like I had been boozing everyday. It was like rekindling an old friendship. Picked up right where we left off.

Yeahhhhh.....ummmmm gonna have to say I learned that lesson and now I am constant with SR, counseling and sharing my daily journal with my partner.

I am just grateful to be alive honestly. I don't know what my HP had in mind for me but I was spared that last bender.

I know that I come here daily and have been visiting the Al-Anon board to better understand how others were affected by drinking.

I probably ramble too much about recovery so forgive me guys. Honestly, I have to do this everyday because I am scared crapless that if I ever give in to a drink that it will be the end of me. My body can't take it.

Ok....Hope all have a great sober Mother's Day.
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:19 AM
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Day 21

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I'm not going to drink, tho. I know what's going to happen if I do. It'll just be the same old quagmire of feeling hungover, doubting myself, and engaged in the constant one-person argument of "well, am I or am I not an alcoholic."

Rev


Glad to hear that you are still rowing that sobriety oar, man.

Temptation will inevitably come for me as well. I know it, and I think I am prepared to handle it. I guess time will tell.

Like you said, the addiction only wants us to remember the "good times" we had w/alcohol, never the reasons that made us want to quit.

I went to a small "Wii bowling" party at a neighbors house last night.

First off, the thought of video-game bowling sounded pretty lame, but it turned out to be an absolute blast. Bowled a 209.

Everyone except me was drinking. A lot. I am sure there are a few hang-overs being nursed as I type this.

Still at the start of my sobriety, I found out that I can have a good time, be social, and not drink. Another small victory.

Stay strong, class of April.
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:58 AM
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Hi everyone.

Rev: keep up your strength! You are doing a great job.

Fool: I love Wii Bowling. Unfortunately it (like all other leisure activities, it seems) falls into the category of "things I did while drinking" so I have to re-establish it as a sober activity (so far TV is the only one that seems normal sober again . And interneting. ) So many things fall into this category--it's terrible! And it's almost to the point where anything I used to do for fun, I imagine was a drinking activity. I've been stressed about a concert I'm going to in a couple months, thinking about all the times I went to see shows and got drunk or high -- but then I had this amazing realization that the last time I saw this band (one of my all time favorites) I was 15 years old, SOBER, and totally euphoric just for the music. Now I can't wait!

I hope everyone has a great day today. I'm trying to make a list of activities to keep myself busy during the next 10 days (vacation!). Weather permitting, I see a yard sale coming up . . .
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Old 05-09-2010, 09:05 AM
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I too had false starts before I actually quit.
I was in and out of AA for 4 years
before I stopped drinking.
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Carol, did you have a moment where you suddenly "got it," or did one of your starts finally work? Thanks.
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I went to a small "Wii bowling" party at a neighbors house last night.

First off, the thought of video-game bowling sounded pretty lame, but it turned out to be an absolute blast. Bowled a 209.
The Wii is a pretty awesome game system. Bowling is alot of fun, so is mini-golf. My wife actually was sore the day after playing tennis all night with my son on the Wii. LOL

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Old 05-09-2010, 12:21 PM
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I am almost at four weeks and totally get what is written about temptation. I am new to sobriety but have to say for me too, the first 2 weeks there wasn’t the temptation there is now. I think I can keep this up though. Stay strong Rev.

Sometimes when I read these posts it amazes me how it is exactly what I am going through…it’s like my mind wrote it. AmericanGirl I moved into my house right when I started drinking about 4 years ago. Now sooo many memories and habits I had at this house were drinking. First of all drinking almost every night, but then working in the yard, working on the house, playing with the dogs in the backyard, video games, reading and so much more involved drinking. I have to tell ya, I played catch in the back yard, in the evening on a nice spring night last week. Prob the first time I did that where I wasn’t well on my way to getting drunk…I had fun!! It is just a matter of trying to enjoy these things sober. Keep it up.

Nice job Fool goin to the party and not drinking!

I don’t think anyone thinks you’re rambling Kim, I appreciate reading what you are going through and how good a job you are doing.

Thank you for all the support. I kinda prefer Xbox 360 myself.
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Old 05-09-2010, 12:28 PM
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Hi everyone!

I'm so glad I popped on here to read all the words of wisdom from you all. I'm right where ya'll are and it's good to 'hear' those thoughts coming from others.

2nd sober weekend done. My 15 year old daughter said to me today...'Mum are you getting houseproud again' Lol....when ya think they don't notice eh?.. but yeah......House is getting cleaner every day now that I've got spare time!
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Old 05-09-2010, 01:40 PM
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I think temptation comes to most of us at some time.

For me in the early days it was really important to take a few deep breaths, step back and think about the last few weeks...and also think about the damage I did to myself and to others throughout to the drinking years.

I read a lot of posts here then...and I made a few too.

I did not participate in any face to face programme like AA, SMART or whatever...but I've seen good results, and I think it's worth a go for anyone who feels they need more than what we provide here.

You can make new choices - it can be done

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