Hi, thanks, and a message for newcomers

Old 07-04-2011, 09:42 PM
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Hi, thanks, and a message for newcomers

Hi, my post frequency has been waning lately but today I realized that I had hit 6 months a few days ago and didn't even notice. I'm not writing to get accolades; just living a better life is reward enough.

Moreover, I wanted to say thank you to all of the posters here on SR who unknowingly helped me along the way and today especially. I am on a business trip in another country and haven't thought much about drinking. But I'm with my boss, who lives in this country, and who is a great friend of mine. We used to go out drinking A LOT in the past so this was kind of a new experience for me. So far he's still drinking, like always, and we are still having a great time, like the old times.

And so far I haven't even wanted to drink but tonight after dinner we were given two bottles of very special, rare variations of a local liquor, served chilled, compliments of the house. I smelled one, and it smelled really good. I really wanted to try it, not to be drunk, but to taste it and have a new experience. My mind went back and forth. None. Ok just a half a shot. Ok just a tiny sip. Ok just roll some around on the tongue and spit it out. Ok just a tiny sip. ok...

What finally got me back to None was remembering some things I had read on SR over the months. Things like:

"your mind plays tricks on you"
"I meant to have just a sip and ended up on a 4 day bender"
"how could I throw away 4 years of sobriety by thinking I could have just one glass of wine?"
"I feel like hell, disappointed in myself for giving in"

And eventually I decided even a little sip was not worth it. Just like I wouldn't eat that extra donut or another piece of cake.

So the message I'd like to pass along to the newcomers is, please pay attention. There's a lot of wisdom in these pages, lots of lessons you can learn from people who have tried and failed. Even better, lessons from people who have tried and are succeeding.

Good luck everyone! And thanks to SR.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:51 PM
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Congrats on 6 months reset!! - that's a point I really look forward to (2 months so far).
Good on you for being strong enough to not listen to that voice!
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:26 PM
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No doubt thanks for the reminder reset, and congrats on 6 months and also not even tasting . Have a good trip

14 days for me and hopefully they just keep adding up!!
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Old 07-04-2011, 10:30 PM
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Thanks for sharing Reset and congrats on 6 months, that's a big milestone.
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:35 AM
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Glad you did not take that first drink!! Congrats on your 6 mos. of sobriety.
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:48 AM
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Congratulations on 6 months of recovery!
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:58 AM
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Congrats on 6 months and thank you for the post. There IS so much wisdom to be found in these threads. Keep up the great work I just love heating success stories because they give me so much hope.

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Old 07-05-2011, 06:09 AM
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Hi! My name is Alma and I'm a drug addict-My drugs of choice are Methamphetamines, & Marijuana. I've been addicted to these drugs dam' near 19 years! I have a family and I know for a fact that I am tired of living such a ruthless life! I want happiness and peace with myself and I have realized that the first thing I need to do is be honest with myself and accept & admit that I have a drug problem. It's not an easy thing for me to do, and for another thing, I never thought I would be in a recovery meeting online! I hope to receive the best recovery through all my new sober friends that I'm excited to meet in this program! I'm looking forward to living a happy SOBER life!
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:29 AM
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Hi Alma

Welcome Alma This is such a wonderful place full of support & understanding. So glad that you joined us! Recovery is possible. If you haven't done so yet, I would check out our substance abuse forum - a lot of very helpful information/threads there.

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Old 07-05-2011, 04:31 PM
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Congrats on 6 months Reset and a bigger Congrats for not taking that first drink. Stay strong and always guard your sobriety..

Welcome Alma, There lot's of wisdom on these pages, please read and post often.
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:31 PM
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I'm impressed and inspired by your post. The situation you describe sounds exactly like what would suck me in - I love "local" and foriegn culture and history and... oh and drinking... It must have been incredibly tempting.

I'm on day 13 of not drinking. I'm bookmarking your post to read again as a reminder to pay attention!
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