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Old 06-14-2015, 12:52 PM
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Struggled this weekend

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I'm coming up on 23 months in six days. Another month and I reach a milestone I never thought I would reach. With that said I have struggled this weekend with self pity. The summer heat is setting in and all the craft beer events are in full swing. People are out and about and I got cravings real bad. I went to my lunch place today and it happens to be next to one of my favorite "high falutin" craft beer joints. Oh man was I tempted. I ate my burger and decided enough is enough. I have to remind myself that I'm not a normal drinker. I won't stop at two beers like most of those connoisseurs are doing. I would sit there all day and get wasted and then trying to figure out how to get home, or God forbid drive drunk. I got out of there in a hurry and did a three mile hike instead. Feeling much better now. Thanks for reading.
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:08 PM
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Wow, big milestone is right.
Guess you made a lot of good decisions like today's along the way… Getting out of a bad situation and turning the day around a little: I got the first part down for now, the second is a smart move to learn.
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:12 PM
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Wow, awesome job Tnman, thanks for sharing this
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Congrats on 23 months sober! Glad you didn't give in to temptation.
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When I got squirrelly I thru myself even
more so into my recovery program doing
whatever I needed to do to get passed that
uncomfortable feeling.

Even if it meant going to several meetings
a day. One at noon, go home, take care of
my little family, then head out to a 7pm
meeting making it home safe and sound
afterwards.

Surrounding myself with others in recovery
like me, who put their recovery importance
at the top of their list, going out for coffee
or meal, just sitting and talking, whatever
to stay connected to another member so
that I never ever feel like im traveling on
this recovery journey by myself.

Since it was hard to communicate recovery
with my normal family then I had to seek
out those who understood me and we spoke
the same recovery language.

24 yrs and im still connected to many here
in recovery so I never feel alone or disconnected
to my recovery lifeline.

I enjoy helping others new in recovery
paving the way for them to follow just
as it has been for me to follow many who
also paved the way for me to follow.

Recovery life is an awesome gift to
treasure for a lifetime and a program
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You are creeping up on two years which is incredible!! Good job choosing the hike.
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You did good! Thanks for sharing!
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Well done and congrats on your upcoming milestone!
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Congrats on your upcoming milestone
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Old 06-14-2015, 04:47 PM
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Tnman that is so good. I can so picture myself being in that dilemma and huge credit to you for just walking away.. in fact not even walking.. hiking!!

The explanation you gave said it all. the difference between us and others is that it doesn't stop at a nice couple of beers. Even if you leave the craft beer place after two beers with company, you'll find somewhere else to get more, whether it is another bar or bottle shop.

The craft beer place can point you in a really dangerous direction if you let it, you did so well!!
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Oh, thank goodness.
That's awesome that you went for a run instead.
I'm coming up on a milestone as well.
Keep on the straight path my friend.
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Fantastic!!
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thanks for sharing that - and congrats on almost 2 years...

I found myself actually rationalizing having a drink the past week... but reminded myself why I quit.
Even today as I was driving down the road I went through my past drinking and realized it was a good decision to quit.

actually CONFIRMED it was a good decision to quit
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Glad you made the decision to not take that first drink, tnman1967. Congrats on 23 months and thanks for sharing with us!
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Thanks for sharing that. Shows that no matter how much time, we still need to be vigilant.

I look at the craft beers too. Thinking how interesting They look. On a hot day, how great they will taste. I can't stop at one either and at some point I may as well be drinking swill for all my appreciation of the beverage. So not worth it.

Keep going. Maybe post here with your experiences in what's been working for you to get to 23 months.
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Wow, that's awesome, thanks for sharing.
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Well done. Craft beers call to me at times, too.

Nothing good that way lies.
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Keep on making the right choices tnman - and remember we're always here for support

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Summer is killing me too --all the day drinking everyone does, and that I dont do now. Season changes are hard.
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