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Old 09-17-2015, 05:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Two years ago I REALLY recognized I needed to stop drinking. I could not get more than 2 days sober. Life without alcohol just didn't seem like much fun. I spent the next year as a conscious drinker. Last year, September 17, I put the drink down. 2 weeks later I relapsed....hard. Instead of wallowing around in self pity, I picked myself back up and carried on with sobriety. I will have one year on September 28. My mistake on my first solid attempt was this statement "I will never drink again!!" Hours after making that statement I drank again. So remembering the "one day at a time" rule, I have had my longest run of sobriety. Today, I will not drink. Just for today.

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Old 09-17-2015, 05:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats on your upcoming year anniversary Jen! One day at a time. That's the way I live too.

Well done.
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congrats on your upcoming year Jen - you've earned it

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Old 09-17-2015, 05:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Almost a year is amazing Jen!!!

I have followed your posts and have seen your story and it has been great to see your understanding grow. You have put in the work and have succeeded after some tough situations.

I congratulate you and send you a hug!!!
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Congratulations. A really inspirational post for those of us who have recently relapsed to hear
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Fantastic achievement and it gives hope to those who've slipped up. I agree the 'never again' thing is confronting. I got around it by giving myself a year, and by that time the benefits were so great I kept going.
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Great job, it was really hard at first for me as well. I had many relapses until I came to the understanding of one day at a time.
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Congratulations on your almost one year. You've come a long way and that's terrific. Just for today, I won't drink. That was key for me too.

Keep going!
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This is an amazing post for me to read. Jen, you are someone I have followed and have seen grow and you have been such an inspiration for me. I remember your first posts when you struggled with so many different things and yet you still are here nearing your one year anniversary. Seeing your success gives me hope and strength. I really, really admire you and love reading every single post you make. I am so happy for you and hope to share in your success soon. Congratulations, you SO deserve it!
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Congrats Jennifer today is so beautiful don't you think I'm so happy to be your friend & share your happiness

Amazing job Jennifer sending high 5's hugs flowers and a big bunch of love
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Love hearing this! Congratulations!
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1 Year is fantastic Jen!!
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Yay! One of my most useful thoughts in early sobriety was, "I am going to bed sober tonight." Nothing like it, then or now.

Congrats on every day you stay on this side.
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Congrats on your upcoming one year anniversary!
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Two years ago I REALLY recognized I needed to stop drinking. I could not get more than 2 days sober. Life without alcohol just didn't seem like much fun. I spent the next year as a conscious drinker. Last year, September 17, I put the drink down. 2 weeks later I relapsed....hard. Instead of wallowing around in self pity, I picked myself back up and carried on with sobriety. I will have one year on September 28. My mistake on my first solid attempt was this statement "I will never drink again!!" Hours after making that statement I drank again. So remembering the "one day at a time" rule, I have had my longest run of sobriety. Today, I will not drink. Just for today.

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Congrats. A year is an awesome achievement. I relate to what you are saying. I had almost 2 years....not only was I never going to drink again but I was recovered. Um, not so much. For me its this moment that counts. For whatever reason the 'one day at a time' motto doesn't resonate with me. But staying in the moment, and enjoying the 'right now' works. Its all semantics but my little brain has to be able to embrace the concept
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:19 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Yup, a day at a time works. No gauentee about tomorrow but there is a very good chance I will go to bed sober tonight

Tomorrow will bring what tomorrow brings but tomorrow is not today.

What is amazing is how those days start adding up. Congrats on almost 365 of them
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One entire year..that is so wonderful, thanks for this great update!
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Congratulations Countrygirl!
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Thank you guys!
Yes I know a few people who "recovered". I don't see them around much. Another term to avoid

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Awesome work Jennifer. I, like a lot of us think too much about never drinking again. I still have a hard time accepting the one day at a time thing. I mean I get it, but I always know deep down what I'm trying to do. I'm glad I read your post. Inspiring.
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