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Old 03-03-2016, 06:10 PM
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I always recommend to newcomers to join a class. It's undoubtably the best thing I ever did. Like AA you get that camaraderie. A family that understands your thoughts and feelings better than anyone.

I love my 2014 October class.
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Originally Posted by Marcher13 View Post
Dee I didn't express that well, it reads a little ambiguously. What I was referring to was the actual creation of the class thread through the software. I remember our Jim was anxiously anticipating a new class thread back in 2013 so he took the initiative and created the very first Class of March 2013 thread.

Found it!
Just didn't want to take credit for someone elses idea - nothing wrong with your post Marcher

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Old 03-03-2016, 09:35 PM
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I absolutely loved this post
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Old 03-04-2016, 02:31 AM
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You are such an inspiring class, thank you again for this post.
This will sound a little trite, but it is not, it is very meaningful to me. My first year at University I had a really hard time adjusting. I was desperately homesick and just couldn't get into life at University. I attended my classes but spent the rest of my time in my room crying. In the spring I decided to branch out and decided to participate in recruitment the time when the campus sororities and fraternities court new members. For those who have not been through the process or have never been a member it is kind of a funny thing to witness or hear about. There are a lot of stereotypes about sororities and fraternities. It is true that it is a selective process and the doors aren't opened for everyone, but many young women and men find their place as I did. I accepted an invitation to join a wonderful sisterhood and during the rush period (the time when the new pledges are not yet initiated) I became so close to my pledge class. I gained a "big sister" and became part of a "family" who were always there to guide me and help me. I could turn to them or any of the other sisters at any time, day or night, for anything. They were there for me through thick and thin and together we worked to study hard, better ourselves, socialise, give to charity and become quality members of our university community and the community at large. Our national charity was one that gave money and time to the deaf and blind. This served me later when I met my children's great-grandfather who was deaf and communicated via sign language.
There was, as is common, some light hazing involved. Often this is criticised in the media, rightfully so when it becomes extreme. But little challenges like scavenger hunts, lock-ins, running errands for sisters while managing school work, etc serves to solidify and bring the pledge class closer together. If I sister called me for something (usually a McDonalds delivery!) and I couldn't manage due to school work I knew I could call a fellow pledge sister to bail me out.
I mention that to say that these classes serve us in the same way. We are going through something rough and difficult, but the idea of being there for one another through good times and bad seems to serve our members well.
Anyway, just more rambling thoughts from me. I am thankful everyday for SR.
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:04 AM
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I didn't do nuffin'. Great post Marcher13. You people are awesome
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:55 AM
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Great post - thanks for that and another vote in favour of the errr....Class system , our November 15 Class has offered fantastic group support over the recent months and would most definitely recommend joining the current class to any newcomer.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:13 AM
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I also think that the "class system" is great. Can make it much easier for people new and shy to SR and recovery to get engaged in the forum when we initially don't know what to do. I found my January 2014 Class very helpful -- did not stay in it long but it helped me bridge an initial month or so between getting sober and finding my own ways around SR that eventually led to long-term participation.
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Old 03-04-2016, 07:45 AM
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I didn't do nuffin'. Great post Marcher13. You people are awesome
Jim, you did do something and it turned out fantastic
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Old 03-04-2016, 12:53 PM
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Hey JimJim, you are ALWAYS welcome back to the March 2013 class!
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Old 03-04-2016, 01:06 PM
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I love this post - it's so inspiring to see how people help one another achieve something so difficult that so many people just can't understand no matter how they try.
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Old 03-04-2016, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by BuddinK View Post
Jim, you did do something and it turned out fantastic
Echoed by Budd's sober twin.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:41 PM
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Thank you, March class for taking the time to post such an inspiring account of your experience.
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Old 03-04-2016, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by JimJim View Post
I didn't do nuffin'. Great post Marcher13. You people are awesome
I echo Budd's comment, too, JimJim! When I joined the March 2013 thread it was on page 2 on March 1st. I was disappointed when you left. I had relapses for another 16 months but stubbornly stuck around and am so very grateful to all the SR members including you who helped me along the way. Your first post on that thread inspired me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Old 03-04-2016, 11:42 PM
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Hey JimJim, you are ALWAYS welcome back to the March 2013 class!
Once a Marcher always a Marcher.... We even have Marchers of other years popping in (Bimini haven't seen ya for a while ) and Marcher adoptees such as Gilmer & VC.

What counts is the feeling of unity, cameraderie and trust. That we can share our deepest intimacies, visit our darkest places secure in the no judgemental embrace of our classmates, who truly understand our addiction.
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Old 03-05-2016, 03:39 PM
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These letters were great!

I appreciate the varying sobriety plans we employed that have all led us to the same goal of long-term sobriety. Some of us focused on AA as a primary method of recovery. Some of us attended treatment, both inpatient and outpatient. Some of us utilized as a primary SR as a tool to stay connected and accountable. It really just goes to show there is not ONE way to get sober.

But there is a single theme that weaves throughout every story. All of us were willing to put a significant amount of effort into recovery. Those that stuck with SR still post daily in the Marcher '13 thread, as well as various other daily recovery threads like the 24 hour thread and undies/overs. Those that chose AA have worked the steps and reaped the benefits. Those that went to treatment/therapy finished out their programs successfully. Something Saskia once posted about a year and a half ago still rings true to me (I'm paraphrasing here): "If outpatient and AA don't work, I'm checking right into inpatient rehab." I know she meant it.

It is that willingness to embrace recovery to its fullest and explore all avenues of learning how to get sober and stay sober that has led to some tremendous successes.

I also wanted to thank the Marchers that no longer post but I hope and pray they are safe, sober and happy, including Joygirl, 360Shoes, Nattythreads, 1Dayatatyme, MeSoSober, Chuff, Gilmer (thanks for stopping by recently!) and many others.

I've learned in recovery that people come and people go. It's just part of the game. Sometimes it's because of relapse or death and sometimes it's because they've moved on to bigger and better things. But their absence does not negate how they contributed to MY sobriety. I am so grateful for that.

RIP Josie. We miss you.
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Old 03-05-2016, 03:48 PM
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Thanks, DD. You did get the gist of what I said and I've never stopped believing that. Some of us still post daily, some occasionally and some who I know are sober don't generally post anymore. It's all about what works for each of us, as you noted also, DD. Your story has been inspiring for me throughout our journeys.
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Old 03-06-2016, 12:45 AM
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I can account for the wellbeing and sobriety of Shoes, Joy and Natty as well as Gilmer, haven't heard from chuff lately, Oneday and Meso popped in a while back will see if they are still active on SR! X
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Old 03-09-2016, 04:35 PM
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Bump.

If you're a newcomer, the SR monthly classes are one of the best tools this sites offer. You can get and give support, build accountability and learn from others.

Here's the link to the March '16 class:

http://www.soberrecovery.com/forums/...rt-one-22.html
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Old 03-09-2016, 05:56 PM
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Loved this post, thanks for the inspiration Marcher
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