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Old 08-15-2019, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I missed my 11 year sober anniversary but wanted to post. In hopes that for those still drinking, for those who have tried and failed many times, for those struggling to make it through each minute, each hour. I want you to know that it is possible. That it does get better. That one day hopefully like me, you forget your sober anniversary because alcohol is no longer the focus of your life.

For 2 decades I drank every day. For most of those 20 years I hated myself. But for some reason on Aug 1, 2008 when I said "I quit", I actually did.

For those saying "I am lonely" I share those feelings. It's hard but please believe me when I say being lonely sober is a choice made because I like myself. Being lonely as a drunk was me protecting myself from anyone finding out my secret.

Please keep trying. Please don't give up. Getting and staying sober was the hardest thing I have ever done but it is also the best the thing have ever done. NO MORE.. waking up and thinking **** what did I do, what did I say. GOD I hated that feeling. For 11 years and 15 days I wake up and remember exactly what I did the day before...A simple joy in life!!
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Leana, what a beautiful, inspirational post! Congratulations on 11 years and 15 days, Leana, thatís an absolutely awesome achievement 👏 🎉
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Congrats on 11 yrs and 15 days sober! And thank you for your message of hope.
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Hi Everyone
I missed my 11 year sober anniversary but wanted to post. In hopes that for those still drinking, for those who have tried and failed many times, for those struggling to make it through each minute, each hour. I want you to know that it is possible. That it does get better. That one day hopefully like me, you forget your sober anniversary because alcohol is no longer the focus of your life.

For 2 decades I drank every day. For most of those 20 years I hated myself. But for some reason on Aug 1, 2008 when I said "I quit", I actually did.

For those saying "I am lonely" I share those feelings. It's hard but please believe me when I say being lonely sober is a choice made because I like myself. Being lonely as a drunk was me protecting myself from anyone finding out my secret.

Please keep trying. Please don't give up. Getting and staying sober was the hardest thing I have ever done but it is also the best the thing have ever done. NO MORE.. waking up and thinking **** what did I do, what did I say. GOD I hated that feeling. For 11 years and 15 days I wake up and remember exactly what I did the day before...A simple joy in life!!
I want this. Thanks for the inspiring post. Much needed and much appreciated!
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Congratulations Leana, and thank you for the beautiful and inspirational post.
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Thank you Leana and congratulations.
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Such a wonderful post. congratulations.
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Congratulations in one month I should have been celebrating 14 years....but I thought I was immune to alcoholism after 8 years of sobriety.

You seem to remember where you came from....I forget that very quickly....Currently 52 days...God bless you and keep going
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Congrats Leana - great stuff!

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