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Old 02-01-2020, 06:53 PM
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7 years and still feel a newcomer

Its 7 years today that I managed to pull up from a race to the bottom.
What have I learnt in the last year.
1. Don't give yourself a hard time , everyone is flawed.
2. Alcoholism is one of the most underinvested, underground , stigmatised , pervasive problem that society faces and this needs to change.
3. The longer you stay sober, never forget how bad it was, especially at the moments of temptation such as Christmas, birthdays, special occasions etc.
4. Be proud to be sober its a sign of strength and compassion.

Above all , respect all who suffer from this disease, abstinence is the only approach to fulfilling a love filled life.

Wishing you all health and happiness. X
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Old 02-01-2020, 06:58 PM
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Congrats on seven years sober! It's been ten years for me, but I still have a vivid memory of the last time I went thru withdrawal.
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congratulations George

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Congratulations on 7 years of freedom, George.
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I hope I never forget those first awful few days of my recovery. Congratulations on seven whole years! One day I'll get there myself.
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Congrats on seven years
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Congrats!

I was at the casino yesterday smartly betting on the Superbowl. This is code for donating my money to keep the lights on in this crazy town.

I didn't want to rush as i studied the 15 pages of prop bets because I was also looking around at the folks drinking in front of me.

The waitress was stressed, she was non stop back and forth with tray after tray of about 20 drinks. It was 12 pm.

The chemically altered version of me used to be one of those drinks.

I remember the rationalization I would go through. How long I had to wait, per drink, to drive home.

At home, i would work on a gallon of vodka or whisky.

I'd pass out by 6 or 7.

If I was lucky, my wife would go to work without screaming at me for being a drunk. If not, we would get into drunk shouting match the might lead to the neighbors calling the cops.

Then I would wake up at least 10 times with the worst hang over ever knowing I was going to start drinking again around 9 am or sooner.

My bp would be 190/120.

Dead man walking.

My poor son would be scratching his head wondering why his father was always drinking booze.

It was Superbowl Sunday! It should be a national holiday. I would be passed out by 2pm. I would miss the whole game.

Hopefully, I didn't leave a pizza burning in the oven.

Then I had to go to work at 4 am Monday. Red eyed and reeking. Going through withdrawals. Good morning boss. D122y you look like hell.

So I would quit for 3 or 4 days and come down with a cold. This is code for detox. Then I would start all over again.

After all, valentine's day is coming up.

What a nightmare.

Thank God those days are over forever.

I am getting up in a few minutes and hitting the gym for a natural dopamine, adrenaline, and endorphin fix. Can't wait.

Thanks SR for saving my life.

Love you all!

Happy Superbowl Sunday!
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We are all on a journey in life listening, learning,
absorbing and apply lots of new, interesting tools
and knowledge available to all of us, in helping us
achieve health, happiness, peace, serenity, honesty
all along the way.

We always remain willing, openminded and teachable
on this amazing journey in life.

Good job on your own sobriety. Keep going.
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Congratulations on 7 years! I love your comment ( Above all , respect all who suffer from this disease, abstinence is the only approach to fulfilling a love filled life.)
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Old 02-02-2020, 04:17 AM
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Wow congratulations George!

I will always be proud of getting sober and always be a newcomer just like you.
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Originally Posted by George16 View Post
3. The longer you stay sober, never forget how bad it was, especially at the moments of temptation such as Christmas, birthdays, special occasions etc.
I like this^^^.

As humans we like to celebrate special occasions, whether it involves drinking, or just doing something special. That's our human nature.

But alcoholism, doesn't care what day or occasion it is, It doesn't care one single bit. It just needs to get drunk, and it doesn't care why. Christmas, New Years, Wednesday, the birth of your first born, or the death of a loved one. It's all the same. Just drink until you can't drink anymore, and do the same thing the next day. It requires no creativity or preparation. Just get out the bottle and start sucking it down.
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