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Old 12-08-2022, 02:48 PM
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Amazing work!!! You should be so proud of yourself.

In my rehab programme they've told me my biggest obstacle is that I still see it as a fight every day rather than a positive life choice I've made. They said in their experience, if I keep seeing it as a fight, I'll get too exhausted and that;s when It'll strike?

I would really appreciate your wise words, or anyone who's reading

thanks guys
It takes time I think Kes- I went from fighting to not drink, to being happy I didn't drink.
I prefer my sober life and there are no conditions that would drag me back to drinking.

No fight because I have what I want.

where are you on the scale?

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Old 12-08-2022, 03:32 PM
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In the opening post on the weekender's thread, there is a quote by our dear departed friend Gilmer, She said it's better to quit drinking not because it's bad for you, but because something much better is waiting for you sober.

I used to wish I could drink but after being sober a while, I was glad I was sober cause my life is so much better sober.
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I’m especially in awe of anyone who quits in December. There’s never a bad time to quit, but it must be that bit harder over Xmas.

Awesome, Least 👍
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Old 12-08-2022, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by kes2 View Post

In my rehab programme they've told me my biggest obstacle is that I still see it as a fight every day rather than a positive life choice I've made. They said in their experience, if I keep seeing it as a fight, I'll get too exhausted and that;s when It'll strike?
I've only very recently sorted out this important distinction for myself.

If I see sobriety as an "absence" of fun, relaxation, enjoyment then I am approaching it from a state of deprivation. And anyone who's dieted knows how hard it is to live in permanent deprivation! To always feel like you're missing out a bit.

When I begin to see sobriety as an "abundance" of freedom, relaxation, true fun, the chance to let your honest spirit out to thrive in the world, then I am approaching it from a state of power and gratitude. It takes away the desire to drink. It removes the attraction of the false relief because I KNOW that it is false. It's a facade. The truth of sobriety is MUCH more beautiful. It is real.

That's what I want. I think that may be what people with long-term sobriety mean when they say that no one could pay them enough to pick up again.

Just my thoughts on a really interesting subject, Kes!
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Old 12-08-2022, 03:50 PM
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If I were offered a million dollars to drink, I'd have to turn it down, cause nothing can make me drink and ruin the peace and happiness I have sober.
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Old 12-08-2022, 04:31 PM
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Kes has started a new thread here:
https://www.soberrecovery.com/forums...lcoholism.html (Do you see recovery as a "fight" against alcoholism?)

Probably best to move the topic over there

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Old 12-08-2022, 04:48 PM
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Woot woot. You get my dance..
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Old 12-08-2022, 06:21 PM
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Mondo bitchen achievement; about as good as they get. Well done. You're an inspiration to us all!
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Old 12-08-2022, 06:59 PM
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great job. very inspiring. thanks for sticking around to show newcomers that itís possible
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Old 12-08-2022, 07:06 PM
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It was some of the old timers here who showed me it was possible. I am only giving back what was so freely given to me .
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Old 12-08-2022, 07:25 PM
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I'm late to join the party, but happy to be here to congratulate you on your 13 years!

To know we're not alone has made all the difference to me. I'm so glad to be walking down this road with you, least.
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Old 12-08-2022, 07:30 PM
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Hey Least, congratulations on your inspiring length of achievement. The fact that you kept sobriety going in trying and painful times was showing me strength in your sobriety resolve. You’ve been around as long as I can remember on these boards. I know you mentioned old timers who showed you it was possible, but you are one of the people who helped show me it was possible. Thankyou and congratulations!

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Old 12-08-2022, 08:34 PM
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Congratulations Least!
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Old 12-08-2022, 09:08 PM
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13 years is Amazing! Thank you for always being here!

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Old 12-08-2022, 10:38 PM
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Lucky 13. Well done Least.
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Congratulations Least. Youíve been an inspiration and always encouraging. 13 years is wonderful
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congrats least, you are a gentle inspiration...
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Old 12-09-2022, 04:42 AM
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Least,

I am also late to the thread. I echo all the sentiments that have already been expressed. The long timers such as yourself are an inspiration to all who are new and old here. Your continued sharing is appreciated and much needed by all who come here. Congratulations and best wishes.
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