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Old 04-15-2013, 05:51 PM
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One Year Sober on the 17th

Hey all, thought I'd check in and mention Wednesday the 17th will be one year sober.

I try to appreciate each day, and I think of 365 as a bit arbitrary.

Nonetheless it's the first time I've been free of alcohol and other intoxicants a whole year since 1996, and not for lack of trying. I made it to 5-10 months sober prob 10 times, and I tried 12 step, rehabs, therapy, diet, psych meds, etc etc. Not to imply that these things didn't help, but I guess in the end it comes down to whether one can avoid picking up.

This time, along with my overall holistic approach to health, I have been on a low dose of antabuse since December, which I will probably continue for another year or so. I'd stay on it for the rest of my life but unfortunately carbon disulfide, one of Antabuse's metabolites, is associated with a fourfold increase in Parkinson's and Vascular disease even in non-alcoholics, so it's a tradeoff.

I don't get urges frequently, but they have come up once or twice when I was at live music events around people drinking, and the Antabuse did help me resist. I wouldn't have attended the events had I not been on the Antabuse bec I knew I'd face temptation. Even after I stop taking it daily, I plan to keep some on hand so I can still enjoy live music without worrying about relapse.

Anyway, that's all for now, good luck to you all!

-Joel
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Congratulations, nycguy.
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Sounds like some hard earned success there. Congrats Joel.
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My partner and I celebrated his 1 & 2 year anniversary with Shirley temples... I hope when I get to 1 year I get to treat myself to one as well! Congrats on 1 year, you are an inspiration!
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Congrats on your year. I'm impressed
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wow one year sober....sounds great to me....congrads!
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Thanks Joel, I appreciate you sharing this. I'm coming up on 10 months here shortly myself, and it helps me to see guys like you who are crossing the 1-year mark. I also find your honesty about cravings to be helpful - I am very much aware that this gift of sobriety can be quickly taken away if we don't stay on track. Thank you again and most of all congratulations!
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Well done Joel.
As a newbie to sobriety you are an inspiration and I so hope I get to be where you are now.
1 whole year! How I want that!
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:17 AM
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Well, it's officially the 17th. Soooooo, HAPPY ONE YEAR!!!!!

You want me to sing a little Sinatra for you?

If I can make it there, I'll make it any where
It's up to you New York.....

Newwwwwwwwwwwwww Yoooooooooooooooooooooooooork!
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Congrats on your first year !

.........a sizable accomplishment, for sure
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