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Old 11-02-2018, 10:10 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Among other things, it took away my sense of logic. Being addicted isn't logical.
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Old 11-03-2018, 11:00 AM   #22 (permalink)
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It took away my Mum and alot of my childhood. I had to grow up early and learn to survive with a whole bunch of issues but im getting there and I am fortunately not an alcoholic myself!

To those of you that are sober you are amazing ,one to admit you have a problem with alcohol and two to actually do something about it.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:28 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Alcohol took away a huge portion of my childhood and both of my parents.
Alcohol took away my self respect, my peace of mind, my morals, my kindness, and so many other things.
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Old 11-04-2018, 05:46 PM   #24 (permalink)
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My ability to feel my feelings and be true to myself.
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Old 11-14-2018, 01:13 AM   #25 (permalink)
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It took my whole savings I was foolish enough to spend everything .. but realizing that I had nothing left. I came to senses somehow and started my recovery and started working
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Old 11-22-2018, 10:02 AM   #26 (permalink)
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It took the career I had. It took my finances. It played a part in taking my children, I haven't had any contact with them in a couple of years. It took my self respect and dignity. And it may have now taken the love of my life, an absolutely amazing woman who always tries to do the next right thing. I am convinced God put her into my life to get me sober. I wish I would have woken up and started fixing myself well before I did, and I would still have her. She told me this morning we might, someday, have a chance at a future together, but that she is not going to wait and is starting to date other men. That, my friends, was very much a knife in the gut. It convinced me, more than all the legal troubles and everything else, that the path I am on in my recovery is the only possible path for me to take. I want to be with her. But I want for her to be happy and have that partner she wants that loves, honors and protects her even more. She deserves that, and so much more for just being the person she is. My reaction a few weeks ago would be to go on a bender. My reaction today was to find a meeting, maybe more than one, to go to today. And to be grateful that she is at least still speaking to me, and at least I have the opportunity to remain friends with her. Alcohol took a lot from me, but my sobriety has given me the ability to want the best for her, whether it's with me or not. And today I am thankful for that.
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Old 11-26-2018, 11:22 AM   #27 (permalink)
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It took away my ability to feel anymore I can't remember most of my life and 2 houses and countless jobs. Back on day 1 after a relapse so mind is still gone overdrive
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Old 11-26-2018, 11:29 AM   #28 (permalink)
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It destroyed my confidence and self-worth.

What did alcohol take from you? How can you get it back?
That was the biggie for me. I got it back, although the confidence was no longer about how great I was. It was more just knowledge that I could be happy. It is a clearer perspective of who I really am. I'm not the king of the hill, but I'm not a bad person, either.
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Old 11-26-2018, 09:00 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Took away my stability, my spirituality, my social life (after convincing myself that it was helping my social life) and my looks. It's shallow as hell, but weight gain, premature wrinkles and dehydrated skin and hair are actually a big motivation for me to stop.
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It took away my reasoning, my belief in anything good, my trust in God, my ability to love myself, my joy, my hope, my health, to name a few.


Sobriety has given me back all of this and so much more.

It truly is the gift that never stops giving.
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Old 11-27-2018, 09:51 PM   #31 (permalink)
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It took my dignity and my self respect. So glad those days are gone.
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Old 11-29-2018, 03:38 AM   #32 (permalink)
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my life..clinically dead 3 times from burns- because of booze..then my wife, sons, home, career, possessions and money..also my sense of self
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Old 12-07-2018, 04:10 AM   #33 (permalink)
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It took 20 years of my life which I should have been building a career and raising a family. Instead I was partying and wallowing in self pity. I'm extremely lucky to still have excellent physical health, so onwards to the next 40years
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:23 AM   #34 (permalink)
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It took:

- my self-esteem (I hate myself almost all the time)
- my friends and family (no one wants me around -- and I don't blame them!)
- my mental and physical health
- several jobs
- lots of money
- my moral compass
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Old 12-09-2018, 06:56 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Alcohol took away my Mother. I have one photo of her that reminds me of the real her, and a bottle of perfume that is the brand she used to wear. If I open the cap, and breath in that scent, my Mother is there, it's the 1970's and she's young, loving and full of hugs and affection for me.

Alcohol then went on to take away my 30's and drive away the person who probably loved me more than anyone else had since my Mother.

So, alcohol has taken a lot.

Sobriety gave me back a different life. But it is a good life. One I never thought possible.
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Old 12-09-2018, 07:03 AM   #36 (permalink)
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It took away—

My love of self
Empathy toward others
My patience
My nice complexion
My nice figure
The ability to establish healthy relationships
The space in my mind That not think about alcohol
A good portion of my income
My moral compass
My sense that I would never die from liver problems
The ability to see that life should be lived up to its fullest


Wow!!! Too much of a high price.

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