Number 9 - Sober
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by Calicofish
1d ago
Today marks the 9th year of sobriety for me. It's been a journey with ups and downs but for the last 5 or so, I'd say mostly UPS. There has been the occasional thought pass through my brain about taking a drink, but I remind myself that "I don't drink and I will never change my mind, no matter what". That mantra, lifted from Trimpey's "Rational Recovery" has served me well over the past 9 years. In addition to Trimpey's book, I am also grateful for the wonderful people on this forum for their support and guidance. To those of you starting out your journey to sobriety, know that while it is no ..read more
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Good Life
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by RichFarr56
1d ago
I have been sober 8+ years. I am 67 but feel like 50. I lost a younger brother to alcohol 14 years ago. He was only 52. Drowned in a hot tub like Matthew Perry. I have another younger brother who received a new liver 2 years ago. Luck Guy. He now volunteers at the hospital where he received his liver( new life) I am curious how other people on this site achieved sobriety. AA or other methods ..read more
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24 days!
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by JackD89
1d ago
I’m keeping on it. I’m getting drunk dreams again though. Those ones that seem so real you find yourself in the dream feeling shame and regret and screaming how mad you are you messed up. I use to find those quite disturbing. But now I wake up from them thankful for the reminder. Thankful that I am still going ..read more
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When did you know you "had it? Or don't you ever?
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by steve-in-kville
1d ago
I've been trying to quit for 8 years now. Each time I go into it with a different mentality, thinking I had it beat. I've got some months in me but I don't ever want to say I have it 100%. As much it is a thing of my past, it's still kinda there. My question to those that have been sober for a significant amount of time, was there ever a place where you know you had it beat for good? Or doesn't such a thing ever happen? Thoughts on this? (what significant means is up for debate ..read more
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Rescuing dogs kept him sober!
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by least
1d ago
It's a wonderful story. He rescued his first pup when he hadn't been sober too long. It brought about wonderful positive changes in him, and the dog he rescued lived a lot longer than the vet had said it would. This is such a heartwarming story, both for the guy's continuing sobriety, and for the rescued dogs he cares for. :) The article is gifted, so no paywall. :) https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/23/n...smid=url-share ..read more
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Checking in at 11+ years
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by Deckard
2d ago
Hello SR! I usually try to drop a post on my yearly anniversary but I totally missed it this past year. So better late than never… I’m at 11.25+ years sober right now! I've had a paradoxical year in many ways. While I have been largely filled with a sense of peace and gratitude, there have also been some major challenges in the lives of my loved ones, some of whom experienced sickness, death, mental illness, and other suffering. This has led me to think about sobriety and how it has changed me. First of all, every single day I give thanks for being sober. Whatever else might happen, ther ..read more
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Quit 7.17.20 Now I can Have a cocktail or 2 every once in a while Am I the only one?
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by RickV
2d ago
This is a long one if you have the time. I haven't been on here since 7.20.2020 and this is my story: So I quit drinking Friday July 17, 2020 and I remember it vividly. It was 7:30am and it was a beautiful sunny warm day. I only had 3 or 4 short cocktails and I was hammered off my @$$ and it didn't make sense other than my liver was messed up bad and not working and my tolerance went to zero over night!!! I literally had an instant epiphany and said I gotta quit this $#iT!!!! After around 20+ years of abuse it just hit me like a truck, no more excuses, and I just quit! Cold turkey! I should h ..read more
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What makes you begin to feel old?
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by DeplorableDog
2d ago
I have gathered that a lot of us here are not young pups any more. As I have mentioned I drank heavily at a younger age, quit when I got married and stayed quit for over twenty five years so without me stating my exact age one can gather I am fairly along in age. Aside from alcohol some things can happen in life to begin to make us feel old. Sometimes those can be funny stories and entertaining so I created this thread to discuss those instead of our struggle to quit or failures that seem to happen occasionally. I will start with two of my own. One of my first realizations of my aging was abo ..read more
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Considering leaving husband after he gets out of rehab
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by rockstargirl
2d ago
My husband and I have been together 25 years, married almost 20 with 2 teenagers. He has been an alcoholic since his 20's. He was very high functioning and seemingly happy early in our marriage, but things deteriorated over the years, and the last 6-7 years have been really bad. He struggles with severe depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. There were times where he was just catatonic. He was a horrible road rager which terrified me when I was in the car with him. He was always negative about everyone and everything, criticizing me and the kids constantly. Quick tempered and never a real apo ..read more
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I just need to talk.
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by MCAL880
3d ago
I'm having such a difficult night. I had been sober for 24 hours - my fifth attempt in about two months - but had a huge fight with my husband and drank so much tonight. I am so done with everything. I have no one where we live. I am so far away from friends and family since we move every three years because of the military. He recruits, so I don't even have a military base nearby. I've always been the primary parent who takes care of everything at home while he excels at his job and I work from home, and I create tension whenever I try to get a job outside the home ("When you make as much as ..read more
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