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Alcoholic In Recovery
April 13, 2002
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I just found this site while surfing the net and I must speak to yall. I am 28 years old and addicted to alcohol. I have become powerless over my addiction and I am now reaching out for as much support as I can. I have not had a drink today or yesterday and I feel like I have been run over by a truck. I am in AA recovering and the process is very painful. I just need support. I have my sponcor my best friend and my family. Im gonna make it I just gotta fight. So Im reaching out for as much support as I can.
Thank You for listening.

April 13, 2002
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Hi

Really proud of you. You can do it, just do a day at a time.

You've found a site with loads of people with all sorts of things going on, they're all fighters too! Keep checking back and you'll find the friendship and support you get will give you the power to keep fighting.

Sometimes the most difficult thing is to admit you've got a problem. Well done for being honest with yourself, I think it's the first step.

Lots of hugs for being brave and facing your problem.

April 13, 2002
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You've all made me feel welcome. Thank you all! I am so happy to know that you understand. Guess what I did today. Instead of looking for that drink my best friend and me rented some movies. We watched one, went and had tacos for lunch, and this evening when i get off from work we're gonna watch the rest of the movies. I have tried to quit before and been unsuccessful. Now Im just praying for strength to take it one day at a time.

The song says Lead Me To the Rock That is Higher Than I.

April 13, 2002
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Welcome Alchie

I also am a recoverying alcoholic haven't had a drink in 444days, doesn't mean I don't want to some of the time, but for today I chose not to drink. I'll check back on ya later I had a bike ride to go on!!!much more things to do than drink, drink and drink. Like your movie, you have to go out and find it. Recovery is HARD work but it is so worth it!

April 13, 2002
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hi,

please contact jehovah's witnesses and they can give you support from the bible which will prove vital in your success of overcoming your alcohol addiction. God does not want any of us to miss out on the opportunity for everlasting life, so please call them.

April 13, 2002
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Archie.

Remember, it is the first drink that does the damage. Don't have that first drink just one day at a time and attend regular AA meetings with an open mind - look for the similarities not the differences!!

Promise yourself that if you do choose to pick up that first drink, that, before doing so, you will ring an AA member first!!

Get yourself a "Big book", a "Twelve by twelve" book and a "One day at a time" booklet and read a little of each every morning and night.

All the best buddy - thanks to Bill Wilson, and all the early co-founders of AA you are treading a well worn path with many fellow travellers.

April 13, 2002
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So many wonderful suggestions. I am glad I can count on you all. I have not taken that drink today and in 35 minutes I will be two days sober. Well I will write more in the morning, I am real tired right now.

April 14, 2002
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!Alchie on your two days!

April 14, 2002
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Congratulations on your 2 days! Looking forward to your next day, too!

April 14, 2002
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Hey everyone and thanks for your support. Its another day sober and I am feeling good. Not nervous or jittery today, just good. I went to church this morning and that was very uplifting. I am working on day 3. It does hurt some, but I know it's for the best. My only hope is that when the going gets tough I can withstand. My friends have been extremely supportive of my attempts at rehabilitation and I love them for that. But at the same time while I know I can always count on them, I must learn to lean fully on God. It would be selfish for me to expect them to always be there because only God can always be there. So, I am happy just knowing that they are there when they can be. And knowing you all are here for me that helps a lot too.

April 15, 2002
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Alchie let me tell ya alittle story. While I was in a treatment center, (rehab)the first AA meeting I went to they gave us all a marble. We all where just like what ever! Then they told us to put the marble in our pocket and before we ever took another drink take it out and throw it as far as you can. Then you would know for sure you had lost all our marbles. I have this big jar and a big bag of marbles and every morning I get out a new marble and carry it with me all day long. Then at the end of the day, I put my marble in the jar and say ANOTHER DAY SOBER AND ANOTHER DAY WITH ALL MY MARBLES! I have all colors and all sizes and I have had friends and family members give them to me. Everyday I get a different color or size, some are pretty and some are plain, but that is the way life is. Those marbles in that jar are very special to me because I have worked very hard for them. Blood,sweat and tears on those marbles. Everyday is different and somedays it will be easy and somedays you will want to throw that marble away, but before you do it think about that decision you are about to make because it could change the rest of your life.

April 15, 2002
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Time4Change thank you that is an excellent idea!!!!! I will try that. I wanna say thanks too to everyone who has been helping me along through this. It is day 4 that I have been sober & with the help of God I will stay sober for today! All of my help cometh from the Lord. It has been a process and a very trying one at that but God continues to bring me through. Blondie, you said youve been here b4 and I have a question for you. I found out about a vitamin supplement called melatonin and that supplemet causes your body to relax late at night. From the research I've done, its perfectly safe. You can't get addicted b/c your body naturally produces melatonin which is just a chemical secreted when you go to sleep. Now my question is that should I get a very bad late night craving, should I take the melatonin supplement? It's intended for those having trouble getting to sleep. And there are times that I have trouble getting to sleep from craving the drink.

April 16, 2002
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Day 5 and surprisingly I'm all right. But it always goes that way during the week & the only real trouble comes at night. The weekend is where it really gets down to the wire. On Friday, I've completed work, finished with my last class and free until Monday. A drink then seems mighty tempting but I can and I will resist. And Blondie, last night I felt a heavy craving for alcohol & I took the melatonin. You're talking about some deep relaxing, and good sleep. I had no idea the vitamin could be so potent. That was reviving. I woke up this morning feeling great & have been all day. Let's see . . . I gave blood at the school blood drive, went to the schools to intern in a 4th grade classroom (I'm studying to be a teacher), and now, I'm gonna finish my paper due tomorrow. Last night the sunset was so beautiful & the stars shined so brightly. Those are things that I would not have been able to pay attention to in a drunken stupor. Also, the cookies were great along with a pepsi after the blood drive. Heck in a drunken stupor those cookies would be just to settle my case of the munchies. But those home made cookies were great. Well, I will write more tonight.

April 16, 2002
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If you think this is good, it get's better!!!get support that is the most important. The weather is nice and I have both neighbors on both sides of me drinking beer and smoking pot. I think God is putting me to the test. I can leave the pot alone but I LUST after all the beer, so I just don't go outside. It doesn't matter how many days you have sober, relaps can always slip up on us if we are not aware of it. Name it! Claim it! dump it !

April 17, 2002
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Congratulations Blondie. would you care to share with us how you did it? How you stayed clean and sober and about the bad times how did you handle them? I know your looking better than ever!!!!

April 17, 2002
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Congratulations Blondie!!!!! For me this represents day 6. Last night I didn't take the melatonin but I still got good sleep. I did so much work just to make sure I was burned out when I got home. Surprisingly, that works too. I am having a cookout next month and right now, that, not alcohol is my main focus.

April 17, 2002
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Congrats on your day. Keep planning for your cookout!

April 17, 2002
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A song I heard the other day, reminded me of my present fight in overcoming alcohol:

Through it all, through it all,
I've learned to trust in Jesus!
I've learned to trust in God!
Through it all, through it all,
I've learned to depend upon his word.

April 17, 2002
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Almost another day of sobriety and funny people tell me it would be hard and the first couple of days were painful. But today, I am feeling just fine. I pray now more than I ever have in the past and I feel so full of God that He's even in my dreams. Blondie, will there be other days when I don't feel so good and it gets harder? I can't say I won't ever drink again. Of course I don't want to but addiction doesn't ask us what we want. So, I will just say that I am not drinking for today.

One day at a time sweet Jesus

That's all I'm asking from you.

Lord give me the strength

To do everything I have to do.

Yesterday is gone sweet Jesus

And tomorrow may never be mine.

Lord for my sake, teach me to take

One day at a time.

That's my prayer today and one of my favorite songs I might add 🙂

April 17, 2002
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t4c, you never told me about your marbles, what a great thing, and there are some really beautiful ones out there.

The power of triggers, is both good and bad. I remember doing an intake, and the man had been in a program, that one of the other counselors had been through, I was still fairly new at the clinic, but they used oranges, since the facility was close to a field of orange trees. The other counselor told me on the scheduled dates that he was to have his session to put a basket of oranges on my desk, with out giving me the reason, he said I would discover it. Needles to say the first visit, the man was uncomfortable, no clues. The second visit, he asked me to schedule an immediate detox, I said why ? He said the damn oranges. He had forgotten so much about the program that he had worked,and that the oranges reminded him of what he had gained, and lost. he did get off the program, and never came back. What ever works, and we are all so unique, still so very proud of you, one day or one marble at a time.

April 18, 2002
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Thanks every1. Today marks the first week of my new found sobriety. I had a mild case of the jitters last night. I took a melatonin supplement and that calmed my nerves down, but even so I still felt it somewhat. But the melatonin sedated my body to the point where I could at least sleep. I'm still taking it one day at a time.

April 18, 2002
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congrats alchie, seven days is truly wonderful. stay with those who further your recovery and never forget that you are never alone. Like Molly says, whatever works! all my best

April 18, 2002
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Hey all, at the end of today, I am all burned out. I am surrounded by temptations as I am a college student living among college students. Hence, alcohol is so easily available. But for some reason, I feel that I have been detoxified. I fasted and prayed for all this week from sun up to sundown. God detoxified my spirit & the fasting from what I understand detoxified my body. Now, I just have to realize that the withdrawal will eventually go away. Well, I'm getting ready to turn in, write more tomorrow.

April 19, 2002
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I believe that temptation is always there, that we have the higher and lower power with in our selves at all times. It simply takes practice, and self love to continue the choice of higher power, although the lower power is strong, loud, and demanding, easy and comfortable,( even if temporary) So rise to the highest that you can today, and one day at a time,.

April 20, 2002
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Hey all. Its day 9 and I just realized another of my triggers. I drank after a stressful day at work. Today was the epitomy of stress. Now, I am tempted to turn back and drink. But my sense is kicking in and saying "have a fudge sundae instead, drinking solves nothing." I just hope I can listen, it seems pretty enticing right now.

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