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Alcoholics in Recovery-How long have you been sober
August 7, 2006
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Me- 5 months today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 7, 2006
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Hello jewel, I am not in recovery, but I want to tell you Congratulations on 5 months! That is awesome. I am so proud of you. For a person who is fighting day by day, 5 months is amazing!

August 7, 2006
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By the grace of God!
This Friday will be 200 days off pot and alcohol!!

August 7, 2006
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Jewel,

Congratulations on your 5 months!!!!

Congrats to you too SBD.

I will be sober 2 years on Aug.12

Keep up the good work!!!!

Love,
Lolli

August 7, 2006
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SBD-Wow, 200 days is great. Did you do it on your own?

Lolli-2 years is wonderful. I can't wait to get there one day.

Sassy-Thanks for the encourgment. It means a lot to me.

August 7, 2006
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((jewel)) ((sbd)) and ((lolli)) huge hugs and lots of "way to go".....so proud of you all for your sobriety!!!!!

bumping this up...(((camer))))

August 7, 2006
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Thanks camer!!!

August 7, 2006
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Thanks Everyone!! Congrats back at you.
I did it on my own, I was ready to quit.
Revelation waits for capacity.

August 8, 2006
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Clean & Sober since June 12, 2002!!!

Congrats to all and to me!!!

love,
ella

August 8, 2006
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Jewel, I remember when you were first struggling and having a hard time... wow... you have a lot of sober time now!!! AWESOME!!! You go girl!

August 8, 2006
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hi everyone,i am curious i drink every night,iv tried stopping on my own but then i can,t sleep.can sleeping tablets help or not cos i know thay are adictive too.or what other meds are there.i dont drink through the day just on a night but im not happy about it.could anyone give me any advise.

August 8, 2006
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Col Rigz,

If you are not happy with it, it is something that you need to change. It took me a long time before I was ready to quit. I drank nearly everyday from the time I was 18 to 25 and finally quit this past march. I was ready. You may want to go to aa meetings(I didn't go that route, but have heard many good words on them), go to counseling, or slowly lower the amount you drink until you aren't drinking and replace it with something healthy like water. I have found since I quit that I drink a ton of water in the evening. I now want to be healthy and take care of myself after years of neglect. If I can help you in any other way, I will be there for you. Alcoholism is something I have come to learn a lot about. It is a tough road, but you can beat it. DOn't let the demons lead the way. Take control of your life and change it to the way you want it.

Jewel

August 8, 2006
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ella,

WOW!!!! I didn't know that you were sober that long. Way to go girl!!!! The strengh that you have to do that. That is not easy. Do you still get any cravings?

Jewel

August 8, 2006
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double wow for Ella.....just reading the post and i didn't realize it was since 2002 you were sober, i was thinging 2006...........good for you and your 4+ years of sobriety!!!
love, camer

August 8, 2006
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Way to go Ella!!!!!!

August 8, 2006
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hi all

August 6 - ten years for non drinking

and four and a half years for not smoking.

can hardly believe it myself!

Have a good day everyone!
MsP

August 8, 2006
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MS,

That is wonderful. It is people like yourself that give me the encourgement that I need to stay sober. Just knowing that it can be done. I quit smoking 3 and a half years ago. I totally forgot about that addiction. I commend you on your many years of sobriety.

Jewel

August 8, 2006
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msguud,

Happy Anniversary and Congratualtions on 10 years!!!!

Lolli

August 8, 2006
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Congrats again to all... we need these times to pat each other on the backs!

Jewel, to answer your question, yes, I still get cravings... but I am more and more in tune with the consequences of what would happen if I "slipped." Even when I'm miserable, I know a little temporary fix would make me feel worse in the end... I also have had suicidal attempts and gestures and have learned to deal with those urges in much the same way... and now I am learning to treat dangerous relationships as something to contend with as well... it's hard to put into words here without trivializing it.

It was hard, I thought I finally found something (dope) that made me feel better after years of depression. N.A. helped a lot in the beginning, day programs, but eventually I had to take a hold of things and realize with that sort of self destruction it is all or nothing. I realized even when I am at my worst there are a few things I couldn't stand to lose. But with drugs and alcohol, you may end up losing everything- including your freedom.

I'm so proud of you Jewel, and you other ladies. So often here we talk about our loved one's problems and it is so refreshing to focus on the success we have had working on our own.

much love,
ella

August 12, 2006
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A couple days over 5 months of sobriety and every day is getting better and easier. I couldn't go back to those horrid hangovers that would last all day. I had a dream the other night that I relapsed and it felt so real. What a nightmare it was and reminded me not to ever pick up again. I would rather move forward than go backwards.

August 12, 2006
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Hey! I can post on this thread now! My last drink was Thursday night. I know it's only Saturday, but I made it thru a Friday night...see D dog Blog threads for details...

I need support cuz I'm home alone today...

August 15, 2006
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D dog,

I haven't had much time, but congrats on your sobriety. I have been following your blogs a little. I am so happy for you that you are not drinking. For me, the beginning was the hardest and then it got easirer. And it is much easier if you take things one day at a time, even one hour at a time. You can win this battle. Keep posting and I will find time to write in more depth at a later time to try to support and help you more. I am so proud of you!!!!

Jewel

August 15, 2006
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How long before you are able to sleep
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August 15, 2006
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Reachingout,

I don't know if you were asking d dog or me, but at the same time I quit drinking, I got diagnosed with bipolar disorder and put on meds that made me sleep through the whole night. If I didn't have anything at all whether it be sleeping pills or whatever, I would be up all night tossing and turning. Are you suffering from a drinking problem?

Jewel

August 15, 2006
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I didn't really think it was a problem but have relized it is actually a serious problem I drank everynight at least 6 beers started wanting to lose my gut so thought I would try wine and rum instead of just quiting but always drink till I'm at least buzzed last night only had 3 beers didn't sleep a wink. I have to quit this but I have to sleep

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