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Wed Feb 29, 2012, 08:12 AM

2-28-1992

Celebrated 20 years last night, shared cake with some wonderful people,

Truly I am blessed

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Reply 2-28-1992 (Original post)
NMDemDist2 Feb 2012 OP
irisblue Feb 2012 #1
cordelia Feb 2012 #4
NMDemDist2 Feb 2012 #5
cordelia Feb 2012 #2
NMDemDist2 Mar 2012 #7
tavalon Mar 2012 #13
oldhippydude Feb 2012 #3
NMDemDist2 Feb 2012 #6
Rhiannon12866 Mar 2012 #8
tavalon Mar 2012 #12
Rhiannon12866 Mar 2012 #14
tavalon Mar 2012 #15
NMDemDist2 Mar 2012 #16
tavalon Mar 2012 #18
demosincebirth Mar 2012 #9
Tripod Mar 2012 #10
tavalon Mar 2012 #11
Old Codger Mar 2012 #17

Response to NMDemDist2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 10:33 AM

1. Cyber Chip!

congratulations! Cyber Chips and Cyber Hugs. and for me, today is 6 months..

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Response to irisblue (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 07:51 PM

4. Congratulations!

That is fantastic.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 09:07 PM

5. most excellent and thank you

Congrats on 6 months, I think that was the hardest one after the first week



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Response to NMDemDist2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 07:48 PM

2. Congratulations!

Truly inspiring.

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Response to cordelia (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 1, 2012, 07:48 PM

7. thanks cordelia

sorry i missed your post in there

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Reply #7)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 04:14 AM

13. It's not your job to thank each of us individually

It's our job to shower you with congrats, so very deserved. I'm finding that working on recovery is much more difficult than falling into old habits. You deserve all the accolades. And if you stumble, you will always have many hands willing to hold yours while you dig out. But if I were a betting woman (which I'm not, because I think that might just be one of my soft spots), I would guess that you won't.

Then again, to start a whole different topic, how hard is it for people with huge amounts of sobriety to admit when they have screwed up? I would think it would be incredibly hard, but I don't know. Perhaps the tenth (?) says it best when it says we recognize our mistakes and promptly admitted them. Makes it sound so easy, huh? (sorry don't have the steps right in front of me and am the opposite of eidetic).

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Original post)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 07:50 PM

3. congrats both

you know that 20 year thing is in fact a day at a time.. but i found that folks kind set that as milestone, and in fact folks started treating me subtly diffent..even though i was the same guy.. thanks for being one of "go to" guys online

and congrats on 6 months .. that is a big deal.. how i remember my first 6 months..

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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 29, 2012, 09:08 PM

6. thankie

Miracles really DO happen!

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 12:32 AM

8. K&R! Wow!!! Kudos to you!

I have 34 months today.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #8)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 04:06 AM

12. And another anniversary

Since we take this day by day, yours counts too! Congratulations!

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Response to tavalon (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 04:19 AM

14. Thank you so much!

I used to keep track of the days, but now I'd need a calculator, LOL. But that's exactly how I did it, One Day at a Time...

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 04:40 AM

15. Yep, I don't remember the day of my first meeting

but I remember coming home from my work and having the addict confront me about the difference between enabling and helping and that he would need my help in the future and wanted to make sure "I believed in him". I cried and I cried, but the quiet voice inside my head knew I was being manipulated. I won't ever forget that. It was the day I was sure that the man I knew and loved was gone.

He left that day and I had to send a letter I wasn't ready to send (too early in recovery) but I sent it. I haven't heard from him since and when I'm in my sickness, I wonder and worry, and when I'm working my program, I'm working my program. It's that simple. I'm insane if I'm not working the program and progressing to sanity when I am. I'm not sure how I'll measure the time, I think I might just measure the progress.

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Reply #16)

Sun Mar 4, 2012, 07:21 AM

18. That rocks

You know, it feels simultaneously weird and really okay to mix it up with recovering drug addicts, recovering alcoholics and recovering enablers. We all have a drug of choice that made us insane.

Mine is trying to help people who are quite capable of helping themselves. It doesn't roll off the tongue as easily as say, "my drug of choice is Stoli". Perhaps I should say, "my drug of choice is people". Insane. Working day by day to get sane.

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 01:05 AM

9. congratulations!

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 03:27 AM

10. Great work, I'll be realy old for my twenty.

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2012, 04:04 AM

11. Woot

Much better than my couple of years, followed by fifteen years of running my own life, followed by, um, lemme see, 3 months. Congratulations! You are an inspiration to me and to no doubt, many.

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Response to NMDemDist2 (Original post)

Sat Mar 3, 2012, 06:42 PM

17. Great

Way to go.... 20 is a milestone for all of us...

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