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Sun Jan 14, 2018, 05:38 PM

Today I observe, but not celebrate, an anniversary.

Today is 28 years of sobriety for me. I don't consider bit to be particularly remarkable, but simply a continuation of a long string of "one day at a time" decisions.

If you are struggling with alcoholism or any other form of addiction, I promise you that you CAN get here from there. Life will not be perfect, but I promise you that it will be better.

In my boozing days my wife wouldn't have given me a second look and I wouldn't have deserved it.

Thank you for reading.

PEACE!

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Reply Today I observe, but not celebrate, an anniversary. (Original post)
MarianJack Jan 2018 OP
MLAA Jan 2018 #1
MarianJack Jan 2018 #2
GreenPartyVoter Jan 2018 #3
Irish_Dem Jan 2018 #4
Ohiogal Jan 2018 #5
HopeAgain Jan 2018 #6
Angry Dragon Jan 2018 #7
elfin Jan 2018 #8
smirkymonkey Jan 2018 #9
RandomAccess Jan 2018 #10
3catwoman3 Jan 2018 #11
Cha Jan 2018 #12
demigoddess Jan 2018 #13
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2018 #31
Grown2Hate Jan 2018 #14
TygrBright Jan 2018 #15
madamesilverspurs Jan 2018 #16
marble falls Jan 2018 #17
Demoiselle Jan 2018 #18
JDC Jan 2018 #19
Kirk Lover Jan 2018 #20
spanone Jan 2018 #21
irisblue Jan 2018 #22
kimbutgar Jan 2018 #23
democrank Jan 2018 #24
Iggo Jan 2018 #25
shenmue Jan 2018 #26
Ilsa Jan 2018 #27
dsc Jan 2018 #28
mreilly Jan 2018 #29
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2018 #30
argyl Jan 2018 #32

Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 05:44 PM

1. I applaud your commitment and success to one day at a time.

👏🏿👏🏻👏🏽👏🏾👏🏼

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Response to MLAA (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 05:47 PM

2. Thank you

PEACE!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 05:50 PM

3. Amazingly well done!!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 05:50 PM

4. Congratulations MarianJack, this is quite an accomplishment.

You have done well and it is remarkable.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 05:54 PM

5. Congratulations, MarianJack

I can't imagine how hard it's been for you. Keep up the good work!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 05:55 PM

6. Congratulations!

for not taking a drink, one day at a time, even if you wanted to.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 06:00 PM

7. Good work

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 06:08 PM

8. This is huge

Have a close friend who is close to 20 yrs of ODAT. No one ever thought they would be able to get through a month, let alone 20 years.

Scared serious by family intervention, then had the dough to get to Betty Ford, then the unbelievable hard work and diligence and constant sharing of its importance to their life.... and voila! Twenty Years! And yet, still, ODAT.

Many many meetings, sometimes two or three times a day if possible by traveling to other venues, reaching out, appreciating those who honor their sobriety, and on and on.

Congrats!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 06:18 PM

9. Congratulations MarianJack!

That is no small accomplishment and it is remarkable, even if it was just "one day at a time". Addiction is a powerful force and to be able to resist that every day is something incredible. I wish you lasting health and happiness in your continued journey!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 06:34 PM

10. Congratulations!

 

It's a wonderful accomplishment, whether you want to celebrate it or not.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 06:44 PM

11. Definitely an accomplishment worth noting.

I hope your message os success anad encouragement reaches someone who needs to hear it.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 06:46 PM

12. Good on ya, Jack!

It really is quite an accomplishment.. I know!

You can celebrate in other ways.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 07:31 PM

13. Congratulations! and you should celebrate with much pride, not a drink.

my parents drank too darn much and it made my childhood rather dark. So, I say good on you!!!

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Response to demigoddess (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 15, 2018, 04:03 AM

31. I'm a member of ACOA

Adult Children of Alcoholics. It's been a big help - and there are a lot of us out there.

http://www.adultchildren.org/

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 07:32 PM

14. I've had a lot of family and friends with substance abuse issues, so I know that's a HELL of an

accomplishment! Well done, and I wish you continued health and success in your recovery.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 07:33 PM

15. Congrats, MarianJack. 28 years of ODAAT!

It can be done.

You did it.

Someone else can do it, too.

One day at a time.

Sharing stories is sharing strength.

appreciatively,
Bright

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 07:33 PM

16. Happy trudging!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 07:35 PM

17. Thank you for hanging in. Live does get better, doesn't it?

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 07:38 PM

18. Congratulations! Of course what you've done is remarkable!!!! All the best...

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 07:50 PM

19. Congrats!

Do you mind if I cross reference your post in the Addiction and Recovery Group? I think it's important to share the success and message of hope there.

Thx and congrats again.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 07:54 PM

20. You should celebrate....while observing! Well done !! n/t

 

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 07:59 PM

21. ...

I admire you....

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 08:01 PM

22. 👏👏👏👏👏

👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 08:16 PM

23. That is quite an accomplishment

Pat yourself on the back you deserve it. My best friend has been sober for over 7 years and I make sure to praise her.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 08:21 PM

24. What an accomplishment, MarianJack. Congratulations!

Such commitment and courage.I'm so happy for you.

~PEACE~

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 08:27 PM

25. All day, every day, 10,227 days in a row. That is kinda remarkable.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 08:30 PM

26. Bravo

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 08:38 PM

27. That is so wonderful!

We are happy for you and your significant others.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 08:39 PM

28. Congrats closing in on 18 here

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 08:40 PM

29. Thank you friend....

 

... I am a practicing alcoholic and your words are greatly uplifting. Good to know there is a light out there. I will think upon your words and work them into my plan.

Again, thank you and congratulations upon your 28 years.

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Jan 15, 2018, 03:54 AM

30. Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

8 years, 8 months and 2 weeks here - One Day at a Time!

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Response to MarianJack (Original post)

Mon Jan 15, 2018, 02:25 PM

32. I never thought I could quit drinking but Ive been sober for 36+ years.

Youíre right, things wonít be perfect but it sure beats the alternative. In my sobriety Iíve taken some hard shots but Iíve never considered drinking as any type of remedy.
When I was first trying to stay sober I was as wobbly as a newborn colt. Then this old timer told me,Ē Thereís not a problem in the world that a drink wonít make worse.Ē
And that one sentence made so much sense to me.

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