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bif

(23,000 posts)
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 10:57 AM Sep 2023

9/9/18. Tomorrow's my 5th anniversary of sobriety!

I honestly didn't think I'd make it this far. It's been an interesting road I've been on. My wife and two daughters did an intervention and put me into recovery. I was pretty resentful for many years. I'd say to myself, "You guys made the decision, not me. I'd be a lot more committed if I chose to quit." Well, I've finally gotten over that. And these days, I rarely think about drinking. I've almost developed a superiority attitude. Like, I don't need to drink. I mentally scoffed the other day when I saw someone at the grocery store loading wine bottles into one of those 6-pack cloth bags!

I've come a long way, that's for sure! For all you in early recovery, hang in there. If I can do it, so can you!

I forgot to give SMART Recovery a great big thanks for keeping me on the path.

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9/9/18. Tomorrow's my 5th anniversary of sobriety! (Original Post) bif Sep 2023 OP
. magicarpet Sep 2023 #1
Congrats on you major milestone! MLAA Sep 2023 #2
Wow! Congratulations bif! I don't know a single "former alcoholic" or whatever the right term is KPN Sep 2023 #3
Fabulous! MOMFUDSKI Sep 2023 #4
Congratulations! My addiction was nicotine. It was fierce getting off of it. Joinfortmill Sep 2023 #5
CONGRATULATIONS! 50 Shades Of Blue Sep 2023 #6
congrats! Its a little like flying a plane with a really stiff yoke Blues Heron Sep 2023 #7
Bravo!! Runningdawg Sep 2023 #8
If all else fails, consider an intervention. bif Sep 2023 #9
Attempted several years ago - he ended up in jail and almost died from the DTs Runningdawg Sep 2023 #10
One word BWdem4life Sep 2023 #12
No thanks. I tried it years ago. W-A-Y to much praying to jesus for this atheist. Runningdawg Sep 2023 #16
Well if they are praying to Jesus they're doing it wrong. BWdem4life Sep 2023 #17
Enjoy it... BWdem4life Sep 2023 #11
Good for you, bif! RainCaster Sep 2023 #13
5 years is a long time. Congrats. Bristlecone Sep 2023 #14
Congratulations, well done! And I agree, you've shown it can be done... Rhiannon12866 Sep 2023 #15

KPN

(15,733 posts)
3. Wow! Congratulations bif! I don't know a single "former alcoholic" or whatever the right term is
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 11:16 AM
Sep 2023

who isn't a happy person because of it. That's the definition of a successful life in my book -- being happy. Nothing matters more than happiness.

Joinfortmill

(14,816 posts)
5. Congratulations! My addiction was nicotine. It was fierce getting off of it.
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 11:37 AM
Sep 2023

Almost 20 years now. Every once in awhile the urge passes through me. Gives me the shivers. Stay cool, man.

Blues Heron

(5,988 posts)
7. congrats! Its a little like flying a plane with a really stiff yoke
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 12:14 PM
Sep 2023

pulling out of that spiral is a monumental effort, and flying straight is also hard!

Runningdawg

(4,533 posts)
8. Bravo!!
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 01:14 PM
Sep 2023

Any words of wisdom for the wife of an alcoholic? Besides get out - which would leave me homeless?

Runningdawg

(4,533 posts)
10. Attempted several years ago - he ended up in jail and almost died from the DTs
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 05:08 PM
Sep 2023

No insurance, no money for rehab.

BWdem4life

(1,807 posts)
12. One word
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 05:19 PM
Sep 2023

Al-Anon.

https://al-anon.org/

(For you. Changing another person is not usually possible, they have to make that decision themselves - although interventions have occasionally been successful if the timing is right.)

BWdem4life

(1,807 posts)
17. Well if they are praying to Jesus they're doing it wrong.
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 11:30 PM
Sep 2023

Well I wouldn't go either if they were pushing religion, I'm agnostic.

RainCaster

(11,047 posts)
13. Good for you, bif!
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 08:22 PM
Sep 2023

25 months for me. Also because of an intervention, wife and kids. Best thing that has ever happened to me, except for her saying yes 43 years ago.

24 hours at a time. That's all I have to do.

Bristlecone

(10,221 posts)
14. 5 years is a long time. Congrats.
Fri Sep 8, 2023, 08:51 PM
Sep 2023

I’m sure some ice cream will make its way into your celebration.
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