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Discussion in 'General discussion' started by zama80, Feb 14, 2014.
I'm not going to congratulate anyone before the actual date.
I'll be expecting it no later than Wednesday then!
Congrats to you sir! My 2 years no Booze was Oct. 1st
Thanks and congrats to you as well!
Once, at a conference, during a sobriety countdown, I was one day away from turning 4, and my sponsor made me stand up for 3 lol. But you made it! Thanks for being an example. Congratulations.
Congrats @Tyler86 ! Tell us how you did it. What's working for you?
Honestly, knowing it's not an option anymore is a large part of it. More than anything I quit being selfish and put my family first. My kids need their dad more than I need to drink. Great support network between family and friends.
Oh and meetings to remind a player what happens when you start drinking again never hurt
The Sober Stogies Group is really a good time, fellas. Really ought to check in some Sunday!
Hey do you guys remember that @ZippoGeek guy? Well, today he has two whole years (in a row) sober! If that guy can do it, anybody can! Congratulations, Jason, and thank you for sharing your sobriety with me! Remember, the keys to lifelong sobriety:
1) Easy Does It
2) Pass It On.
Good job @ZippoGeek !!
I shared what helps me stay sober, YOUR TURN!
Gentlemen, if you want to enjoy a great AA meeting with a cigar today, the Sober Stogies Group is meeting in a half hour! Come on by. We'd love to have ya!
Congrats to Jason @ZippoGeek on 2 years. I am happy for you my friend.
Thank you brothers! Truth be told, I am a QUITTER. I have quit literally everything I have ever made any kind of commitment to. So the fact that I've been able to string together two years without drinking is a flat-out miracle. When I started my step-work, I asked the God of my understanding to give me whatever I needed to keep me sober. His response was, "Okay!!" Since then I haven't missed but a handful of meetings. God gets me down those stairs every day and for that I am grateful. And a grateful drunk doesn't drink.
The three biggest things that have worked for me:
1. I remind myself several times each day that I'm an alcoholic who can't manage his own life. And I'm not a "special" alcoholic. To the contrary, I'm just a garden variety drunk: restless, irritable and discontented. Whenever I think I've got it figured out, I sit my belligerent butt down at the tables and hear exactly what I need to hear that day. The spiritual tool kit has been laid at my feet by wonderful, selfless people (more than I can count).
2. I try to "remember the worst before my first." I know the first drink will lead me to that "incomprehensible demoralization" that the book talks about. One drink and I will be off and running again -- selfish and self-centered in the extreme.
3. "This business of resentment is infinitely grave." When I feel resentful, there's something wrong with ME. Usually it's because I'm being lax with Step 10, or maintaining my conscious contact / Step 11. Or worse, because I'm not reaching out to other alcoholics / Step 12.
Hope your days are blessed and sober...jason
Well said Jason @ZippoGeek
I love that you take your recovery as seriously as you did your drinking. IMO you are an excellent example of how the program works. ODAAT
Thank you Steve. God is doing for me what I could not do for myself.
Grateful to be a small part of a great whole today. 27 years, ODAAT. Nights and weekends. In a row.
For the past 10 years or so, I've always deflected praise and congratulations as I feel the success belongs to AA and my higher power. Seems to have worked despite me at times. The power of the program; the fellowship; the love, tolerance, and forgiveness; the freedom to stumble my way with grace along this path.
THAT is a long...freaking...time without a drink!! Hope you have time to burn something great in celebration of the moment. I have benefitted immensely from your practicing the principles my friend. And I congratulate you. Godspeed brother!
Your an AA miracle my friend. I hope you have many many many more ODAAT and never find an excuse to take that first drink.