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Old 05-16-2004, 11:06 AM
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JJT - I am late on this but my congratulations is no less meant sincerely. You have MUCH to be proud of!!! I know after 21 years keep it up one day at a time sounds almost silly, but those of us who've been there or whose loved ones have been there understand. Congratulations again and happy late BIRTHDAY
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Old 05-16-2004, 11:09 AM
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I was lucky... never got into the meth. I loved the uppers and the nose candy. Oh, my... did I just date myself with those terms!! Do they even say uppers and nose candy anymore!! LOL

There were really 2 things that I can say helped the most for me:

1. Total and complete seperation from my drug friends. I even moved 5 miles away. doesn't seem like much of a move, but it put me into a new environment!!

2. My son. One day I woke up, had no idea where I was, had no idea who I was with, could not remember the last 2 months, and had no idea where my (toddler age) son was.

I am so proud of eveyone!!! 30, 60, 86, 11 days, 14 years!!! This is awesome!!!!

When you go to the meetings... talk, talk, talk and then talk. Sounds dumb, but the more you talk about it, the more people you have in your support group, the more posts you make, the easier it will become. It never goes away, but it does get easier.

It's funny some of the same coping techniques you need for sobriety and being clean are the same as overcoming depression. Refocusing your thougth patterns, learning new habits, finding the strength inside you that you are sure does not exist!! It does, it is there. You can and will make it!!

Stay away from the cliches (and those who use them) if you can. The one I hate to this very day--- 'What doesn't kill you, can only make you stronger.' God, how I hate that saying!!

Another thing that I don't feel is spoken about enough is the grief factor. You are leaving a part of your life behind!! A huge chunk of you you were, your lifestyle, your friends, etc.. There is a level of grief. I have found an excellent book on how to deal with grief.

I don't know if it will go against PTO policy to post it. It is called The Grief Recovery Handbook, by John W. James and Russell Friedman. First thing it does is kill the cliches!!! See why I like it!! It is mainly focused on losing a loved one to death. Just replace the "loss of loved one" to loss of drug, lifestyle, etc.

Well. Hope something I have said helped.

I am in your corner. PTO is in your corner. Together, we are power. Keep me posted with how you are doing!

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Thats wonderful! i wish you many more years!!
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I don't know if it will go against PTO policy to post it. It is called The Grief Recovery Handbook, by John W. James and Russell Friedman.
Sharing valuable books and info and resources, especially in a forum like this, is NEVER against PTO policy, JJT....
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JTT,You have alot to be proud of,many many congrats to you.
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Hey, I was just on my way to the California Forum, and I couldn't help but notice the sign on your door announcing "21 Years Clean Today", so I just had to come by and say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
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Every day is such a gift now. I had 15 years and started taking sobriety and health for granted, then lost both for no reason at all except my own laziness in the program. It took another trip to jail to get me back into AA & I love my life now, even though jail time is in my near future. I'm grateful for a strong support system (which I'm still building) and for various "angels" who appear regularly in my life these days. Yesterday I visited a guy in ICU, comatose and in critical condition after years of drinking, and I left my name and no. for his family if there was anything at all I could do. This morning his brother called me and asked me simply to pray that Stanley would regain consciousness. I assured him that I'd gladly do that--but my real gladness was in being able to get out from under my own little problems and think of others for a change. It's as if God sends these little signals to me as reminders of what a blessing life is. Hugs to all! Peace. Ralph
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Ralph... I will hold good thoughts for Stanley and his family too. How wonderful it is that your lifes path put you on this journey. Now you have access to 21,000 people who will pray and send good thoughts to someone who needs it!

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I'm late with this, but congratulations to you for 21 years, JJT! I just celebrated my 19th anniversary on May 5th, so we almost shared a birthday, didn't we?

And congratulations to all the others here, especially those of you who have started over again. I've done that a few times myself and it got harder to "get it" with each time back, but this last time, I just stuck to "one day at a time", doing the best I could with each day, and they stacked up.

All of you are in my prayers and I trust you'll keep me in yours, too. It's good to be here with you all.
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Aloha Toi,

Congratulations and may you have many more beautiful anniversaries. It is good to have you here with us!

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Hi and congrats!! I celebrated 3 years on May 5th (Congrats to Toi Ama also, we share the same b-day!) That is also my belly button B-day.... but I am only getting older in AA years
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Thank you everyone!!! More importantly ---- Congratulations to everyone else!!!
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Man I LOVE this thread!!!!!!!!!
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I love it too Jeni..Congratulations to all of you,your all winners and you've given me hope that maybe someday my sons can do it too.
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Congrats JJT!!!!!!! :fb: I relapsed for a 2nd time and have been clean for 5 days as of today.
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5 days is great-congratulations and good luck! Ralph
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Congrats JJT!!!!!!! :fb: I relapsed for a 2nd time and have been clean for 5 days as of today.
Proud of you for making the commitment to get clean again.
Double proud of you for letting us know!!
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Thankyou JJT and Ralph. it's been awhile since I checked this tread. I now have 49days. I've finally found my Higher Power, God, this time around. I call my sponser daily, attend meetings daily, and i'm on my 3rd step (NA), just about done with it. I'm a recovering Heroin addict and it's one of the most difficult things i've ever contended with, but I know I can get through it with God. Thanks again......Jraysgirl
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Talking 21 years clean today!!

You go girl...very proud of ya! Me too, been clean for 19 years and counting!
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Congratulations on your success and may it continue!

You are a role model for many people!!! What a wonderful and beautiful thing!!
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Thumbs up 1 Year down...many to go....

Ok....clean and sober for 1 year today all!! It's been a battle since hubby's arrest was in the summer and I was tempted MANY a time to pick up that booze...BUT...key word here......I didin't!!!!

My arrest for a DUI 1 year ago yesterday was the "brick" that I needed to hit me in the head. All the charges were dropped and dismissed .....a blessing, legally, however it was just what I needed to have happen to wake me up!! No alcohol for a year and it's getting easier every day. They say you cannot help someone until they want to be helped and that was me....I saw no problem....therefore I continued. I have feelings that I want a beer, or the social life of a bar on occassion, however, when I really think about what I will feel like afterwards...NO THANKS!! I'll keep my sanity, safety and love of my family, thank you very much!

The courts DID re-open my DUI case in September , and I went to court on October 8th. It looks like I will do some time, and I don't want to, but we have to pay for the choices we make. Next court date is November 9th and I have a different public defender so we will see what happens. The man I had last year was wonderful and did a great job!!

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!


I pray that everything goes well for you in court and you don't have to do anytime. Good luck!! And stay strong!!
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Congrats on you're year... good luck in court.
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You know I'm praying for you, girl! Congrats on the one-year mark - you are through the toughest days now! And I know that you can make it through the rest of them! Best of luck to you and you know where to find me if I can do anything at all for you!

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