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  1. crazy nick

    crazy nick Bronze Contributor Member For 3 Years Member For 2 Years

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    Just curious if anyone else is in recovery? Im not ashamed and wouldn't change a thing. I'm very proud of who i have become working on myself. I love the fellowship. If you wanna remain anonymous just pm me. Just nice to meet others, the more support the better.
     
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  2. JuicyLucy

    JuicyLucy My name is Lucy and I am a squonkaholic VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 3 Years VU Challenge Team ECF Refugee

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    Hang in there and good on you :hug:

    I made 30 years clean - from things we're not supposed to talk about on the forum - last October
     
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  3. crazy nick

    crazy nick Bronze Contributor Member For 3 Years Member For 2 Years

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    Awe, thank you!! , im 5 months 9 days and happier than ever! Have a sponsor and a home group finally doin the right thing. Starting first step next week and very excited about it.
     
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    crazy nick Bronze Contributor Member For 3 Years Member For 2 Years

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    And 30 yrs is amazing!!!
     
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    eSMOKA Bronze Contributor Member For 4 Years

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    Congrats on your recovery.

    Hey, did you know your nose is bleeding?
     
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  6. JuicyLucy

    JuicyLucy My name is Lucy and I am a squonkaholic VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 3 Years VU Challenge Team ECF Refugee

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    There are more than a few of us old timers around here, hopefully a few will drop by or give you a p.m.

    Many of us would not be here today if we hadn't taken that first step - even if we were kicking and screaming
     
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  7. crazy nick

    crazy nick Bronze Contributor Member For 3 Years Member For 2 Years

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  8. crazy nick

    crazy nick Bronze Contributor Member For 3 Years Member For 2 Years

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    Thank you
     
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    Whiskey Diamond Contributor Member For 4 Years

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    11 years sober here (alcohol), Grats on your sobriety, keep it going!!!:wave:
     
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  10. crazy nick

    crazy nick Bronze Contributor Member For 3 Years Member For 2 Years

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    Thank you Whiskey :)
     
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    eSMOKA Bronze Contributor Member For 4 Years

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    No problem. It looks pretty serious. Might want to get that cauterized.
     
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    ej1024 VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 4 Years

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    Damnt I got to quit vodka


    I BAM
     
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  13. Jasonrecio

    Jasonrecio Silver Contributor Member For 3 Years Member For 2 Years Member For 1 Year

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    Yes I've been in recovery for about 20 yrs and have been clean about 8 hang in there it's always one day at a time.

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  14. AndriaD

    AndriaD Winter! At Last! VU Donator Diamond Contributor ECF Refugee Member For 5 Years

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    Aug 14, will be 25 yrs sober - alcohol.

    Sometime in July, not actually sure of the exact date, but it will be 30 yrs clean of the various powders -- I know, because I had quit all that shit a few weeks before my husband and I married, and July 20 will be our 30th anniversary, and our son will be 29 in May. It was never a really huge deal for me because once I got pregnant, I had no further desire for any of that poison, ever again -- I had everything to live for, and a little person to take care of (and I wanted NOTHING of that life or the people in it, anywhere near my son!)

    And of course, July 25 will be 3 yrs smoke-free, thanks ENTIRELY to vaping, and partly to a) the forums, and b) WTA. Back in March, I had been off WTA for a year. :)

    Andria
     
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    Congratulations on your sobriety guys I'm almost 8 months clean now myself. One day at a time


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  16. Huckleberried

    Huckleberried Terrible wingman. Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 5 Years

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    Creeping up on 13 years, here. There's a bunch of people here, from what I've seen. Keep trudging Crazy Nick! :hug::wave:
     
  17. EMusic

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    I don't have an exact sobriety date but I'm 5+ years clean. This is a much better way to live! :)
     
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    Whitesoxfan2579 Platinum Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee

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    I grew up in the peace, love, rock and roll 60s-70s so I did just about everything imaginable. Don't remember the exact date but it got to the point it was no longer fun so it was time to quit.
     
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    EMusic Gold Contributor Member For 3 Years Member For 2 Years

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    I wasn't around in the 60s to 70s but the same thing happened to me. I did everything I could think of for around a decade and enjoyed it in the beginning, but by the end it turned into a nightmare (bad trips, addiction, etc.).
     
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    AndriaD Winter! At Last! VU Donator Diamond Contributor ECF Refugee Member For 5 Years

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    I thought it was "sex, drugs, and rock n roll". I still like rock n roll! :giggle:

    Andria
     
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    Yes, that too
     
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    After quite a few years of at least a six-pack a day, I stopped altogether.
    Haven't touched any alcohol since Dec.
    No "drugs" since June of '86, just before I went into the Service.


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  23. Ms. Trixy

    Ms. Trixy Trying to weather the storm. VU Donator Platinum Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee Reddit Exile

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    Substance abuse claimed 10 years of my life. I lost custody of my 2 very young boys because of my recovery. (It's 28 yrs for me)
    There is a special, "happy place" in and around each of us. Keep looking there. God grants us the serenity ~ one day at a time.

    @crazy nick , If you ever need to talk to someone, we are here, vaping. I hung on to cigarettes as my last vice.
    So, go grab your rig, take a few vapes and change your avatar. You've done well. You don't deserve to be hurting any more. :hug:
     
  24. crazy nick

    crazy nick Bronze Contributor Member For 3 Years Member For 2 Years

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    Thank you Ms. Trixy , 6 months clean Yesterday, getting my keytag tomorrow at my homegroup and my sponsor finally letting me start the first step. So excited
     
  25. Ms. Trixy

    Ms. Trixy Trying to weather the storm. VU Donator Platinum Contributor Member For 3 Years ECF Refugee Reddit Exile

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    CONGRATULATIONS ON 6 MONTHS!!!
    As most of us know, it's quite the journey. But with each step you become stronger; no matter how difficult and heartbreaking it is for you.
    Just know that you completed the step and you will feel such a weight lifted off of your shoulders. And, be proud of yourself.
    You're stronger than you think. Remember that.
     
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    – Grats on your sobriety!
    – Thank you Whiskey!

    I hadn't planned on cleaning tea off my screen this evening, yet here I am, wiping away…
     
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    Huckleberried Terrible wingman. Staff Member Senior Moderator VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 5 Years

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    Congrats Nick! One step at a time, you're worth it :)
     
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  28. Jasonrecio

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    Change your avatar?? Maybe that's what Nick's into.

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    BTW congrats on 6 months ,it's hard but it's totally worth it.
     
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  29. Ms. Trixy

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    Perhaps.
     
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  30. AndriaD

    AndriaD Winter! At Last! VU Donator Diamond Contributor ECF Refugee Member For 5 Years

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    Umm... the first step was realizing and admitting that you have a problem that you can't handle on your own. You started that step 6 months ago! :D

    The first three kept me sober for more than 5 yrs... And friends swore up and down that I was completely different person in every possible way, after I'd been sober just 6 months or so. Just being honest enough to admit the problem makes a HUGE difference!!

    Andria
     
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    Over eight years without drinking here. Beer/booze/drugs were causing MAJOR negative consequences in my life. My experience was this: I finally realized that I had TRULY had enough; quitting was rather easy once I reached that point. It is much easier to live without drinking, and I am enjoying life like I had never enjoyed it before. Freedom. :) {going on 4 years without smoking cigarettes, too};)
     
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    AndriaD Winter! At Last! VU Donator Diamond Contributor ECF Refugee Member For 5 Years

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    I felt relief, at first... when you stop beating your head against the wall of "I can handle it", it feels GOOD. But I can't say it was easy. I had to fight with myself about it pretty much constantly, pretty much the whole first year. Up till about 10 yrs in, I had the occasional spell of having to take out my entire collection of chips, which I kept on a keychain, and go thru them like freaking rosary beads or something. Between 10-20 yrs, I didn't really think much about it. But when I lost my mom in October... I had to hit my first meeting in quite a few years; the lure of chemical numbness seemed entirely too attractive. It helped, reminding me of the struggles of 30, 60, 90 days, or the first year. I stayed sober, which I'm sure would have pleased my mom.

    Andria
     
  33. Ms. Trixy

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    I listened to this many times.


     
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    12 years clean for me. Just dropped it all when my oldest daughter was born.
     
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    @crazy nick How are you doing, Sweetie? You best be checking in with us. We get worried - seriously.
     
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    I'm sorry to see her go. She was reaching out.
     
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    MagicJosh Silver Contributor Member For 4 Years

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    I am a recovering addict. I been sober almost 10 years. Vaping has been a big help in my life.
     
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    Welcome to the club MagicJosh.
     
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    Thanks Lotus
     
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  40. crazy nick

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    Hello everyone, im back but not in the best of ways. But im here alive and well and clean
     
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    One day at a time! :)

    Andria
     
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    Glad you made it back!
     
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    That's good Nick. Glad you're back. I have some history with alcohol and am doing well. Don't think we've met.
     
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    Thank you all!!
     
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  45. crazy nick

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    Nice to meet you :)
     
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    I messed my back up in the last few weeks I was in the Army. The VA docs kept refilling my pain killer prescriptions, then one fateful night I took a Hot Shower after putting on a Fentanyl Pain Patch. I was lucky my wife knew the symptoms of an OD. The Fentanyl absorbed into my blood stream all at once. Two weeks later I was taken by my Doc to a methadone clinic. I was shocked, dopers and people dressed in suits were getting their fix on Methadone. Thankfully, I'm off that shit too. It took a lot of pain and perseverance, but I made it.

    15 years without the fucking Poppy. I am happy I managed to get clean.

    it takes more than yourself, it takes family.
     
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    Cool thread! I'm just going to throw it all out there in one post. I started AA in 2010, in and out for years. Longest sobriety for me was 17 months. Sober now since September 2, bad summer for me. Got married drunk, got an anullment sober. Slept in my car several nights, a tent a few other nights. Man the Arkansas heat and mosquitoes on a summer night are totally incredible.

    Also have a history of using pretty much any drug offered to me, but alcohol was the hardest on me (easiest to get, and use, alone, probably).

    I left AA for something else, I had worked the steps with sponsors more than once, but I was missing the most important thing I needed...Faith and Love. I got those now.

    Also recovering from major depression, and anxiety (gone now, both), and no thoughts about drinking, drugs, videogames, sex, all that stuff that bent me out of shape by me obsessing on them. I thank God for that.

    Peace!
     
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    You made it, you did it!. keep it up, the mornings get better from here forward. get out of your situation and move east.
     
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    JuicyLucy My name is Lucy and I am a squonkaholic VU Donator Diamond Contributor Member For 3 Years VU Challenge Team ECF Refugee

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    I was in a similar type situation... well not really, no army or back issues but my doctor was my dealer. I've had an auto immune disorder my whole life and at some point things got bad and I was unable to do practically anything because of pain. Then my doc sent me to a pain management clinic and I was put on loads of pain killers, gabapetin / lyrica and Valium. For the first few years it truly was life changing. I pretty much got my life back.

    Of course, that didn't last and soon I couldn't do anything without my meds. Before long I wound up worse off than I was before the meds so 9 months ago I said "fuck it" and gave it all up. It certainly was not easy, the first few months were pure hell. Between the physical illness (from withdrawal and my condition) and depression/lethargy, I thought I'd never get through it. Eventually I did and it was worth it.

    I never went through any sort of program and outside my family and a few very close friends, no one knew I went through any of this. Do what ever you need to do. I'm no expert on quitting but I can tell you that whatever you go through will be worth it in the end.
     
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