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    I did it!!!! One year ago today I started the journey to learn to live an alcohol free life. How can I even begin to pack all that into a single post. A year ago today I gave myself a one year goal with the just under my breath idea that after a year I would "get" to go back and drink successfully. It was a pretty good strategy as far as early sobriety strategies go. Far enough out but still kinda doable. Took me 30 years to get here really. What is that point for anybody where we are really ready to make a change. A mystery really. My dad rode the train all the way to the sad end. I just got to a point where there wasn't any illusion that I would do anything other than come home each night, start that ritual of drinking until I "fell asleep" aka passed out, and wake up feeling like crap. How could I have known how much life I was not living each and every day. How very human we are. How very common addiction is. What I would say to anyone contemplating sobriety is that it's true what they say. "You CAN change, you better believe it. The tools ,the community, the support.....all essential. Open your mind. Read and learn. I would really encourage that. AA is great for some but it's so great to see alternatives take hold in the field of recovery. It's hard but simple. Not drinking is the easy part. Learning to feel your feelings and navigate the world as a newly sober 55 year old is tough. But each challenge, each kick *** rough day, each set back goes somewhere new and great. It's true, it gets better and better. Can't wait to begin year number two. Now I think "I GET to be be sober not I HAVE to be sober. Sobriety is to be enjoyed not endured. My sad little beast sits in his corner. I have compassion for him now. He is always with me. I will always keep an eye on him. But it gets easier and easier to spot his tricks. I am in the drivers seat now and it has been 1000% worth it. Yeah!
    Even when you fall flat on your face you're still going forward.

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    Congratulations, Avalou! You have packed a lot of truth & wisdom into one paragraph...thank you for sharing. Tonight I will hoist a non alcohol beer in your direction!
    "Don't believe everything you think."

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    Congrats on your first year, YAY. I love the part about "I get to be sober, not I have to be sober."

    LOVE & HUGS, James
    I can't always make it better but I don't have to make it any worse.

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    Congratulations avalouwho2
    What got me sober was trying to get sober. Often when I lapsed, picked up, drank, I FELT thoroughly beaten. I thought at that time "there is no hope for me" Yet, when I had recovered from that thought just a little, I thought "I'll have another go!" It was a few little sparks, rather than a flame, that got me here!

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    Such great news and a wonderfully inspiring post!



    Have a great day or at least a crappy sober one!
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    The joy you are experiencing on your first year of sobriety reminds me of my own. Thank you for that, avalouwho2. Here's to your next year and the following years ahead. It gets even better, trust me on that.

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    Congratulations, Avalou! I really liked the positive energy of your post. I'm in my second year of abstinence from the BOC of gambling. I've learned so much in SMART--including how SMART tools, meetings, and forums support recovery across DOCS and BOCS. Thank you for sharing your success. It helps me to maintain recovery today, and, hopefully tomorrow and the day-by-days after that.

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    Congrats avalou!

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    Thank you all!!! Boy it feels great to feel a sense of giving back these days. I've gone through slow periods of posting. My only SMART activity has been posting which just kinda works for me. But lately I've been much more active and it reinforces my abstinence and feels great to encourage those still learning the ropes.
    Even when you fall flat on your face you're still going forward.

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    This is exactly the kind of thread/post that inspires . I'm only 3 weeks sober but have managed as much as three months in the past. I feel good and remember how great it felt to be clear headed and "normal ". Your enthusiasm comes through and helps inspire me.....thank you !

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    Very inspiring post . You are right about us being human and these addictive behaviors being so common .
    I have the power to change was very helpful for me as well.
    Kudos to you !
    The secret of change is to focus energy on building the new life . Socrates

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