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    Default My greatest Gift of Sobriety to myself

    A week leading up to my 50th birthday, I had considered rewarding myself one(1) day to indulge in alcohol. In SMART, I had discovered The Power of Choice!
    I can and am free to choose my behavior. This decision is mine alone to make, and nobody can influence me to make that choice .

    Over the next few days, I deliberated on this decision by doing a CBA.
    I used the ABC tool and figured out the Activating event being my 50th Birthday.
    my Belief was in order to celebrate and have a great time I needed alcohol.
    which Caused me to make a choice to start drinking.
    I then Disputed the belief by questioning this irrational thought.
    - where does it say I need to drink to have a good time?
    I have experienced good times on many occasions being sober previously
    - why is that I need alcohol to celebrate my 50th birthday?
    I have celebrated my last birthday sober, anniversaries sober, holidays sober for the last 20months without alcohol.
    I played both sides of the tape and rewinded it a few times.
    Side A what are the possibilities and risks of having my first drink
    Side B what I can enjoy and do without having alcohol and the last 20months of my sobriety
    hence my new Effective new belief is
    I can celebrate and have a equal or better celebration to enjoy my 50th birthday and I will treasure and remember every detail of this occasion.

    With that I have given myself the Greatest gift of Sobriety on my 50th Birthday!

    Never beyond my wildest imagination, could I have ever imagined being completely abstinent from alcohol for 618 days/ 88 weeks and 2 days/ 20 months 11days !
    on 6/1/22.

    A YouTube link to my gift of sobriety
    https://youtu.be/prq-CemJtug



    Thanks to all the tools and techniques I learned from SMART Recovery and with the encouragement and support I received from the community here.

    I have the Power of Choice

    I celebrated the day with my family and my wife surprised me to a wonderful and great dinner party with friends and colleagues at a local restaurant.
    I was surprised of all those she had invited without my knowledge.
    I had enjoyed myself yet again without having any alcohol although I treated my guest to their favorite drinks.

    Last edited by C_C; June 3, 2022 at 6:10 AM.
    I used to have an addictive behavior,
    but I choose not to act that way anymore


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    Please envisage three great big thumbs up from me C_C. So glad you had a wonderful sober 50th birthday!!!

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    Congrats and Happy Birthday! So glad to hear of your success and the joy you have found in it.

    Have a great day or at least a crappy sober one!
    Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in her


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    This is fantastic Happy Birthday!

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY C_C

    So very well done to all!
    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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    Thank you very much.
    I used to have an addictive behavior,
    but I choose not to act that way anymore


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    This really helped me today. Thanks for the gift of sharing your success!🤩

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    Awsome>>>>>>>
    ELVI$

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