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    Default Finally Breaking Into Orbit

    I've waited a long time to write this. I signed up for SROL exactly three years ago. I've struggled hard with chronic relapse, putting together anywhere from a few weeks to a few months if lucky. Now I have five months and one week and I've decided it's time to declare success! I can't say I never have any thoughts of drinking but the ones I do have have receeded far into the background and I'm working on rebuilding a life. I start the volunteer training soon and look forward to being both a f2f facilitator and an online meeting helper.
    Before I came to SMART I had already given up a crack cocaine addiction and that is now roughly 7 years in my past. I count this part of my success also. I understand this is supposed to be self management but I am infinitely grateful to the people on this site who have encouraged me to never give up. This especially means the people in chat and online meetings and the people on the forums. I couldn't have done it without you! Thanks!
    Mike (kramer)

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    Great job Kramer, keep up the good work.

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    Hey kramer,

    Thanks so much for this post, it's wonderful to read of your successes both recent and past.

    And it's very exciting to hear that you'll be starting the volunteer training soon, and plan to volunteer in the F2F world and also here online!




    Thank you!
    “If you want to change your life......change your mind"

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    Brilliant Kramer! Good luck with the volunteer training

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    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Work works.

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    Way to go, and congrats. You deserve a bunch of flowers
    "By not caring too much about what people think, I'm able to think for myself ..."- Albert Ellis

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    Fantastic Kramer!!!

    Good on you ad so very well done weathering the storms
    What got me sober was trying to get sober. Every time I lapsed, picked up, drank, I was thoroughly beaten. I thought at those times "there is no hope for me" Yet, when I had recovered from those thoughts just a little, I thought "have another go!" It was a lot of little sparks, rather than a flame, that got me here.

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    Great job Kramer.

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    Kramer, I'm so happy for you. What a great success. Smart will be very fortunate to have you as a f2f faci and as an online meeting helper. WTG Kramer.
    warmly

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    great work, kramer! You have been an inspiration to me and I can see you inspiring a lot of others in your future! Congratulations!

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    Congrats to you, Mike to your ongoing successes! You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing!!



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    What a great thing to read today, congratulations Mike!
    "The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time". Thomas A. Edison
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    Thank you.

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