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S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jun 17, 2013 - 05:27pm PT
Went to my first meeting in over a month, I feel much better.

Great work Hank!!
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jun 17, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
no matter what your problems are and we all have em. drinking makes em worse. Not better.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Jun 23, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
Glad you maintained Elcap. It sounds like a rough go right now but I bet waking up hungover after a bender wouldn't make it better.

Coming up on 8 months sober for me and it really is that long haul that is tough. The drunk mind hopes for a day, a reason it could be reunited with a nice cold beer, maybe a glass of wine. Maybe I could try moderation.... again. Right.

The stressful stuff hasn't really gotten me, it's more like the peaceful times, quiet moments when I'm not quite here or there where the urge will pop up and have formed itself pretty well before I notice. Then I'll have to have that argument.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Jun 23, 2013 - 03:57pm PT
My old climbing partner/drinking buddy from Co is in VT for the summer. Def a bit rough after climbing....
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jun 23, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
I was so, so, so tempted to "have just one" in the Valley recently. Seeing everyone sitting around with beers, after a climb, on a hot day, I was so tempted. Didn't do it though, I knew it would be too much of a slippery slope and that after one I'd have at five more every day I was there.
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Jun 23, 2013 - 06:54pm PT
Here in Santa Monica there are a lot of meditation AA meetings where we sit for 30 minutes. Those are very helpful.

JL
Anxious Melancholy

Mountain climber
Between the Depths of Despair & Heights of Folly
Jun 23, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
So thankful for this thread. This last week I've been hanging with the right crowd and reading a page here or there within the Sobriety thread. It really helps fill in some of the dangerous downtime gaps. Lots of wisdom here.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jun 23, 2013 - 08:50pm PT
Amongst a group of fellow AA'ers, that must be very powerful, John.
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Jun 23, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
Stay strong Mark!
I don't think it would be the end of the world if I had a beer or toke, but I'm not going to take the chance.
PB
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jun 24, 2013 - 12:14am PT
Thanks, Chief.
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Jun 24, 2013 - 12:38am PT
Don't forget "the insanity of the first drink (toke)."
JL
Stevee B

Mountain climber
Oakland, CA
Jun 24, 2013 - 04:19am PT
I hope to meet more of you out there. I had a sponsor that used to tell me, every time we spoke: "I only have to remember where I came from and that I can't do it alone." Those two things have carried me through some very dark seas to some very bright days.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Jun 28, 2013 - 03:04pm PT
Just checking in.... It's been tough. Teddy is sick. It is a major systematic yeast infection. The recovery is a very slow process and I hate to see him like this. Having to explain to every person who sees him is tiring, and some people have said some things which they mean to be helpful, but aren't.

Income is still a problem, too.

(pause....)

I am at the library, and the librarian just got a cel call. He apologized afterward(for the ring)and mentioned he was waiting to hear details on a funeral service. His friend, a 27 year old mother of two was killed when her car flipped over, having been hit by a drunken driver.

Thank you God. Universe, fellow travelers on the sober path, for my sobriety.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jun 28, 2013 - 04:37pm PT
Thanks for checking in HappieGirl.

Life gets in the way of our sobriety often, doesn't it?

I usually go to meetings on Monday, but today I went to the Friday meeting to

hear someone's first step. I'm really glad I went; it really helped me to have

ideas for my first step that I will be doing in a month or so.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jun 28, 2013 - 04:53pm PT
and some people have said some things which they mean to be helpful, but aren't.

Oh, Hap!

I know exactly what you're talkin' about. Some of the stuff that comes out of people's mouths makes me cringe. . . as I laugh it off, I have to question why I thought I knew those people.

Keep smilin', Hap!

And. . . good luck with your sweet little beast!

oxoxox

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Jun 29, 2013 - 01:45pm PT
Thanks eKat. Teddy is doing better today, but yesterday was bad.

Sobriety is a funny thing for me. It seems I really haven't got much of a problem staying away fro a drink, and even the DESIRE barely ever even whispers in my ear. When that does happen, I am lucky in that so far I have been able to say "Bad idea!" or similar.

I know how hard it can be for many people to stay away from that first drink, and I am REALLY lucky. because I have the feeling that if I hadn't been "one of the lucky ones" (who had the desire lifted) there is no way in hell I would have been able to string together this much time sober. I'm good at being sober but it really does seem that I'm not so good at Life 101 even with sobriety sometimes.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Jun 29, 2013 - 04:11pm PT
I know just what you mean Happie. Life 101 was the last promise that came to me as well.

My 13 year anniversary was February 14th, but it's only the last 3 years where I actually started to get my life running in a truly positive direction. Getting my life on the right track and forcing myself to not only be, but focus on dedicating myself to becoming a better person, took a lot longer then I thought it would.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jun 30, 2013 - 08:35am PT
Thanks eKat. Teddy is doing better today,

BITCHEN!

I hope your sweet little beast is doing well, today, too!

oxoxoxo
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:04am PT
Three years sober today, which is also my 52nd birthday...

I am so grateful to be where I am today, and that the obsession to drink has been completely removed. I can't rest on that though, every day I work on my spiritual growth that was the key to my sobriety. That usually begins with a visit to the chapel of the Great Outdoors. Today that happens to be waking up near the North Rum of the Grand Canyon and driving through Navajo Nation to Sedona, with plenty of walks and stops along the way. I never could have done this, or appreciated it, if I was still swillin'.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Jul 1, 2013 - 11:38am PT
Happy Birthday and Sober Anniversary, Edge!
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