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nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Aug 2, 2013 - 09:35pm PT



Anxious Melancholy, S. Leeper, and everyone else that is struggling..
Much love and strength to you all!


be kind to yourselves..

saludos....best wishes.


S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Aug 9, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
best wishes to you too, Nita.

felling very triggered today; it doesn't help that my wife has been out of town for 3 days.
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
Aug 9, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
Hang in there, S.Leeper, it will keep getting better and easier. The results may seem small at first, but you build confidence and strength bit by bit and soon you will be looking back and wondering, "why did I do that to myself."

For everyone thinking of picking up, grab some paper and make a list of all of the things that you hold dear; spouse, career, kids, friends, sports, everything. Leave nothing out, and while you are at it make a list of all the things you are grateful for. Then realize that when you pick up a drink you will have to flush all of those things down the toilet. Stay strong, you all have my support and blessings.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Aug 9, 2013 - 07:42pm PT
Thanks Edge!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Aug 23, 2013 - 08:49pm PT
How are my sober brothers and sisters doing?
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Aug 23, 2013 - 10:16pm PT
Hanging tough over here, despite the overwhelming amount of stress. No interest in the bottle at all right now. Used to be the first thing I'd think of when times were hard (then again, when they were good too!)

My indulgences these days are 80+% dark chocolate, tart cherry juice, and the occasional crumbles of stilton, gorgonzola, or roquefort on my veggies.

Unbelievable to me really. This is easily the most stressful period I've ever been through and I'm not craving the booze. Progress I guess, but don't think I'll ever be able to say I've got it licked for good.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Aug 23, 2013 - 10:18pm PT
I'd rather have a frontal lobotomy than a bottle in front me!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Aug 23, 2013 - 10:20pm PT
Amen to that Bob!
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Aug 23, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
ECIYA: Great vices to have! My mouth is watering right now.
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Aug 23, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
No matter the dificulty, it can never be lessened by John B. Not if you're an alcoholic. It just makes it more worse, so the idea that drinking is an attractive option to stress is a total illusion for us. That's the insanity of the first drink. And I'm insane in that regards (and others), so I have to go to meetings all the time. The alternative is not sustainable and horrific.

JL
Chief

climber
The NW edge of The Hudson Bay
Aug 23, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
Hey bergbryce, way to go!
Likewise to everyone else doing better for doing without.
Coming up on three years myself and can't believe how quick that happened!
I remind myself (and my friends) never's a long time and that I haven't made any promises and that seems to keep the pressure off.
It's just an extended beer sabbatical!

Thanks again Hankster for starting this important and helpful thread and all those with the courage to share and inspire.

PB
TwistedCrank

climber
Bungwater Hollow, Ida-ho
Aug 23, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
It's an awesome day to be sober.

My how time crawls on. 21 years, 2 months, 1 day, and a couple hours sober I've been now.
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Aug 23, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
i can wonder.
if sobriety is a destination,
or is it merely a fleeting domain
within an alcoholic's boundless and beautiful journey?

i am not to suggest that the sober few
among us will relapse,
but instead i inquire if their arrival
at the edge of the cup is an achievement
upon which he/she can idle?
or is it that the scuttling feet have
temporarily landed dry suitors
a peaceful regard that will surely be soon sedated?

S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Aug 24, 2013 - 12:04am PT
I think Largo summed it up nicely.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Aug 24, 2013 - 12:21am PT
beautiful photo by Bill S

l Serniuk
l Serniuk
Credit: Bill S.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Aug 24, 2013 - 12:38am PT
I'm all in right now. 11 meetings in the last 72 hours. If I put a fraction of the energy into staying sober that I did getting and staying loaded...
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Aug 24, 2013 - 12:45am PT
Way to go Bob!

Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Aug 24, 2013 - 01:06am PT
Wow. 11 meetings in 3 days?! You ARE an American legend!

Glad to hear it's working for you.

It's been working for me too. I'm glad we're all here to help each other out.
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Aug 24, 2013 - 02:29am PT
Nice job guys. Go for the imersion therapy.
That's what I did.
I am all in or all out.
It's just the way I'm built.

Hang in there Bob and Jebus. You are doing great!

Plaid
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Aug 24, 2013 - 12:25pm PT
I made it through Teddy's death without picking up.

On about the third day, in desolation, a voice inside said "What in the hell - who CARES anymore. Maybe if I start drinking again, at least I will get invited to the weekend drinking parties around here and won't be alone. What DIFFERENCE does it make if I end up a drunken sot for the balance of my life?"

Luckily, I was at home, a good 2 miles away from the nearest drink(at the Brauhaus) and it didn't occur to me that I was only 2 miles away from a drink.

I succumbed to the sad, give-it-up feeling for just a few seconds before that same voice inside said "Well, you know damned well that you wouldn't feel any better if you were invited to each and every one of those parties. And you know damned well that a drunk life is going to end badly. At least you have a chance, if you don't drink."

And that was the end of that close enough call.

Still very sad about Teddy, of course. He was my constant companion for 13 years and more like a human best friend than a loyal dog. On the same night I had that "pour me" thinking, I woke up in the middle of the night to the thought of Teddy, tapping me on the shoulder(sort of) and excitedly telling me "next time, I'm going to be a BIG dog!"
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