Sobriety (off topic or not)?


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Boulder climber
Apr 20, 2017 - 07:55pm PT

The Good Places
Apr 20, 2017 - 08:27pm PT

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Apr 20, 2017 - 10:55pm PT
An old friend went to jail for felony charges in a downward spiral of internal pain and daily drunken stupor. Tried to offer some thoughtful encouragement to work his program some time before that. It's somewhat like having a friend die, but frustratingly worse in that it may not be final and could be more of the same when out.

Trad climber
Aug 26, 2017 - 04:48pm PT
21 Years sober today!

I had a few mild tinges of "wouldn't a drink be...." in the last two weeks, but nothing really serious and luckily I was well able to remind myself not to play that game for more that the few seconds it takes my brain to notice that I am doing it. For me, I have gained too much to ever risk seeing if I can "get away with a few drinks here and there." I know that I cannot. I know it beyond any doubt.

So, it was a pretty low key day, and I kept forgetting to mention it as my anniversary until I got online.

The Hot Kiss On the End of a Wet Fist
Aug 26, 2017 - 05:02pm PT
Good on you, Happie! Congratulations on believing in yourself so powerfully.
okay, whatever

Aug 26, 2017 - 06:52pm PT
I echo Walleye's post.

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Aug 26, 2017 - 08:14pm PT
Congrats Happie - that's a serious achievement and a reminder that we have to keep working at the positive changes we want to see in our lives.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Aug 26, 2017 - 08:43pm PT
The climbing culture has always lauded the heavy drinkers among us...something that has been apparent on ST.
Well...I've been around long enough to have seen far too many of my climbing friend's lives end early because of alcoholism.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 26, 2017 - 08:47pm PT
Happie. Birthday Happie.... and someone else who knows who they are!

Trad climber
Aug 27, 2017 - 04:09pm PT
Yes, and a bump for that someone else who always remembers it is their day because the see me post about mine - I almost forgot a few tomes yesterday myself.

The state of quantum flux
Aug 27, 2017 - 04:23pm PT
Grandson Isaac looking over papa's shoulder in Craters of the Moon Nat...
Grandson Isaac looking over papa's shoulder in Craters of the Moon National Monument this summer.
Credit: Bushman
28 years sober for me August 17th...where did the time go?,
many, many years past my expiration date, had I still been drinking.

And Happy birthday to all the August birthday people here!!

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 29, 2017 - 06:20pm PT
congrats happie and everyone else.. My 11th slipped by unnoticed on the 25th and I randomely remembered on the 26th at a music party while explaining why I had 2 cases of seltzer on ice.. I ripped it up that night ;) I just remembered again and I had to search the forum to be shure that happie was OK.

Big Wall climber
Aug 30, 2017 - 12:05pm PT
Congrats Happy, Bush and Trad.

The 28th marked 1 year for me.
Woody the Beaver

Trad climber
Soldier, Idaho
Aug 30, 2017 - 02:41pm PT
Congratulations to you cats! 15 years for me August 15!

New Zealand
Aug 30, 2017 - 03:45pm PT
I don't have the issues myself but have seen them unfold in and ruin the lives of others nearby. End those lives in some cases. I've read this thread end to end several times and always check it when it comes up. Best wishes to you all.

Boulder climber
Sep 8, 2017 - 11:35pm PT

Sep 15, 2017 - 01:59pm PT
Day 54 for me. I'm pretty sure this is the longest I've ever gone without getting drunk or high since my first taste of booze some 20ish years ago.
Been going to NA meetings at least twice a week. Lovely and lively bunch of people.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Sep 15, 2017 - 07:32pm PT
Congrats to everyone sticking to it, and keep it up hb, it is the best gift you can give to people who care about you. I have seen too many good people suffer the effects of substance abuse. It touches many lives.


Trad climber
Nov 24, 2017 - 11:01am PT
Hope everyone made it through the ThanksDrinking holiday intact.

I made a close call mistake last week, and have to be careful for a while. I was visiting my sister and wanted to make a special meal for her and her family. I decided on Spaghetti Bolognese and went to find a good recipe. When it called for 1 cop dry red wine, I just thought "I'll be sure to boil out the alcohol, and just leave the flavor. all went well, but over the next few days I realized I was thinking "too much" about the next thing I could make that might call for booze.... That didn't ring the wake up alarm for me. I traveled on, and am now at one of my other sister's places, in the town I grew up in.

Seeing the old dance clubs I went to as a kid was bringing back fonder memories than the reality was, and I found myself thinking "I wonder if my sister would want to go out dancing....and wouldn't it be funny if I met a guy back here in FdL?" I knew that it was the drink sneaking up on me then, but still wasn't as cognizant of what was happening as I should have been.

It was only after realizing these "thoughts" weren't going away, and that I was beginning to travel a path that would take me gently into the night, until one day I would wake up and realize, too late, that I had stepped off my sober path after more than 21 years.

So - phew! I realized this before it was too late, but that doesn't mean I am safe. I need to be ultra careful as to what I do for a while, until I feel enough distance has passed. A wrong turn down some dimly lit alley is always possible, and to realize how easily I was able to tell myself that it was okay to try cooking with wine. Clearly, for me, it is NOT!


Nov 24, 2017 - 11:19am PT
First day without a drink was 5th of June this year. Several days of high stress and temptation but have not caved.
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