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30 years O.D.A.T.
Vanity | July 9, 2011 | Graybeard58

Posted on 07/09/2011 2:47:22 PM PDT by Graybeard58

Actually my 30th anniversary was yesterday - I lost track of time.

By the grace of God, I'm free! A.A. played its part too.

I ain't gonna drink today.

All you former drunks weigh in.


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1 posted on 07/09/2011 2:47:23 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

P.S. I didn’t mean to imply I’m “cured”. I’ll be “cured”, when I take my dirt nap but I am still free.


2 posted on 07/09/2011 2:48:53 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

On the 17th, I will celebrate thirty-three years of sobriety. One day at a time, just like everyone else. Praise the Lord!!!


3 posted on 07/09/2011 2:56:59 PM PDT by JayVee (Joseph)
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To: Graybeard58

What a great day and occasion for celebration.

We are proud to know you and commend your efforts


4 posted on 07/09/2011 2:58:26 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....Flash mobs are trickle down leftwingREDISTRIBUTION))
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To: Graybeard58; RobFromGa
Congrats. I have over 22 years now of making decisions alcohol free. Been sober longer than I drank. It's supposed to a dangerous milestone but I haven't felt the "need" for a drink since the day I checked into rehab and spent the first day in the emergency room hooked up to intravenous bags and getting B-vitamin shots in the rear...

To RobfromGA": still have the AA ping list?

5 posted on 07/09/2011 2:59:56 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Graybeard58

I knew there was reason I like you.

21 years ...good luck and will power..


6 posted on 07/09/2011 3:02:21 PM PDT by stylin19a
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To: Graybeard58

Not a former drunk (wouldn’t call myself one) but, I sure kicked a lot of other really bad habits/addictions.

Congrats for 30 yrs.!


7 posted on 07/09/2011 3:05:17 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Graybeard58

I only have a pitiful 15 years in, last March. (Hangs head, wrings hands.)


8 posted on 07/09/2011 3:05:25 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me, Make Me write Bad Checks)
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To: raybbr

I had 42 years in April Congratulations to all of you doing it one day at a time


9 posted on 07/09/2011 3:07:13 PM PDT by small business owner
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To: Graybeard58

10 posted on 07/09/2011 3:08:09 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: bigheadfred

There is nothing pitiful of 15 years or one day


11 posted on 07/09/2011 3:09:47 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: bigheadfred

I still commend your efforts.

You have 15 more years to look forward to and know there are outstanding FReepers to serve as examples


12 posted on 07/09/2011 3:11:42 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....Flash mobs are trickle down leftwingREDISTRIBUTION))
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To: Graybeard58
All you former drunks weigh in.

What about current "drunks"?

Ummmm. Bourbon. Good.

ML/NJ

13 posted on 07/09/2011 3:15:32 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: raybbr
but I haven't felt the "need" for a drink since the day I checked into rehab

The psychological dependence for me was tough for a few months and by the end of about 6 months I quit thinking about it.

My wife is a Saint, by the way. I don't know how she put up with me.

14 posted on 07/09/2011 3:20:19 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: bigheadfred
I only have a pitiful 15 years in, last March. (Hangs head, wrings hands.)

Awwww.... Poor guy. Hang in there and K.I.S.S.

8^)

15 posted on 07/09/2011 3:20:30 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: ml/nj
Ummmm. Bourbon. Good

Well, Bourbon was my drink of choice. I can't/won't drink it but I'm glad you can.

16 posted on 07/09/2011 3:22:51 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58
I should have added that I truly believe God took the desire to drink from me on that day. I was on the brink of suicide. It hasn't been all easy except for the desire to drink having been lifted.

The subsequent divorce, bankruptcy, etc. was tough but I had some strong friends in AA that helped me through it.

17 posted on 07/09/2011 3:23:06 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: raybbr

Congratulations raybbr, I know what you mean about sudden deliveries from sins - I lost my swearing habit all in one day after having it for years.


18 posted on 07/09/2011 3:30:24 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: raybbr

Congratulations raybbr, I know what you mean about sudden deliveries from sins - I lost my swearing habit all in one day after having it for years.


19 posted on 07/09/2011 3:30:38 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Graybeard58

My congrats to you! Alcoholism runs in my family, and unfortunately, lately, I can’t seem to make it one day. By the grace of God, maybe tomorrow I will.....


20 posted on 07/09/2011 3:36:38 PM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Mr. President: Game On!)
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To: melissa_in_ga

Prayers for you Mellisa. You must be willing to accept God’s Will for you. Do you go to AA meetings?


21 posted on 07/09/2011 3:38:32 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Graybeard58
Congrats!

Today is day 1968 for me.

It's a start.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

22 posted on 07/09/2011 3:49:47 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Graybeard58
There's a great meeting a couple of towns over that I kind of slipped away from after I got married, speaking of losing track of time... I think I'll check it out this evening.
I must now let self will run riot on the tree next to the garage before all the shingles end up in the yard.
Congratulations dude, and many happy returns.
23 posted on 07/09/2011 4:09:27 PM PDT by Seven plus One
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To: Graybeard58
Congratulations. So far so good eh?
24 posted on 07/09/2011 4:45:28 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Graybeard58; al baby; bert; raybbr

I’m good with the progress. The day, last year, when I lost my job, or should I say it just disappeared, was a toughie. And it got a little stressful in the 6 months of unemployment that followed. But the week before that ran out, a job sorta kinda landed on me. Wouldn’t have happened if I’d been passed out on the couch and not out there making myself a target.


25 posted on 07/09/2011 5:07:09 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me, Make Me write Bad Checks)
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To: Graybeard58

You done good. My brother never mastered the quit drinking game and died at age 45 four years ago with cirrhosis of the liver, hep B & C, along with gastritious.

There are consequences to not following through.


26 posted on 07/09/2011 5:12:45 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: bigheadfred

Drinking never improves things when they are going bad, it can only make them worse.


27 posted on 07/09/2011 5:14:28 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: Graybeard58
Congratulations FRiend!

What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
— (Big Book, p.85)

By the grace of God, I'm free! A.A. played its part too.

My sentiments as well!

28 posted on 07/09/2011 5:21:16 PM PDT by zzeeman ("We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.")
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To: All

God bless you all, and stay the course!


29 posted on 07/09/2011 6:16:07 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Graybeard58

Excellent! Congrats! My brother just celebrated 7 years.


30 posted on 07/09/2011 7:57:35 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Graybeard58

Happy birthday,

I’ll celebrate my 36th on the 17th, God willing.


31 posted on 07/09/2011 9:06:29 PM PDT by CPO retired
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To: Graybeard58

Great. It works when you work it. You know what comes after 30 years? 30 years plus one day. One day at a time. Thats how it works.


32 posted on 07/09/2011 9:49:05 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Graybeard58

Congrats on your thirty, I hear it’s the hardest year to get through. I’ll have 21 years if I make it to the 8th of next month.


33 posted on 07/09/2011 9:51:15 PM PDT by bad company (There are no illegal guns, just undocumented firearms.)
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To: Graybeard58

congratulations

Keep coming back, it works


34 posted on 07/09/2011 10:00:28 PM PDT by Kevmo (Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn't make any sense at all. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: raybbr; SirLurkedalot; kjvail; bad company; xcamel; mystery-ak; Pookyhead; Puppage; shattered; ...
PING, this thread might be of interest to you! Freegards, RobFromGa



35 posted on 07/11/2011 4:24:01 AM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: Graybeard58

Great to hear Graybeard,

Remember, there is no situation so bad that a drink cannot make it worse..


36 posted on 07/11/2011 4:26:54 AM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: Graybeard58
P.S. I didn’t mean to imply I’m “cured”. I’ll be “cured”, when I take my dirt nap but I am still free.

Incorrect.

If you die, and there is a nuclear war in which the radiation reanimates your corpse, and you become a zombie, you BETTER be a zombie that gets to a meeting.....

.....or you will be a zombie that drinks.

37 posted on 07/11/2011 4:45:58 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Until Obama, has there ever been, in history, a Traitorous Ruler?)
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To: Graybeard58

Congrats Graybeard!

(I just picked up my 5-Year Chip in April.)


38 posted on 07/11/2011 5:03:00 AM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: Graybeard58
Congratulations! All in a row, too. LOL

God willing I will celebrate 15yrs on Sept. 5th.

39 posted on 07/11/2011 5:36:26 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Graybeard58

My brother is an alcoholic. He has been a faithful member of AA for 20 (?) years or more. We love him so much and we are so grateful that he is still with us. If he had continued on the path he was going he would have surely died.

I bet your family feels the same about you.

May God bless you.


40 posted on 07/11/2011 5:41:35 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Graybeard58; RobFromGa

Always good for us newbies to hear from the old timers; especially those who actually enjoy sobriety.

4 years 8 months and 12 hours sober here (but, who’s counting?)

btw, the recovery family here on this board helped steel my resolve to take the needed steps. Let’s all work together to make sure the hand of FR is there for the next suffering one. (Read my tagline)


41 posted on 07/11/2011 5:50:26 AM PDT by don-o (Abolish FReepathons. Be a monthly donor.)
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To: Graybeard58

Congrats.


42 posted on 07/11/2011 5:52:01 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: melissa_in_ga
By the grace of God, maybe tomorrow I will.....

Fall down - Get back up. Never give up.

43 posted on 07/11/2011 5:54:48 AM PDT by don-o (Abolish FReepathons. Be a monthly donor.)
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To: Graybeard58
Happy Birthday!

XXVI last Christmas.

44 posted on 07/11/2011 7:31:45 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Graybeard58

Glad to see so many “FRiends of Bill W” here as FReepers.

God willing, October i’ll celebrate 32 years!!


45 posted on 07/11/2011 8:34:48 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (islam ... Cult of the DAMNED!!!)
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Glad to see so many “FRiends of Bill W” here as FReepers.

and "FRiends of Lois W." here as FReepers, as well.

O.D.A.T. since December 21, 1986.

46 posted on 07/11/2011 8:45:54 AM PDT by ShorelineMike (Constituo, ergo sum.)
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To: Graybeard58

Aug. 4, 1987


47 posted on 07/11/2011 8:50:18 AM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: Graybeard58

PRAISE GOD. CONGRATS.


48 posted on 07/11/2011 8:57:06 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: gwilhelm56
Glad to see so many “FRiends of Bill W” here as FReepers.

We're all over the place!

49 posted on 07/11/2011 9:05:16 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

It’s amazing, isn’t it? I was 29 on June 29th.

There are dark days in sobriety- going through some right now- but there’s a huge difference between them and the dark days when I was drinking. I’ve learned that I never have to walk through these days alone, without direction, haphazardly bumping along. I know what to do when trouble comes; God and the steps never fail me as long as I don’t turn my back on them.

Congratulations and Happy Birthday, GB, you’re now an official oldtimer! Thanks for posting :)


50 posted on 07/11/2011 9:35:35 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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