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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / The Clean & Sober Thread

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Laplacian
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G12-G12M-G12H ?

only if she's 4x12.
May 17th, 2006 02:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

My moment came when I made a solemn vow on 12/31/94 to not use anything until my birthday on 5/16/95. I woke up the next day at 11 am, started using at 12.

The realization that I had absolutely no control (zero, zip, nada) literally shook me all over. I had jokingly half thought this before, but in that moment... I knew.

Got into rehab, and never looked back.

There are few things that I know for sure in my life, but the fact that I'm an alcoholic/addict is one, and I thank God I went down hard & fast everyday.

Hank Hill
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I melted wax

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May 17th, 2006 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'll tell you what - I totally admire and bow down to anyone who has conquered whatever demons they've dealt with. It's really an admirable accomplishment.

I wish and hope that someday I'll be able to join you all. As it is, I like beer wine and cigarettes too much. I've done the ACS hypnosis thing to quit smoking and that was sort of refreshing for the 8-10 hours that feeling lasted. Like has been said by many others, one needs to really decide to quit anything before it can be done.

I'm continually amazed that my daughter went through all the rehab stuff and she's clean and sober after 6-7-8 years now. She went through some incredible stuff that no parent would ever want for their kid to deal with. But she did it.

mark bjorke
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Annapolis, MD

I felt like an amputated leg
May 17th, 2006 03:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

My moment of enlightenment was really very gradual it just finally got to the point where I couldn't stand my life anymore. I'd been very gently shown where to go change it.

It's the very best thing I've ever done.

Dolemite
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Boopbipbip boopbipbip YEAH!!!
May 17th, 2006 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mee too Mark. It wasn't like I woke up in jail or under a bridge; having been clean for a long time in the past, I just had a moment of "Oh no.. how did I get like this?" I went to the bathroom, flushed a HUGE bottle of Vicodin, Oxys, Ambien, etc. (while I looked on in disbelief), and hit a meeting. I saved about 6 Percocets to detox myself with, which was totally insufficient. So, a nice 2 weeks of spewing from all openings (is stuff supposed to come out of your ears??) sort of cemented my "Moment of Clarity". I'm headed to an H&I (Hospitals & Institutions) service meeting now.

*It's the very best thing I've ever done.*

I think I agree with you, my friend.

Charlie Macon
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Austin, Texas, USA

Yeeeehaaaa!
May 17th, 2006 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm endlessly proud of my best friend from my earliest days. We both went off into the world of drugs and alcohol as teenagers, but he went way off...especially with alcohol, and his whole life just about came to a shattering halt by the time he was 21....dragged out of his car by the police as he was flat out unconscious on I30 east of Dallas once. He had no idea how he even got there. It was so bad he was actually hospitalized, but came out clean and sober, and went through AA. I had gone to off to college, and when I came back and visited with him I encouraged him to go for more education. I knew he was a hard worker and would excel given the right tools. He became an aircraft mechanic, ended up marrying a beautiful girl from our old neighborhood, and is now raising a family. One of my favorite "It Can Be Done" stories. I named my second son after him too.

Laplacian
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G12-G12M-G12H ?

only if she's 4x12.
May 17th, 2006 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Vicodin, darvocet, xanax, .... warm fluffy pillows, and then burning on the way down, writhing in the sheets. What a nightmare.



Rockit!
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Massachusettes

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May 17th, 2006 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Rick, Thank You! for starting the thread.
I registered on the FDP in 2003 and it's become a part of my life. I usually only post thoughts, opinions, or questions concerning music. I try to encorporate the addage I learned from meetings, " if I can't help someone, don't hurt 'em". I suppose I fall short at times.
My last drink/drug was 6/27/95. I was a kid when I started and I was in trouble from the "get go". My nasty habits took away every single good thing I ever had. It was difficult for me to get sober. However, the good news is that after I stopped fighting off the "solution" to my problem I ended up with a life worth livin'. Hot damn!
I have a good relationship with my children who are all great people thanks to their mothers and a Higher Power.
I've been "livin' in sin" with my wonderful girl friend for 8 yrs. now. We met in a step meeting. I thought she had a nice booty. :-P
I'm happy to be sober. Rob



brandobean
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Utah, USA

There is no roll like Rock and Roll
May 17th, 2006 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sometimes I hate being sober, but I really need to get my finances in order and I need to express my gratitude to my wife for sticking with me even when I was a piece of ChemPoo.

Usually I am glad I am sober. I really like my kids and would hate to miss their youth due to artificial additived. I know my dad regrets his mistake.

Drugs steal time and create divides. Stay clean everybody (addicts). The trust you gain is priceless.


animal chin
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May 17th, 2006 04:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

10/12/05 -- celebrated 7 months last Friday.

My bottom came after multiple attepts to control my drinking such that I wouldn't end up passed out with my head in the can. Every time that happened (and it happened a lot), I swore I would never let it happen again. Tried limiting myself to two beers a day. Tried only drinking on weekends. Tried not keeping alcohol in the house. Yet again and again and again I ended up in the same place. One day, recovering from a particularly nasty binge, the light just went off and I realized that as long as I was drinking at all, as long as I was permitted to have even one drink, I would end up passed out with my head in the can again. Maybe not that night, maybe not that week, but before too long it would happen. That day, for the first time in my life, I saw clearly that I was powerless and my life had become unmanageable. It was a fantasy to think I could moderate or control this thing.

Next to my kids being born, it was the best day of my life.

ac

Rockit!
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Massachusettes

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May 17th, 2006 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I hated being sober too at times early on. For me life was/is hard at times. I thought drinkin' helped. It's a tricky little killer.

animal chin< congrats on 7 months! One day is huge.

(This message was last edited by Rockit! at 05:07 PM, May 17th, 2006)

skankweirdall
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I got nothing
May 17th, 2006 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

01/10/90 I'll never forget that day.

Blues Beat
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Fl

Got himself a Peach colored leisure suit
May 17th, 2006 05:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

How do you guys feel about the whole enabler theory, is that true to form? I have an ex wife that bails my addict son out of everything he gets into, including jail, court etc....Iím not placing the entire blame on her, however if I had a place to stay with someone throwing down 3 squares a day, and doing my laundry, I would want to party all day myself, she just refuses to let him hit rock bottom, I live 4 hours from her, he lived with me for a month, after refusing to work, and stealing everything he got his hands on I put his clothes in a garbage bag and drove him to the county line. The whole tuff love bit. She immediately came and got him and drove him back to her house, were he lived until his recent arrest.
Iím hoping this stay for VOP does him some good.

BTW 21 yoa,this has been going on for years.

(This message was last edited by Blues Beat at 05:15 PM, May 17th, 2006)

brandobean
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Utah, USA

There is no roll like Rock and Roll
May 17th, 2006 05:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good on ya Blues Beat. She will learn.

Eventually..

or maybe not.

It really isn't your concern. Ahh, how is that for a weight off your shoulders?

Rockit!
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Massachusettes

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May 17th, 2006 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

"How do you guys feel about the whole enabler theory,"

I took my first drink with my buddy Ernie. His father died when he was young. His Mom ran a beauty shop. She provided every thing for him, never made him go out work for a living. Cripes, he always had a couple bucs and cigarettes. She buried him around the time he was 40. Sclerosis of the liver, kidney disease. He literaly drank himself to death.

Blues Beat
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Fl

Got himself a Peach colored leisure suit
May 17th, 2006 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you,I have kind of taken that stand, beleive me Iv tried doing everything, if you heard the whole story you wouldnt believe it. It hurts me to no end but I just cant control any attempt at helping the kid.

Rockit!
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Massachusettes

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May 17th, 2006 05:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Blues Beat.
I've seen over and over again. Another one very recent. A friend and musical collaborator. He's gonna do time. Hopefully it will open his eyes.

Alan62
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Houston, Texas

I will Miss you MV
May 17th, 2006 06:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good Idea Dolemite
Hope it helps someone.

Alan62

stratbluesplayer
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Lowell, MA, USA

So little talent...so much desire.
May 17th, 2006 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

January 20, 2002 for me. 31 years of hardcore drug and alcohol abuse left me with little. I finally chose life. I'm glad I did, and so are all the people that love and care about me.

mirrorboy
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England

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May 17th, 2006 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well tonight, I think I've finally conquered the 'clean' bit after three years of sobriety.

My next challenge is to knock the nicotine on the head and then I will start ranting against the traffic fumes.

Dolemite
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WPB

Boopbipbip boopbipbip YEAH!!!
May 17th, 2006 07:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Alan62 and Rockit!, I'm just trying to give it back. Your posts in some of these threads have helped me as well, so thanks right back.

animal chin, you go Boy!

Blues Beat - think the ex might consider an Al-Anon or Nar-Anon meeting? They're for families of alkies/addicts. Can you bury the hatchet enough to go to one or two with her?

"I think I've finally conquered the 'clean' bit after three years of sobriety."

You DO know that s#!+ is out there doing pushups, right?

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