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Old 01-26-2019, 08:31 AM   #1
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Thirteen years ago today 1/26/2006 I made the best decision of my life. I admitted I was powerless over alcohol and started living.

I was never an everyday drinker but when I would drink I was unable to control my drinking and toward the end would not stop until the bar closed, was completely out, passed out or in jail. It took me awhile to see how alcohol had actually controlled my life. I wouldnít go on a fishing trip, hunting trip, barbeque or just about any type of event without making sure I had enough beer. This not only affected me but my family life also. I lost my first wife with the help of alcohol and all though I kept a good relationship with my kids it could had been better. I donít want to get into my legal problems that it caused me but it was several thousands of dollars. I never lost my house or job but was heading that way and if I hadnít stopped when I had then it was eventually going to go away.

I was never forced to go to AA but went on my own accord 2 days prior. I was a broken man fearing that I was going to prison for 10 years and wouldnít be around to watch my girls graduate high school and college and maybe even see them wed. I went their thinking it was some kind of class to teach you how to drink responsible. When I left I was in tears because everyone started telling me where they were and where they are now and for the first time I seen how Godís miracles work. I still get teary eyed thinking and speaking of that night. I never would have thought I would find God in a room full of drunks and addicts but I did!

My life has done nothing but improve since then, I got remarried ( 10 Years) have a great relationship with me kids and have 6 grandkids that wants to come see pawpaw. I have gotten a few promotions at work, was sent overseas and the future is looking bright. I go to church regularly to learn about God but still go to AA to help others and see how God works in othersí lives.

I admire and envy the people that can control their drinking and I have several friends that can, but not me. Iím only sharing this so it may be help someone out there that may be dealing with an issue in this nature and let them know there is hope. I was told about 5-6 years prior that my brother was an alcoholic that wasnít an everyday drinker but couldnít stop when he started. I thought to myself at that time, do I have that issue and my response then was nah, heís just weak.

Sorry for the long read, have a good day as I know God has great things planned for me today!
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:38 AM   #2
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:42 AM   #3
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Outstanding! Congratulations on your success.
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:43 AM   #4
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Well done sir. Congrats on the life saving choice.
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:57 AM   #5
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Congratulations.

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Old 01-26-2019, 09:08 AM   #6
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Thanks, I've never seen that before but it pretty much sums it up!!
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:19 AM   #7
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Good stuff right there! Thanks for sharing my man.

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Old 01-26-2019, 09:20 AM   #8
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:22 AM   #9
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:24 AM   #10
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Attaboy!
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:25 AM   #11
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:28 AM   #12
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:11 AM   #13
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Awesome- And I would say you have done better than anyone at controlling Your life and “drinking problem”. You have control of your life
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:26 AM   #14
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Good on you, deerplanter! Thanks for sharing your story and hoping it helps someone else who is struggling with a drinking problem!

Where is Beach City?
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Old 01-26-2019, 12:19 PM   #15
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Iím sure your wife and kids are proud of you man. Congrats to you.
Iím 12 days in.


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Old 01-26-2019, 12:31 PM   #16
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Old 01-26-2019, 12:32 PM   #17
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ďMy life word for wordĒ Deerplanter. Good for you brother. 8 years sober here, taking it one day at a time. Being liberated from substance abuse prison has been life altering.


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Old 01-26-2019, 12:39 PM   #18
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Good on you, deerplanter! Thanks for sharing your story and hoping it helps someone else who is struggling with a drinking problem!

Where is Beach City?
East of Baytown on the trinity bay, and thank you sir.
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Old 01-26-2019, 12:41 PM   #19
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Congrats! Good for you!
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Old 01-26-2019, 12:48 PM   #20
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You are not alone David. Lots of addicts and alcoholics walk among us - including me. One day at a time and keep praying the Serenity Prayer
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Old 01-26-2019, 12:49 PM   #21
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Anyone can drink and ignore his inner voices, but it takes a real man to admit he has a problem and take control of himself. My dad was an abusive alcoholic. It wasn’t until his final years that he admitted it to himself and us that he had a problem. He was clean for 10 years, even apologized to me and my brothers for what he did to us and himself. Some of my most precious memories are during his sober years, particularly at the deer lease with him. He never once told me he loved me until those final years, and did it one night while we were skinning a deer together. I admire you sir for being the man you should be. God bless.
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:13 PM   #22
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Iím sure your wife and kids are proud of you man. Congrats to you.
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Keep up the good work and if you have not reached out for help please do. When I help others it also helps me. I was helping a young lady work her steps not long ago and was giving her advice when it dawned on me that I wasn't doing what I was telling her.
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:16 PM   #23
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Thank you all for accolades but that is not what I am about, if this helps just one person then it's all worth it. Helping others helps me in my sobriety.
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:16 PM   #24
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Anyone can drink and ignore his inner voices, but it takes a real man to admit he has a problem and take control of himself. My dad was an abusive alcoholic. It wasnít until his final years that he admitted it to himself and us that he had a problem. He was clean for 10 years, even apologized to me and my brothers for what he did to us and himself. Some of my most precious memories are during his sober years, particularly at the deer lease with him. He never once told me he loved me until those final years, and did it one night while we were skinning a deer together. I admire you sir for being the man you should be. God bless.
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:16 PM   #25
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Admire your decision. You took back your life.

I put self-imposed rules and limits on myself just a short time ago. I didn't feel right when I started the changes. After that 1st week, I felt better than I had in years. Felt better and better week after week from then on.

Congrats to you again!!!
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:17 PM   #26
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Congratulations on overcoming what was apparently a big obstacle in your life. Sounds like this one big change opened may pathways in life for you. Glad you took control before it spiraled out of control. Best of luck to you in life
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Old 01-26-2019, 01:27 PM   #27
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Congratulations and God Bless You Sir!!
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Old 01-26-2019, 02:25 PM   #28
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Old 01-26-2019, 02:52 PM   #29
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Congrats to you on your decision to seek help. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is admit that you are broke, once you do that then you can start on the road to recover and a better life.
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Old 01-26-2019, 04:06 PM   #30
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Good on you to tell your life story to try to help another. I pray that someone reaches out to you for help.

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Old 01-26-2019, 04:23 PM   #31
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"I heard someone ask if they believe in miracles and they answered heck no I rely on them!". Congrats on your sobriety.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:15 PM   #32
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Congrats to you Sir for taking control of your life when you did. I pray daily for someone that needs to make the same decision.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:22 PM   #33
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The secret to life is one day at a time. 20 years ago I also figured it was time to take control I stopped drinking and smoking.
I had at one time started my day with a drink and ended with a drink.
Hats off to all us recovering drunks.
And prayers for all who try.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:25 PM   #34
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Old 01-26-2019, 06:26 PM   #35
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Keep up the good work and if you have not reached out for help please do. When I help others it also helps me. I was helping a young lady work her steps not long ago and was giving her advice when it dawned on me that I wasn't doing what I was telling her.


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Old 01-26-2019, 06:48 PM   #36
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God has granted you tremendous courage and grace. May he continue to bless you.
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:06 PM   #37
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Fabulous! Congrats!
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:11 PM   #38
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:27 PM   #39
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Great to hear.
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:05 PM   #40
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Thanks for sharing. WTG!
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:29 PM   #41
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Stay close to God, stay strong
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