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Old 05-16-2016, 03:39 PM   #101
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Congrats on your 6 year anniversary!

My father was an alcoholic, he gave it up shortly after having to have my younger brother and I guide him between the lines on the way home one afternoon. He quit cold turkey with the help of AA and one of his cousins who had gone through the same challenges.

I hate to admit that I found myself on a similar path right out of high school. There was a gradual progression to… can I call it responsible drinking? When I started dating my wife we would go out and have a good time at the bars with friends, still too many times where I had too much to drink. After marriage we toned it down considerably, still having good times, but we found ourselves spending more time together and less time with drinking buddies. Then along came kids, that’s when I realized that it wasn’t just me, there were other lives that depended upon me. Now it’s an occasional beer or three, and we always decide who will be the DD.

Anyway, congrats again! Talk to your kids about the past, it might help them make the right choices in the future. God bless!
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:44 PM   #102
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That's a grown man story right there!
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:47 PM   #103
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AWESOME story!!! It takes a real man to open up and share that honestly!!! Very cool. You are definitely helping people on here. Congrats on your anniversary.
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:41 PM   #104
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congrats richie, that's awesome !!!!
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:49 AM   #105
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Bump, because this story is so awesome.
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:08 AM   #106
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Awesome story!!! I forwarded this to someone who needs it and that I care about very much. Thanks for sharing!!!
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:41 AM   #107
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Year 7 complete. Trucking right along.God is great.. Keeping the past in the rearview, where I can see it, but I'm still heading the opposite direction. I bump this every year, hoping somebody in a similar situation might see it and decide they need help as well.
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:47 AM   #108
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never get tired of hearing your testimony

congrats brother and way to inspire others
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:52 AM   #109
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:53 AM   #110
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May 15,2010 is a day I will never forget. It's the day I realized that my life was in shambles and the only person I could blame was me. My drinking had become a horrible problem and consumed and defined who I was. What started out as drinking with buddies for fun in high school had manifested itself into basically a 20 year binge. I dealt with all my problems, marital, financial, and others by drinking. I always had nice cars, house, good job so I thought there wasn't a problem. Alcoholics were those bums on the street, I thought. Came to find out that couldn't be further from the truth.

It had come to the point that if there was any social event, get together, or function where there wasn't alcohol I didn't want to go. And if I "had" to go, I'd slam some before we went. If I wasn't working or asleep, I was drinking. No one knew the extent of the drinking, I guess because I didn't act drunk. I knew deep down I was an alcoholic, I just pushed it down with alcohol so I didn't have to face it(ironic,huh). I blamed everything on someone or something else, I neglected my fatherly and husbandly duties at times, because getting drunk took priority. In 2007 I got a DWI after I had a wreck, ran off the road and almost hit a 4' diameter tree at 70. That made me stop for about a week. Nearly dying, dwi, and the other troubles weren't enough to stop me. In hindsight that was absolutely insane, but at the time I didn't see it. This addiction will start to strain relationships, friendships, work performance, etc. But I kept blaming everyone else.Got tired of my dad staying on my butt. I'm surprised that some people will even talk to me now. But that person was not me, and they knew that.

May 14, 2010 was a normal day for then. Get off work, grab a 30, and start drinking, the same as I had done for many years. Night went as always, sitting in a lawn chair slamming beer and "thinking". Went to bed about 10. At 4:30 in the morning on May 15, 2010, I woke up, wide awake, with tears running down my face. I don't know why, but I knew at that moment that I had to change. It's almost like God was saying " I'm tired of being nice and trying to guide you on the right path, I'm about to slap you and wake you up". I got up, poured out all alcohol in the house, and then just sat and reflected on what my life had become. Later that morning I checked into rehab. I learned a lot about myself there. I got the counseling that I needed. Went to outpatient for 4 months. I truly think that if I hadn't gone or if I didn't have the family and friends I have, I might not be here, or if I was, it wouldn't be a pretty sight.

I'm only telling this because I know some people have the same issues and I'm here to say that it can be done. In hindsight, I wasn't living at all, I was bound by my addiction. I can honestly say that the last three years have been some of the best of my life. And if my story helps one person, it's worth telling. I promised myself I would try to help anyone who had similar problems if I could. It's very hard to admit a problem, it's probably the hardest step. That and losing people you thought were friends. Your true friends will be there. PERIOD. But if anyone ever needs advice or help, don't hesitate to ask. I thank God every day for my sobriety.. 3 years and counting.
Mine was also on the 15th only October 15th 2016. Why I didn't stop drinking sooner Ill never know. My story is very similar to yours. Being sober is awesome, I thank God every day for my sobriety.
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:55 AM   #111
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Mine was also on the 15th only October 15th 2016. Why I didn't stop drinking sooner Ill never know. My story is very similar to yours. Being sober is awesome, I thank God every day for my sobriety.
Amen. Was an eye opener when I realized I spent a 24 hour day drunk, asleep, or hungover.
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:56 AM   #112
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Thanks for sharing your story every year and congrats on the sobriety.
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:02 AM   #113
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Congrats on your "birthday"
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:37 AM   #114
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Amen. Was an eye opener when I realized I spent a 24 hour day drunk, asleep, or hungover.
It is amazing how much better I feel and all my anxiety has disappeared. I do not miss drinking at all and I thought I would miss it big time. I also thought I could not have any fun without drinking. All my life beer went with everything, hunting, fishing, boating you name it. Boy was I ever wrong. I have more fun now without a beer in my hand. I could go on and on but bottom line is being sober is absolutely awesome. Don't get me wrong, I was not hammered drunk every dam day, but I was pretty much Friday night to Sunday night and any night in between where there was some kind of social gathering I was at. My wakeup call was one day during the week I left the office for lunch and I ordered a beer with my lunch and 3 beers later I was like "Dude you're a drunk bastage if you are drinking during working hours ***" So the next day I enrolled in an out patient rehab deal. Best thing I have ever done.
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:41 AM   #115
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Congrats and thanks again for your testimony and sharing this personal experience. Praying for you............. Whoo hoooo
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Old 05-15-2017, 09:43 AM   #116
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Congrats once again to everyone who has been affected and beat it.
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:00 AM   #117
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Year 7 complete. Trucking right along.God is great.. Keeping the past in the rearview, where I can see it, but I'm still heading the opposite direction. I bump this every year, hoping somebody in a similar situation might see it and decide they need help as well.
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:28 AM   #118
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Year 7 complete. Trucking right along.God is great.. Keeping the past in the rearview, where I can see it, but I'm still heading the opposite direction. I bump this every year, hoping somebody in a similar situation might see it and decide they need help as well.
Proud of you bud......
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:45 AM   #119
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God is Good!! Congrats!!
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Old 05-15-2017, 10:54 AM   #120
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Old 05-15-2017, 04:51 PM   #121
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Proud of you bud......
How are things in Bean town? Haven't been over there in a while.
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:07 PM   #122
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Happy bday man. Great testimony! Congrats. Got my 5th coming up on the 25th.
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:14 PM   #123
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Congrats brother! God is great.
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:15 PM   #124
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Good stuff
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:27 PM   #125
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Congrats on another year!
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Old 05-16-2017, 05:01 AM   #126
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How are things in Bean town? Haven't been over there in a while.


Going good busy as always.....
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:45 AM   #127
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Congrats. You are a better man because of it.

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Old 05-16-2017, 06:52 AM   #128
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:35 AM   #129
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Congrats to you on your 3 year anniversary. Praying many, many, many more for you to come!!!!!
I wish a few people I have known was able to do what you did...............they never will...........as they reside 6 ft under.
Depression is a killer too. Miss ya Deb.


Good work on staying the course Grayson, let your strength and commitment be a example for others struggling with alcohol.

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Old 05-16-2017, 09:46 AM   #130
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Thanks for sharing Grayson.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:53 AM   #131
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Congrats on another year. Takes a bug man to post that up.
Thanks for it and hope it helps someone out. I HAD a couple of friends who I wish could have read it while they were here. God Bless you!
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:36 PM   #132
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Awesome! Way to go, Grayson and sotx!
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:08 AM   #133
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Year 8 in the books. Life is great.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:17 AM   #134
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Great thread Thanks for posting it.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:18 AM   #135
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congrats again brother ... 1 day at a time
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:18 AM   #136
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Awesome brother, super happy for you. See ya in 365!!
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:33 AM   #137
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Great testimony and very glad to see you on the straight in narrow. Don't guilt yourself too bad over your boys, none of us are perfect. In fact, I think you stepping up and getting your life back in order probably made your boys very proud of you. Good stuff my man.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:22 AM   #138
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Congrats! Way to go!
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:29 AM   #139
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Man im so proud for you and thanks for sharing!!
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:37 AM   #140
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It is always powerful to go back and read this. Kind of puts things into proper perspective. Thanks so much for your willingness to share your struggle and success with us, takes a big man to do what you did. The same with you Sotx. I admire your truthfulness and your story as well.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:42 AM   #141
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Great news bud. Keep it up!!
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:19 AM   #142
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congrats again brother ... 1 day at a time
Yessir, and the days add up quickly
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:35 AM   #143
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Year 8 in the books. Life is great.
Great testimony and congrats.

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Old 05-15-2018, 11:58 AM   #144
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Year 8 in the books. Life is great.
This is still a great thread. God bless you.
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Impressive and glad you opened up, congrats Richie
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:56 PM   #146
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Happy birthday, I'm 1/26/06, one day at a time!!!
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:17 PM   #147
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Year 8 in the books. Life is great.
Congrats bud. Don't EVER forget that the drink is always ready to take you back whenever you're willing. My last drink was 08/01/1993 and I still brush off the urge every day. ODAAT
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Old 05-15-2018, 03:29 PM   #148
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I don't know how I have missed this for 5 years, but a huge CONGRATULATIONS to you, sir!! It's been 8.5 years for me since I quit. I didn't think I would be able to do it, but I have and continue to. May God bless you and strengthen you more every day!
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:54 PM   #149
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What an awesome read. I myself have also thought about quittin cold turkey. Iíve been saying Iím gonna quit for years but it only lasts a couple of weeks. Your story really inspired me sir. I myself donít want to go the AA route, I just want to battle it myself. I rarely drink during the workweek but as sure as the weekend is here or on my days off I go on a binge like all day and night. Iíve been fortunate that my wife has stuck with me thru all Iíve put her through with my drinking, and I feel like this time is the last time that I will say Iím quitting because I really look foreword to quitting. I myself have consumed alcohol since my high school years and I think enough is enough. Wish me luck.
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Old 06-25-2018, 07:15 PM   #150
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What an awesome read. I myself have also thought about quittin cold turkey. Iíve been saying Iím gonna quit for years but it only lasts a couple of weeks. Your story really inspired me sir. I myself donít want to go the AA route, I just want to battle it myself. I rarely drink during the workweek but as sure as the weekend is here or on my days off I go on a binge like all day and night. Iíve been fortunate that my wife has stuck with me thru all Iíve put her through with my drinking, and I feel like this time is the last time that I will say Iím quitting because I really look foreword to quitting. I myself have consumed alcohol since my high school years and I think enough is enough. Wish me luck.
Sounds like you've made your mind up! This thread is a perfect example of what your life will be like without alchohalism! Hang tough, we're pulling for ya!
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