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Old 07-03-2014, 08:03 AM   #1
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3 years ago today is a anniversary for me, in 2011 May I retired after 22+ years of service to this great nation and I would not chage a thing I did except one thing and I had to do it after I retired. You see I am an alcoholic, some say it is genetic, some say it is self induced, hell I really dont care, I was drinking a bottle of Jack Daniels and a case, not a 12 pack a case of beer a days, wonder how I am still here me to. Being a professional drinker that I was, I would find a way to get my drink on, whether truck payment got missed or I would forget to pay something very deliberately. I was a terrible husband to my wife Renee Wylie, and a terrible Dad to my kids... This is something I have to live with on a daily basis, there have been countless nights and days of drinking and driving where I could have killed folks but did not. Why am I writing this, Well today is my anniversary of being SOBER, not a drop in 3 years, what has this done for me, Well I fell in love all over again with my wife Renee Wylie, I can really enjoy all 4 of my wonderful kids, and provide them the love, caring and sound advice that a dad should and does, I am almost caught up on all financial mistakes, 20+ years of boozing is hard to correct but working on it, I have found pure enjoyment out of simple things in life, like the outdoors again, I have found my self respect, and positive confidence again which had been lost many a year ago, I have found God again, which if you know me personally, I was a heathen and a animal when I had my drink going strong, but having god in my life again I have clarity and a sense of redemption of life. I have a purpose with god, right now he is pointing me to help veterans, I will take this course till he tells me to go Left or Right. I love my life, my wife, my kids and my friends and family.. Speaking of friends, I had what I thought were friends when boozing it up, but when I got SOBER, they all left, but have since been replaced by people I call brother and sisters, but are not blood, they have been put in the path I am walking now for a reason only god knows, he will tell me in his time when he knows I am ready. How did I do this, BRUTAL HONESTY from my wife Renee Wylie and my kids. I was at the bottom and let me tell ya, it sure as hell is hard to climb from the lowest pits of hell but I am doing it, one day at a time, sometimes it goes by the minutes, but it gets easier everyday. I have true friends no matter what happens, and honest friend. Martin Trevino, Gordon Melton, Bobby Pennington, Hilljack, Vic, Julie, Dave, Dave and Dave, Gary Bartels and pretty much my CTB, TBH family.... I will continue this path and fight till I no longer can, and when I can not continue, I will pick my sorry *** up, dust off and get back on my feet.... This is my testimony.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:08 AM   #2
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:12 AM   #3
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Awesome job brother! Keep it straight and narrow! I'll be praying for you. If you ever need anything let me know!
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:15 AM   #4
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Quit Drinking 9 yrs ago...BEST thing I ever did..Did it at first for my Son (Medical Problem with his Kidneys) but in the end it helped me the most...It will get easier,I can't even stand the smell of it now..
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:17 AM   #5
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Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:18 AM   #6
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Wow! Thank you for your service to our country and for the honesty in your testimony. Continue on, Brother.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:19 AM   #7
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Awesome story and congrats!
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:20 AM   #8
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Great story. Thanks for sharing. This gives others strength to conquer some of our own baggage we carry around.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:22 AM   #9
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Great testimony!!! I love stories of redemption. Keep up the good work!!
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:22 AM   #10
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:22 AM   #11
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Great story and testimony. Four years for me and life only gets better. Congrats brother.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:29 AM   #12
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20+ years of sobriety for me. I was drinking a quart of whiskey a day when I quit. You make me look amateur as a drunk.

Good for you. Life can be good, in fact much better sober than drunk. Keep up the spirit and you will do well. It sounds to me like you love life so much now that you really don't want to ruin it by drinking again.

I always say that quitting drinking only meant giving up one drink, the first one. The first drink was always the best one for me so that was hard for awhile. Now I have pretty much forgotten about drinking and it seems that I have always been sober. I could not face myself in the mirror if I were to take a drink.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:34 AM   #13
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Congratulations sir!!!
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:34 AM   #14
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Amen.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:36 AM   #15
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Great Story. Hopefully you can fid the strength to continue with this endeavor.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:36 AM   #16
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Glad to hear it brother. I apologize for offering you a drink. Perhaps lunch and a soda sometime
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:42 AM   #17
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Ya never get clean but taking it one day at a time and giving it all to GOD it gets better everyday, I live, love, laugh like there is no tomorrow now that I am sober.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:44 AM   #18
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Awesome testimony!!!
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:37 AM   #19
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Thanks for sharing, I've got 7 years myself.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:40 AM   #20
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Great testimony! Thanks for sharing and keep fighting the good fight!
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:59 AM   #21
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The Power for living an abundant life is available to you on a minute by minute basis. Depend on it.

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Old 07-03-2014, 11:10 AM   #22
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Congratulations!!
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:18 AM   #23
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Amen my Brother in Christ and as a Fellow Retired Army guy ... I Salute You !
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:38 AM   #24
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Awesome ... From the heart
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:43 AM   #25
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thanks for sharing brother , takes lots of humility to share your painful past with others
I've always said that if your testimony saves 1 person's life, then it was worth it
somebody, somewhere will read your story and it will hit home .... keep giving back

TODAY is the most important day in your sobriety/recovery ..

thanks God for getting through yesterday
do NOT drink today
don't worry about tomorrow as it's in the future
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:48 AM   #26
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Great thread, I like the path you are on brother.
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Old 07-03-2014, 02:18 PM   #27
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Congrats and a huge amen. I hunt in Youngsport. Not far from Lampassas. Maybe we can share a glass of cold ice tea and some stories sometime. I too was a 1/5 a day Crown drinker and my story is very close to yours. I just celebrated 4 years in February.
Keep the faith brother. My life just keeps getting better.
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:11 PM   #28
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Amen brother!
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:17 PM   #29
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Great read.
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #30
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Congrats. I hope you showed this to Renee. I'll bet she right proud of you, too.
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:29 PM   #31
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thanks for sharing and God Bless you and your wife/kids for sticking by your side and allowing the lord to work in your life before giving up on you
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:33 PM   #32
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Congratulations Mr. Wylie.
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Old 07-03-2014, 03:36 PM   #33
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Thank you for sharing your story with us. Takes a good man to get things wrong and to be strong enough to get them right.
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:34 PM   #34
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Congratulations and Amen. Stay focused on God and the other things will work out!
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Old 07-03-2014, 04:55 PM   #35
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Awesome, I have a year and a half, (small potatoes). But I feel great being my old self again. I may be on the verge of losing my BTB as she still drinks a lot. She doesn't see what it does when its out of control.
Great Job!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:17 PM   #36
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Awesome, thank you for sharing. I pray you continue on your sober path.
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:23 PM   #37
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Thanks for your service. Congrats on your retirement and a bigger congrats on getting your life in order.
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Old 07-03-2014, 05:30 PM   #38
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I am glad, God found a way to reach you and remind you of the things worth living for.

I pray that you will continue to find yourself in the middle of His will for you.
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