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    Re: International Army - 2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE ��. Wonderful to wake up to this busy thread, thanks Bridget. Wasn’t out too late, 1.30 pick up. Himself going to run up a mountain this morning. Not feeling too energetic so think I’ll do a little pootling. Back in a bit.

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    Re: International Army - 2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Morning Rusters...now a challenge for us all...was (as Jackie says) doing a big think last night whilst Joe snores like a train.... Sometimes it seems as if MWO is the addicts equivalent of slimming world or the gym...great enthusiasm at start of new year that rapidly declines as the weeks/months go by - now could we be a product of our own success...as in nowadays there are very few newbies or even returnees - could it be that so many in positive recovery is daunting (as well as the mixed messages of this being a way to moderate)....now could we ..or SHOULD we encourage people to come here whilst still drinking....look how many responded to that thread about being here when still drinking? Just a thought...no great ideas yet about how to promote that even...and maybe it would encourage the chaos we had when the fighting went on with moderators and meds etc....really just thinking out loud here
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    Re: International Army - 2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!



    Hallo Army and best wishes for a wonderful, sober year!!
    @byebyebridgetjones - thanks for kicking off the new thread - hope you're having a lovely day!
    @Tabbers (a.k.a. KTAB) - great to see you - hope you stick around. We REALLY need some blokes in the army!!
    @satz123 - sorry to hear you're under the weather but at least your sober and sick. Imagine the flu with a raging hangover!
    @NoSugar - what you said - this thread/forum has drawn us together from all over the world. It's just so comforting to be in the presence of peeps who understand our addiction but also who have overcome it!!
    @rustop59 - am having a bit of a pootle myself. Will get into action later in the day.

    To any who may be lurking and wondering if they can fit in (I was in that place 10 years ago) - there is room here for anyone on the Army thread or any thread you feel comfortable posting on. We all are here for the same reason - either to face our addiction and try to overcome it or to continue to live the sober life with support from the others here at MWO. We were all where you are - struggling to stop or struggling to stay sober. We understand. The "Army" name was given to this thread as a nod to the fact that we all are or were fighting to get and stay sober and better to have a group fighting together than each trying on his/her own. There is a whole network of support and advice here and we love to have newcomers. So take that first step and post something - anything, to get you started.

    To alll of you, I hope new year and new decade is one of good health and inner peace!!!
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    Re: International Army - 2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Quote Originally Posted by mollyka View Post
    Morning Rusters...now a challenge for us all...was (as Jackie says) doing a big think last night whilst Joe snores like a train.... Sometimes it seems as if MWO is the addicts equivalent of slimming world or the gym...great enthusiasm at start of new year that rapidly declines as the weeks/months go by - now could we be a product of our own success...as in nowadays there are very few newbies or even returnees - could it be that so many in positive recovery is daunting (as well as the mixed messages of this being a way to moderate)....now could we ..or SHOULD we encourage people to come here whilst still drinking....look how many responded to that thread about being here when still drinking? Just a thought...no great ideas yet about how to promote that even...and maybe it would encourage the chaos we had when the fighting went on with moderators and meds etc....really just thinking out loud here
    Molls, I have often wondered that myself but on the other hand there are so many here who are sober for a long time and that is a great example/message to those just starting out. After all, we all had our day one. And some of us had many day ones. As for drinking and posting, I would prefer that to people not posting at all and therefore not getting any support/advice. Yes, it could open a can of worms but among us we have so much experience of how to start to stop, if you see what I mean, and IMHO, that could be invaluable to people who don't know where else to turn.
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    Re: International Army - 2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Quote Originally Posted by stirly-girly View Post
    Molls, I have often wondered that myself but on the other hand there are so many here who are sober for a long time and that is a great example/message to those just starting out. After all, we all had our day one. And some of us had many day ones. As for drinking and posting, I would prefer that to people not posting at all and therefore not getting any support/advice. Yes, it could open a can of worms but among us we have so much experience of how to start to stop, if you see what I mean, and IMHO, that could be invaluable to people who don't know where else to turn.
    Morning Stirly and happy new year.. I agree with what you say - said a lot more succinctly than myself - I was literally typing as I thought haha!! I think back in the day - it would have definitely encouraged me to read the stories of brand new 'triers' or ones who hadn't tried but knew in their hearts they must... I s'pose the important thing is that they don't come and get lectured relentlessly - we all thought we could do this and that and stand on one leg and manage our drinks -- but in our own bumbling ways we got here... and after all - whether we want to admit it or not - we are in recovery -- and we will always be in recovery - it is the remission of addiction - not the cure..

    anyways -- there are a few newbies appearing and that is wonderful - just imagine how many are out there - first day of the year - KNOWING they have to do something but just overwhelmed -- sad
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    Re: International Army - 2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Quote Originally Posted by mollyka View Post
    anyways -- there are a few newbies appearing and that is wonderful - just imagine how many are out there - first day of the year - KNOWING they have to do something but just overwhelmed -- sad
    Yes, overwhelmed is what they could be feeling and with reason. This addiction is a mountain to be conquered, no doubt about it. But the thing is - anyone who has stumbled on to MWO looking for answers and is reading this or other threads, has already taken the first step, and that is a big deal! The next step is to read, read, read the threads and join one for support. Then they won't feel so overwhelmed, but rather, they will feel hopeful knowing that help is available.

    Off for coffee with my special friend. No booze, no smokes, just great communication and lots of laughs!!

    Catch up with youz laterz....
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    Re: International Army - 2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Late for parade today.........the year's running away already. Lovely last night being surrounded by sobriety.
    Next door neighbour/best mate of Mr.JC first footed us at the beginning of the Vienna New Year Concert and stayed 'til the end. Cups of tea and biscuits all round. Soooooooo very different to the old days.
    @byebyebridgetjones...............thanks for the start up.
    @Tabbers (a.k.a. KTAB).............a new year, a new decade, a new you???

    Had to check .......but ten years ago today was my very first sober New Year's Day. We had a shed load of snow and at 8am instead of lying bed working out when would be the 'polite' time to start drinking as I'd done for more years than I care to remember.............I ran out into the back garden in my dressing gown and laid in the snow and made snow angels................daft as it sounds, although I had a five months sober (AF) under my belt...........I just knew, knew I never, ever had to drink alcohol again. I would not be coerced into the go on just the one from friends/family or my brain. One drink is never enough, but neither is a thousand.
    Of course my start date is 9 months before I actually made my first trembling post.
    Did I lurk..........no......tbh I forgot all about it. If it hadn't been for that doctor who did my last de-tox read an article about MWO in the Guardian and said give it a proper go.........well think I'd be 6 feet under.
    I know one or two have wandered off from here who are doing AA. There's a good structure there.
    I looked for the one's with the most sobriety and did what they did, basically so I finally posted and have posted every day unless I'm on holiday without internet.
    Sorry there was more I wanted to say but my back is absolutely killing me and I'm going to have to lie down.
    It could be worse, I could be filing.
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    Re: International Army - 2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    I remember that snowy Christmas...funny wasn't drinking..chose not to drink at Christmas cos couldn't do the cooking..ironic that my final hurrah was the only Christmas I promised not to drink ...something in that??!! In airport on route to Chester via Liverpool... exciting but strangely I'm grumpy as shit!!
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    Re: International Army - 2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Chester is lovely Molls - been a few times but of course only involved visiting all the 'quaint little pubs' FFS. What a waste.
    Gorgeous little cake shops I remember.
    Why are you there again ? Just a jolly ?

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    Re: International Army - 2020 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Was trying to go to Liverpool but cock up with Airb&b so Chester instead ..it's Joe's Christmas present...I was in Chester when pregnant with Joey so never saw the quaint pubs!! Dunno why the cranks ...aftermath of too much food and ho ho hoing?!!
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