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    Right on Patty.

    Drinking time for me was more important than everything, including family, friends, and my dreams.

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    Loved your post Patty and every bit of it was so true. The saying everyday that i will not drink and hitting repeat by the end of it, just existing to face another day and another when there was so much more out there if i was sober.

    Thank god we found mwo, each other and a way out of the vicious cycle of al and addiction. Its not easy but it wasnt easy drinking every damn day either.

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    Great post!

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    Patty - thank you for this. Absolutely wonderful. :h

    Welcome to everyone

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    Love this post. I love the way you write!

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    NH great post!! I read it yesterday, my day 1. Your story could be mine! Thank you so much.

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    available;1648588 wrote: Its not easy but it wasn't easy drinking every damn day either.
    Well said, Ava! The positive change in my children over the last 2 months has been worth ever sober thought!
    Patty

    to all of you.
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    As this Sunday winds down~ if you are new here, please take your time to read through our true confessions, our successes and failures, our fears and our joys. There is normally someone on line that will respond to your posts.


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    Great post! I saw myself through your whole weekend. So as one of the many lurkers here, I thought I would just say Hello. Hellooooo! Day one for me (again) and feeling good. for your post, Jude

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    Happy Sunday, everyone!

    Well, this Sunday is much happier than "that Sunday" when I first found My Way Out.

    I would like to tell you about my Uncle and his journey. My Uncle was a young drummer with a wife and family and on the weekends, he played in a band behind big country stars. One Sunday morning, he found himself in jail, without any true recollection of what happened. His wife went into the jail and told him, before she would pay the bond money: "This is it. Alcohol or us." He threw the bottle down and changed his life around.

    Because of his battles with drugs and alcohol, when he retired from his "real job", he went back to school for drug and alcohol counseling. For the last 25 years, he coached people as they struggled with addiction. My uncle could truly relate to what we are going through- the hidden treasure chest that we all own, filled with broken promises and half truths. And while he is wise about this disease, he also has said that his snap decision to stop drinking and to choose his family- that is, indeed, rare.

    My Uncle told me that most of us take 5 - 7 years from the moment the thought creeps into our minds, "Hey! I might have a problem!"... until we try to moderate our drinking... and if/when that fails, THEN we think: "Maybe I should stop drinking?" The internal struggle does take years, and in the meantime, we make many poor choices.

    Our "AHA" moments are all different, but if I compare the Sunday morning that I eluded to on my first post, to the Sunday morning I'm experiencing right now:

    Last night, I watched a movie and ate popcorn- no booze. I woke up this morning at 7:30 am, sober and in full control of my bodily functions. In the last two hours, I've started homemade baked beans (they will be ready for dinner), I've started cooking chicken for my homemade dog food (I'm willing to share the recipe!! ), I've cleaned the kitchen, made a second pot of coffee, and now, I'm popping on here to check in with my MWO friends. My husband is also sober and is outside helping our son work on his pickup truck.

    My husband is grudgingly participating in this alcohol free lifestyle, but the important thing is that he is sober too. I am hoping that as we have more time together being sober that he will see that this is the best choice for our family. Yes, I have hope.

    No matter where you are in your journey- please know, there is hope.
    Patty
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