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      LC, you are doing great - give yourself a huge pat on the back
      We are only human & it takes time to change that automatic thinking. BUT, as long as you keep doing what you've been doing - everything will be OK
      I think the big thing is remembering that we are in charge of all of our thoughts. When a 'bad thought' enters your head just push it out. Don't let it linger & grow in strength. To me it's like swinging a tennis racket or baseball bat. Just stay alert & keep pushing those thoughts away!!

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      Hi friends,

      Lifechange, great to see you here. Just remember to always pull those thoughts out of your mind so they don't gain any traction. It was something we did for years so there are bound to be lots of associations, etc. But it IS something we don't do any more. You can go back to basics and say "I don't drink!" Out loud. It works.

      I have been busy with my dog, but I tired her out in the freezing cold. Now I have a huge Dutch oven full of chili simmering on the stove. I'm home with my daughter and the dog today. It's a lot of bustle but I can enjoy life. It's not calm on the outside, but it is on the inside. AF life is my respite. There would be no smile on my face if I still had al in my life.

      Have a great AF day!

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      Hello, LC, I had planned to stalk you today if I didn't wake up and find a post from you .

      Glad to see it and what you say doesn't surprise me at all - I had a few similar ones at just about the same time. And like you, I wondered where to post. I was reluctant to shake up the nest (and risk sounding like a hypocrite because I truly mean all the zero-tolerance for AL business I write there) and I thought everyone in this thread was securely AF and wouldn't relate to what I was trying to say. Now I think that is one thing this thread should be for. I feel securely AF now but I also realize that that needs to be nurtured each and every day. Posting the truth, even when you think it isn't what others want to hear, is part of that. It usually turns out that many people can relate and that your post actually helps them.

      It is great that you made it over this hump on your own and I hope you're feeling even stronger. But you don't need to prove anything to anyone - I hope that if you feel uncertain or are tempted to drink in the future, you reach out or ask for help sooner. I think it is too risky to try to go it alone - even when you've got a lot of sober time behind you.

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      Hi, Pinecone I was just thinking about you as I wrote to LC! We had some conversations about just this topic awhile back.

      It's good to hear that you're doing well and enjoying your AF life . How is puppy training going?? (It sure is a good thing that puppies are so cute! :H)

      Have a good one, friends! :h NS

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      Lifechange, try not to give these thoughts more power than they really have.

      When recovery from addiction is being discussed the fear of relapsing has often been implanted from day one.......little wonder that people succumb.....the mind is a sponge which will soak up any old crap! :H

      Off the top of my head the following thoughts flow through my mind......

      I am sick of work.......but I do not quit

      My client is pissing me off....... But I do not shout at them

      My child was rude....... But I do not strike him or her

      My waistline is growing.....but I do not diet

      Someone cuts me up when I am driving......but I do not ram them off the road


      You get my drift?

      I am nearly 18 months sober and the thought of drinking enters my head from time to time......it doesn't frighten me because it is only a thought.

      You sound like you believe the thought has power.....it really doesn't ......unless you BELIEVE it does.

      Work on what you believe......if you are now sober NOTHING but a BELIEF that you will drink again can ever take away your sobriety.

      You may have to work on being happily and healthily sober but no thought can make you drink now....... You are free

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      Dang, that's a great post, Ku, and a BIG REASON why you were sorely missed about here!!! I am so happy to see you! Congrats on your 18 months, too! That is amazing!!! xxoo, B

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      Good to see you Byrdie

      Only just realised that I have been unable to log into MWO since last JUNE !!!!

      My enforced absence has served to destroy a belief I had been developing.......that perhaps I couldn't stay sober without MWO.

      Whilst this forum was clearly a lifesaver for me it was also rapidly becoming it's own addiction.

      I will now enjoy posting advice that may help and to remind myself of the mess I was in, but am happy that I can negotiate a sober life on or off MWO.

      My life no longer revolves around the ingestion of, or the abstinence from alcohol.......and I think that is a good thing for those in earlier recovery to know.

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      Great to see you back Kuya- ye were missed. Congrats too on being near 18months sober

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      kuya;1614909 wrote:
      I will now enjoy posting advice that may help and to remind myself of the mess I was in, but am happy that I can negotiate a sober life on or off MWO.
      That is a nice thing to know for sure but I don't think many of us who know you doubted that you could do it . It is more fun to do it with friends, though, and I like knowing that we all have one another's backs.

      My life no longer revolves around the ingestion of, or the abstinence from alcohol.......and I think that is a good thing for those in earlier recovery to know.
      It is - those days of drinking/not drinking being the first and last (and most of those in between) thoughts of the day can make you crazy! Plus, I like the fact that when the thought comes up that I don't drink, it is one of happiness and pride. What a complete turnaround!

      Really good to see you back, Kuya, and I must say I prefer the panther avatar (even though it scared the life out of me for a few months because I knew I was about to read some Hard Truths - thanks for those lessons).

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      evening all, a chilly one at that. it is good to see you Kuya again. There are many different kinds of addictions out there. Sometimes I feel I've replaced AL with coffee. Always enjoyed coffee, especially when I used to work night shift at a print shop. Cell phones seem to be the big addiction these days. Everywhere everyone seems to be on it.

      Have a good one all

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