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Old 01-05-2019, 10:52 PM
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My prayers will include you!! I have been down the road your going down. I have been clean since 2003 and I wont tell you it gets easier, but you will get used to being clean as your new normal. I lost a child in 1995 and spent the next 7 years in a meth induced fantasy land. I know I will die a recovering drug addict but I also know I will die a clean and sober recoving drug addict. I pray that God bless you and keep you and your family strong!!
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:52 AM
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Good luck Brett. Sounds like you are ready for this. Get 'er done.

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You can do it brother, I know that from personal experience. Reach out and utilize whatever resources available if you need support to any degree, whether its a group, spouse, THT'ers, sponsor, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, just whatever works when having doubts. Good people here too, pretty sure we all are behind you. Stay strong man, believe me it gets easier and better each and every day.
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Old 01-06-2019, 02:54 AM
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Interesting story, no two are ever truly alike as are no two people are alike.
Mine is drinking, first 45 years of my life, the last 13 sober.
I have dated and currently date two (Not at the same time) women whom had opiate and heroin addiction. (Nasty stuff). Lies, stealing, manipulation, etc.
I had an employee commit suicide because of it (last year), a close friend died from it, (Drank himself to death, all the while lying to himself, family and friends), this year.
Both alcohol and drugs are addictions, the similarities stop there.
Everyone has thoughts on the path to sobriety and how to stay the course, each way works differently for each person. Religion, counseling, etc.
I applaud and congratulate you on your first 120 days of sobriety, however, it's just the beginning.
The first year of my sobriety, I was (maybe I still am) a complete and certified Azz Whole. I had two (2) friends survive that with me, two (2).
To this day I try and help, some you can, some you cannot, most important right now is focus on yourself.
Are you going to be a 1%r--------? And, we are not talking money here.
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Brett,

Thanks for putting that out there. Keep doing the next right thing. Keep helping others. The professional help was the jump start.

You are not alone. I celebrated 4 years Sept 2018. If I can do it, you can. Reach out if you ever need to talk.
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I commented on your other thread...so you have a pretty good idea I have fought through some tough years.

Cunning, baffling and powerful...not everyone understands the constant tug of war to stay sober. Early years of sobriety are hell.

Not many make it. I am grateful to be someone who has been sober for a while now. It does get easier, I can tell you that much.

Good luck and be careful. Many of us want you to pull through.
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Good luck to you, Brett.
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Stay the course brother!

my mother was an alcoholic til the day she died. I wish she had written a post like this and even tried to get sober, let alone for 120 days. You’re going to beat this; your humility and love for them will get you there. .
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When I saw your username I asked myself if you were the one with the Yellowfins, Cigarettes and exotic cars. All I can say is stay focused on getting better and be thankful for your family who didn't abandon you in this crucial moments. Toys can be replaced in the future.
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Originally Posted by Clint0721 View Post
My prayers will include you!! I have been down the road your going down. I have been clean since 2003 and I wont tell you it gets easier, but you will get used to being clean as your new normal. I lost a child in 1995 and spent the next 7 years in a meth induced fantasy land. I know I will die a recovering drug addict but I also know I will die a clean and sober recoving drug addict. I pray that God bless you and keep you and your family strong!!
One of the first things I had to learn was that there is no graduation from recovery. We are in recovery until we die or relapse. My wife asked what my long term goal was and my response is always the same.... "to be the best husband, father and friend I can be. Then to pass on with as much clean and sober time as I can". I just keep plugging along, step by step, and maintain a long view. I have to admit, while I am beat up from my 10 year bender I feel so much better. My priorities have changed and my family is tops.
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Good luck, I can't imagine the fight you must be going through.
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Old 01-06-2019, 04:59 AM
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I commented on your other thread...so you have a pretty good idea I have fought through some tough years.

Cunning, baffling and powerful...not everyone understands the constant tug of war to stay sober. Early years of sobriety are hell.

Not many make it. I am grateful to be someone who has been sober for a while now. It does get easier, I can tell you that much.

Good luck and be careful. Many of us want you to pull through.
Cunning, baffling and powerful.... you get it. The big book is such an incredible tool for sobriety. 1935 and they laid out a path for anyone who is suffering to attain long term sobriety. Some say cultish but I say what is better, dying from an OD or pouring myself into recovery? Ask my boys. They are recovery experts. They are not sure how it happens but they love the end result. I get the deepest, longest hugs with almost tearful "I love you" from them. Dad is back and in many ways better than ever. I always go back to the saying in treatment...."this is a program of action, not words". I am all in, all the time. Can I guarantee my long term sobriety? Nope. All I can do is work my ass off in recovery and lean on my community of fellow addicts in recovery to hold me up when I get weak.

I love you guys/girls and thank you for the support. Maybe just maybe we can just touch the life of other members and help save someone.

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Brett1, man let me start by saying you will be in my prayers and thoughts and I am dead serious about this

Took a LOT for you to come on THT and tell us your issues but for some unknown reason we are kind of like family on here even thought most of us have never looked each other in the eyes

I have a very close friend now that has 2 college age children, the youngest (very pretty young lady) just had oral surgery in office where my wife works. Both parents were/are not wanting to give her the prescription pain killers due to his wife biological Dad (passed away from years of drug and alcohol abuse) and his side of family have extreme addiction issues. To me it did not make sense but wife told these are issues are very true and said I would be shocked at how many people come see her Dr just to try and get oxycodine and some others.

Good luck with your battle, we watched my wife’s Uncle (who was only 1 yr older than me) battle it all his life . He finally moved away from town he grew up on and started going to church with some coworkers and it truly changed his life. He told me it was a constant and daily battle that he would fight until he died . Unfortunately he was hit hard with live cancer and died a few yeas ago before he even hit 50, how he lived that long I will never know.

I am not here to preach to you but just stop and think and good luck with your recovery, like most have said it truly takes someone that is willing to fight this to come on here and spell it all out . Good luck man from bottom of my heart I mean it

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Old 01-06-2019, 05:19 AM
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Prayers sent already
Thank you for your prayers and support. It truly makes a difference.
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Good Morning Brett1 , and a beautiful morning it is, we can handle this, today, one day at time.

Thank you for your story, you are not alone, we are everywhere and while our stories and addictions are different, the results are the same.

Good luck to you brother, I am a recovering alcoholic , 29+ years now, one day at a time.
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That took a lot of courage to write that. Stay strong 1 day at a time.
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Brett, thanks for your testimony, you may have very well helped others by sharing your story.

A simple copy and paste:

In 2015, about 91 Americans died per day from an opioid overdose, with an annual mortality count of more than 33,000 deaths. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids. Prescription drugs deaths actually outnumbered heroin deaths. Since 1999, the number of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. nearly quadrupled.
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Wow, just wow, I’m sure you have no idea how your still alive, congrats on your recovery, I wish you nothing but the best!
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Powerful story. Thank you for sharing and best of luck to you.
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Stay strong Brett. In order to address the problem you had to admit and seek help which you did. So happy you are putting your life back together and you have your family support.
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