View Full Version : 2 years sober


sarahsweets
12-13-14, 06:07 PM
Today I am 2 years sober and I feel spectacular.

peripatetic
12-13-14, 06:12 PM
Huge congratulations on maintaining your sobriety, fantastic friend!!! Best wishes for many more years of feeling great yet to come. x

BellaVita
12-13-14, 06:13 PM
Congrats Sarah!

Unmanagable
12-13-14, 07:35 PM
Way to f'n go, sarah!!!!! :D

Mad props to ya', for real. That s** isn't easy to maintain.

willow129
12-13-14, 08:19 PM
That's awesome!! Very impressive Sarah :D **hugs**

sushigirl
12-13-14, 08:39 PM
That is huge! Congratulations!!

daveddd
12-13-14, 09:31 PM
Good job

Any special techniques programs or just willpower?

Wowwowwow
12-13-14, 09:44 PM
well done!

namazu
12-13-14, 09:59 PM
:yes: Mazal tov!

May you reach many further milestones in the future, and continue to feel great!

stef
12-14-14, 03:49 AM
Congratulations!!!!

dvdnvwls
12-14-14, 05:30 AM
Congratulations, Sarah. You are (again) a shining example worth following.

Fuzzy12
12-14-14, 06:06 AM
Congrats sarah :grouphug:

someothertime
12-14-14, 08:36 AM
well done Sarah! :)

Little Missy
12-14-14, 08:41 AM
:yes: Glad you are happy within your new self.

Stevuke79
12-14-14, 10:42 AM
Congratulations!

psychopathetic
12-14-14, 11:09 AM
Awww! That is SO awesome!!

(((((((Sarah)))))))

Mustang78
12-15-14, 12:27 AM
:yes:

Wrenchman
12-15-14, 01:34 AM
That is wonderful !!! Congratulations!!!!!!

Rebelyell
12-15-14, 11:19 AM
Congrats keep up the good work! I don't know if I was in your shoes if I'd be able to stay sober because I don't think it's as easy as people think it is . definitely no small feat.

michaelaisabell
12-15-14, 04:28 PM
Congrats!!!!

Peachy87
12-15-14, 05:35 PM
Congratulations Sarah, that's awesome. I'm going on 6 months, & most days I'm perfectly fine, then those days that I may be feeling down or overwhelmed, I crave the way I used to feel. But ultimately know the consequences outweigh the benefits. :)

Peachy87
12-15-14, 05:38 PM
Congrats keep up the good work! I don't know if I was in your shoes if I'd be able to stay sober because I don't think it's as easy as people think it is . definitely no small feat.

You are so right on this Rebel. It's something YOU personally have to want, and it's an everyday commitment. It is DEFINITELY no small feat. And unless people have experienced it themselves, they don't understand.

sarahsweets
12-23-14, 05:41 AM
I actually go to AA. I was totally against it years ago because of the relgious aspect but I've come to learn that I CAN ignore what doesn't work and take what I need. I was surprised to find so many agnostic people and atheists in the program. They taught me the being spiritual is not the same as being religious. Whatever the reason it saved my as+and its working for me. I'm not some cult following AA pusher either. People need to come to terms with their own addiction and do you what works for them. I had a dear friend call me up when I was in the thick of it and support me in telling my family I relapsed and reassure me that I wasn't a horrible person. The next day was day 1 of sobriety. Having a person be your cheerleader makes a huge difference.

Good job

Any special techniques programs or just willpower?

daveddd
12-25-14, 02:56 PM
I actually go to AA. I was totally against it years ago because of the relgious aspect but I've come to learn that I CAN ignore what doesn't work and take what I need. I was surprised to find so many agnostic people and atheists in the program. They taught me the being spiritual is not the same as being religious. Whatever the reason it saved my as+and its working for me. I'm not some cult following AA pusher either. People need to come to terms with their own addiction and do you what works for them. I had a dear friend call me up when I was in the thick of it and support me in telling my family I relapsed and reassure me that I wasn't a horrible person. The next day was day 1 of sobriety. Having a person be your cheerleader makes a huge difference.



awesome

i was court ordered to AA for 5 years, definitely saw its value

and was able to put together why it works

a lot of people have a bad view of it here, and its completely unfounded


lots of great people there

finallyfound10
01-10-15, 02:10 PM
:yes::yes::yes::yes::yes::yes::yes::yes::yes::yes: :yes::yes::yes::yes:

Congrats, Sarah!!!

Raye
01-16-15, 05:40 AM
congrats, you know I'm
proud of you !! ;)

TheRealMonty
02-04-15, 03:49 AM
Hi guys, I just need some advice.

Iím wondering if group therapy really helps, like AA meetings. Iíve been searching on the internet this past few weeks if AA meetings can help me with my addiction, reading some people testimonies and soaring high percentage of getting clean off to alcohol. My friend suggested about drug addiction center washington (http://addictiontreatmentcare.com/treatment-recovery-rehab/) programs, but Iím still doubting if this really works. Iíve been alcoholic for almost 8 years and I want to recover now, but I donít know where to start or where to go. Honestly, I donít have any idea about treatment plans, so Iím looking forward that I can get some help from you guys, if you can give me some advice or suggest some alternative ways, it will really be a big help. Your response and advice will really be appreciated.

InvitroCanibal
02-05-15, 03:22 AM
Hi guys, I just need some advice.

I’m wondering if group therapy really helps, like AA meetings. I’ve been searching on the internet this past few weeks if AA meetings can help me with my addiction, reading some people testimonies and soaring high percentage of getting clean off to alcohol. My friend suggested about drug addiction center washington (http://addictiontreatmentcare.com/treatment-recovery-rehab/) programs, but I’m still doubting if this really works. I’ve been alcoholic for almost 8 years and I want to recover now, but I don’t know where to start or where to go. Honestly, I don’t have any idea about treatment plans, so I’m looking forward that I can get some help from you guys, if you can give me some advice or suggest some alternative ways, it will really be a big help. Your response and advice will really be appreciated.

There are usually non profit organizations that offer substance disorder treatment. You probably would want to go to a group with people dealing with the same or very similar issues because it allows you to understand what brought you to the substance and why.

The main element of why group therapy and AA programs work is that they revolve around identifying the habits that brought you there. Not just the substance disorder itself as that tends to be a symptom of something else in most cases.

After you identify the maladaptive habits, only then can you change it which is no easy feat. This is where usually the step programs come into play. They break down recovery into multiple fragments so it doesnt feel so overwhelming.

The next aspect of why it works is accountability and support. You have people that care if you are sober or not sober. This may be a first for your life. The team mindedness of the whole thing is probably the strongest aspect of group recovery programs.

Accountability and significance is important to changing any habit. By the end of it, you make more friends and you find yourself less alone.

This model of treatment is very successful when the individual is motivated and no one forced it upon them. You get back what you put into it and it helps you build a sense of pride in your recovery when before there might have been only shame.

I know the innerworkings of the clinical models because I work as a peer specialist so that is where my information is coming from.

To further answer your question in finding these groups and programs, you would want to try a simple internet search and then you will have to call around. It's a very large network and there are actually many of these groups around.

My suggestion, since they are all connected is to call one that may or may not be a fit for you like AA and then ask if they can refer you to the appropriate program you need. In this line of work everyone carries a large list of resources and programs throughout the community so if you find one you can essentially find them all.

Good luck to you and best wishes

salleh
02-05-15, 10:01 AM
......2nd post I have answered in the past month ......( went through the ultimate none out) and as I went down through the list of new posts, I saw this ....and oh well done Sarah ! ...

.....I have a similar thing going with not smoking, though still vaping, about 2 years 9 months without going near a reg. cig .....but what I have done was easy as pie with the e cig to help .....but I know without the e cig, I wouldn't have managed to quit smoking...

...You, my old friend, are dealing with something much more difficult ....so kudos to you Sarah ....hope your marvelous family is doing well too !

TheRealMonty
02-12-15, 05:48 AM
There are usually non profit organizations that offer substance disorder treatment. You probably would want to go to a group with people dealing with the same or very similar issues because it allows you to understand what brought you to the substance and why.

The main element of why group therapy and AA programs work is that they revolve around identifying the habits that brought you there. Not just the substance disorder itself as that tends to be a symptom of something else in most cases.

After you identify the maladaptive habits, only then can you change it which is no easy feat. This is where usually the step programs come into play. They break down recovery into multiple fragments so it doesnt feel so overwhelming.

The next aspect of why it works is accountability and support. You have people that care if you are sober or not sober. This may be a first for your life. The team mindedness of the whole thing is probably the strongest aspect of group recovery programs.

Accountability and significance is important to changing any habit. By the end of it, you make more friends and you find yourself less alone.

This model of treatment is very successful when the individual is motivated and no one forced it upon them. You get back what you put into it and it helps you build a sense of pride in your recovery when before there might have been only shame.

I know the innerworkings of the clinical models because I work as a peer specialist so that is where my information is coming from.

To further answer your question in finding these groups and programs, you would want to try a simple internet search and then you will have to call around. It's a very large network and there are actually many of these groups around.

My suggestion, since they are all connected is to call one that may or may not be a fit for you like AA and then ask if they can refer you to the appropriate program you need. In this line of work everyone carries a large list of resources and programs throughout the community so if you find one you can essentially find them all.

Good luck to you and best wishes

Thanks for the reply InvitroCanibal, I really appreciate it.
You're right about group of people dealing with the same or very similar issues, they really understand what I'm dealing with. I'm going through AA meetings and planning to go through treatment programs. I think I'm doing well but have some difficulties at first.
Thanks for your thoughts and suggestion. People here do really listen and help. Best wishes to all of us. :)