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“</liberalism>”

Since: Jun 07

The United States of America!

#1 Aug 18, 2007
This thread is intended to carry the message of 'Recovery' to those out there seeking help with drugs/alcohol addiction.

You can share your story of recovery to show those seeking help that it is Possible!

Or if you are seeking recovery, tell us your story and we will share with you what we have learned through recovery. We will not judge you or belittle you and expect you will be respectful of us as well.

My name is Connie, I am 22 years clean and sober. I will answer your questions if you want to know more.

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papetermann

South Bend, IN

#4 Aug 18, 2007
Exrea wrote:
This thread is intended to carry the message of 'Recovery' to those out there seeking help with drugs/alcohol addiction.
You can share your story of recovery to show those seeking help that it is Possible!
Or if you are seeking recovery, tell us your story and we will share with you what we have learned through recovery. We will not judge you or belittle you and expect you will be respectful of us as well.
My name is Connie, I am 22 years clean and sober. I will answer your questions if you want to know more.
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Congratulations Connie.

“Hidee ho peoples”

Since: Jul 07

right here

#6 Aug 18, 2007
Hi, my name is Dave.
I am 25 years clean and sober. I started drinking at age 16. By the time I graduated high school, I was into serious drug use. I walked away from it at 24. In between those years, I found myself face down in dirt, in someone's yard that I didn't know and in my car, parked somewhere without knowledge of how I got there. I had done just about every drug known at the time. It was a battle, but I recovered. So can you. If I can help, let me know.
Otter de Saranac

New York, NY

#7 Aug 18, 2007
Though AA developed the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions - other programs use them to great purpose - NA for example where I have 14 years Clean and Serene. Any Program that uses the 12&12 is worth looking into.

“Hidee ho peoples”

Since: Jul 07

right here

#8 Aug 18, 2007
Otter de Saranac wrote:
Though AA developed the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions - other programs use them to great purpose - NA for example where I have 14 years Clean and Serene. Any Program that uses the 12&12 is worth looking into.
I actually did not go through a "program". I had a very short, one sided argument with about 20 of LA counties finest. While I sat in jail that night, I asked Christ into my life. While there were some struggles in those early times of recovery, I have never really looked back with a desire to abuse drugs and alcohol. I know some of you will have a problem with that, and that's fine. It works for me.

Since: Mar 07

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#9 Aug 18, 2007
13 years clean and drug free. I walked into a rehab at 16, and got clean. After spending quite a while there I walked out and swore I would never touch it again...cocaine was my drug of choice, although I would do almost anything you put in front of me. I am one of those that does have good days with my recovery and bad days. But I don't regret cleaning up, and hope that I never go back. My hubby does know about it and has been a wonderful inspiration, as well as my children. NA is a wonderful program as well, especially when its a bad day.

“Rainbow: God's covenant ”

Since: May 07

Palm Harbor, FL

#10 Aug 18, 2007
Don't know if this is what you are looking for. But I had an addiction to porn. After I said yes to Jesus a few years back, I got rid of all the dirty mags! Glory to the King of Kings! He will set anyone free! Thank you Jesus!

“</liberalism>”

Since: Jun 07

The United States of America!

#11 Aug 18, 2007
Thank you everyone & welcome!

This is a little more detail of my recovery...

I was raised in a Christian home. Very strict in what the church taught, I rebelled. My drug of choice was POT. I didn't go anywhere without it. Including work, where if caught I could have been immediately terminated. I worked in a medical company that produced surgery kits. My job was in the lock up dept. where they kept the syringes, needles, drugs and small items needed for surgery. Funny eh? Anyway, I hit bottom after getting drunk on my birthday and wrecking my car on the way home. All this time I denied that 'I' was the problem. I blamed it on my ex. Finally, found an NA group at a restaurant I stopped at after work each day. I watched them for weeks before I finally spoke to one of them. Whatever they had I wanted. You could see the care they had for each other and it was genuine. They sent me to Adult Children of Alcoholics. I could not accept the 12 steps via 'God' so I opted for a 'Higher Power'. That worked for me until I realized it was Jesus who had been with me all along. He helped me through the 12 steps and I have relied upon Him ever since. This is a very brief summary of my recovery...

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“Hidee ho peoples”

Since: Jul 07

right here

#12 Aug 18, 2007
Chris Clearwater wrote:
Don't know if this is what you are looking for. But I had an addiction to porn. After I said yes to Jesus a few years back, I got rid of all the dirty mags! Glory to the King of Kings! He will set anyone free! Thank you Jesus!
Chris, addiction is addiction. Sexual addiction is also very difficult. Glad to hear of your recovery as well.
jakkman

United States

#13 Aug 18, 2007
17 yrs sober - 2 90mph+ car accidents - both times I asked God to save me as the crashes where happening and both times he delivered me and others involved. The bottom line is you have to be SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED. Most times it takes all sorts of misery to get there. Wrecked cars, relationships, jobs, opportunities, eventually if the drugs of choice don't kill you then you will be sick and tired of it and will quit. Let's face it, we alcoholics are our own worst enemy. We get ourselves in trouble with it. I hope any reading this can learn that they only have to live one day at a time, don't carry your luggage from the past around, it's done don't repeat it and this is a good day of repentance toward forgiveness. Don't sweat the future, only know if you can stop drinking today - YOUR FUTURE WILL BE BRIGHTER. Best of luck and blessings to all trying to stop. Hope God protects you till your ready and long after......

“Rainbow: God's covenant ”

Since: May 07

Palm Harbor, FL

#14 Aug 18, 2007
Exrea wrote:
Thank you everyone & welcome!
This is a little more detail of my recovery...
I was raised in a Christian home. Very strict in what the church taught, I rebelled. My drug of choice was POT. I didn't go anywhere without it. Including work, where if caught I could have been immediately terminated. I worked in a medical company that produced surgery kits. My job was in the lock up dept. where they kept the syringes, needles, drugs and small items needed for surgery. Funny eh? Anyway, I hit bottom after getting drunk on my birthday and wrecking my car on the way home. All this time I denied that 'I' was the problem. I blamed it on my ex. Finally, found an NA group at a restaurant I stopped at after work each day. I watched them for weeks before I finally spoke to one of them. Whatever they had I wanted. You could see the care they had for each other and it was genuine. They sent me to Adult Children of Alcoholics. I could not accept the 12 steps via 'God' so I opted for a 'Higher Power'. That worked for me until I realized it was Jesus who had been with me all along. He helped me through the 12 steps and I have relied upon Him ever since. This is a very brief summary of my recovery...
</drugs/alcohol>
God bless you! Thank God we hit bottom now have a new life! It is funny, God can take something bad and turn it into good.

“Hidee ho peoples”

Since: Jul 07

right here

#15 Aug 18, 2007
Straight Up wrote:
13 years clean and drug free. I walked into a rehab at 16, and got clean. After spending quite a while there I walked out and swore I would never touch it again...cocaine was my drug of choice, although I would do almost anything you put in front of me. I am one of those that does have good days with my recovery and bad days. But I don't regret cleaning up, and hope that I never go back. My hubby does know about it and has been a wonderful inspiration, as well as my children. NA is a wonderful program as well, especially when its a bad day.
Congratulations on 13 years of being sober!
Otter de Saranac

New York, NY

#16 Aug 18, 2007
Caldave wrote:
<quoted text> I actually did not go through a "program". I had a very short, one sided argument with about 20 of LA counties finest. While I sat in jail that night, I asked Christ into my life. While there were some struggles in those early times of recovery, I have never really looked back with a desire to abuse drugs and alcohol. I know some of you will have a problem with that, and that's fine. It works for me.
Religion and secular alternatives also work. The path to recovery is up to the individual. abstinence is staying off drugs, recovery is when you repair the Spiritual damage done by addiction. My opinion anyways. It matters not the path - only the end result.
Otter de Saranac

New York, NY

#17 Aug 18, 2007
Congrats to all for all periods of abstinence from 1 day to death in Recovery.

“</liberalism>”

Since: Jun 07

The United States of America!

#18 Aug 18, 2007
So, I'll ask...How or what brought all of you to recovery?(not the thread, I'm talking real life)

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“Hidee ho peoples”

Since: Jul 07

right here

#19 Aug 18, 2007
Anybody remember black beauties? I used to break them open and snort the chemicals inside. I must have had a death wish.
Anyway. Congratulations on all of your recoveries and your ability to discuss them. Sometimes, for me, it's as hard to recount those days as it was to go through them. Of course I was pretty numb back then. Jesus is the rock upon which I now stand.

“Hidee ho peoples”

Since: Jul 07

right here

#20 Aug 18, 2007
Otter de Saranac wrote:
<quoted text>Religion and secular alternatives also work. The path to recovery is up to the individual. abstinence is staying off drugs, recovery is when you repair the Spiritual damage done by addiction. My opinion anyways. It matters not the path - only the end result.
I can only state what works for me. I would never discount anything that works. When it comes to addiction, find what works and go with it. Jesus works for me.
Otter de Saranac

New York, NY

#21 Aug 18, 2007
Exrea wrote:
So, I'll ask...How or what brought all of you to recovery?(not the thread, I'm talking real life)
</addiction>
Having reached a bottom I prayed to God for a way out of the cycle of focusing my whole life on drugs and finding more to actually do less of what I needed it to do. God answered my prayer and I found my way into a 12 step program - which is what worked for me. After 14 years I still do plenty of service for that program.
Otter de Saranac

New York, NY

#22 Aug 18, 2007
Caldave wrote:
Anybody remember black beauties? I used to break them open and snort the chemicals inside. I must have had a death wish.
Anyway. Congratulations on all of your recoveries and your ability to discuss them. Sometimes, for me, it's as hard to recount those days as it was to go through them. Of course I was pretty numb back then. Jesus is the rock upon which I now stand.
Lol, yes we(my friends and I) used to take them so we could drink and not feel the effects of the Alcohol, how's that for Addict thinking - lol.

“Hidee ho peoples”

Since: Jul 07

right here

#23 Aug 18, 2007
Exrea wrote:
So, I'll ask...How or what brought all of you to recovery?(not the thread, I'm talking real life)
</addiction>
I knew I had a problem, but seemed powerless to conquer it. I sat in jail that night looking back over my life, realizing the dreams I had as a kid had been taken away by my addictions. I looked forward to where I was going and only saw an early grave. Christ wasn't any part of my life at the time. In fact, I used to mock and criticize Christians. That night I felt His presence and started the surrender process.

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