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Sobriety

Hi there! I just had to share this...I've got 7 years off alcohol and about 10 or more off meth and crack. I hope I won't get judged for it cause it is the past. I'm just so happy to now have 7 years sober on May 15, 2018!!! YEAH!!!😎😀😊 Anyone else out there who used to use drugs or alcohol to cope with mental health issues? Id love to hear anyone who can relate!! Just had to share cause I'm proud of,being sober!! So much happier these days!! I would love to hear anyone's experience with addictions. They told me its called dual diagnosis. Anyhoo if you can relate please send me a message privately if you want. To be anonymous if that would help. Please help cause I feel alone dealing with both ex addiction and mental health issues. Thanks in advice!!!!😎😀😎😀😊

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Thanks for sharing and a massive well done.

I understand how so so difficult this can be to achieve.

I wanted to say I’m so pleased for you x

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Oh big thank you! It was near impossible to quit. I prayed and cried out to God please make me stop! Drinking was my main problem. God got me sober I didn't. Thank you God!! Huge thanks Olivia! Means so much to me!!!

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I know it is difficult as I have watched others try so hard to kick it...

A massive achievement !

Sharing your achievements helps others too.

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Yes I hope to relate to others to share one another'. Experience. Thanks

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Sooooooo good!!! I can hear your joy in your voice and I’m so happy for you. Continue to positively influence others and share your story. You are powerful!!

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Yea!! I'm happy. Thanks for the kind words! Means a lot. That's what,I want is to just help someone if I can! Have a really great night! 😀😀

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congratulations on your 7 years sober and 10 clean....oh yes....we have many here who are in recovery, but it seems to be kind of on the 'down low' for some reason...I am open to discussion because I am proud too of my sobriety and being clean...my drugs of choice were smoking for a few years and cocaine for many years...and I drank wine and cognac for even longer.....I have a couple of decades of sobriety and decades clean and smoking free. So heck yeah...I would not be writing this now if i was still drinking and using...and anyone who judged you would have to get behind a long line of other members here who are also in sobriety, or support those of us who are.

I just think because everyone really just wants to talk about the mental health issues, sobriety kinda gets swept under the table...and the reality is, many members do self medicate....but the main thing to remember for everyone is...nobody has the right to judge anyone. I don't. It's a choice not to drink and use...and some recovery groups frown on even taking an aspirin...even though if your a follower of Bill W....even in the B book...if you needs meds for mental issues....take them.

When I first started recovery....I was not allowed to say I was 'An addict and Alcoholic' in most meetings. I had to go to two separate meetings and never the twain shall meet. I also was shunned talking about going to therapy...told it was just all 'PsycoBabble', and as long as I didn't drink...nothing else mattered. Well I'm here to tell you it's BS...then ACOA came along with every flavor of the month 12 step group. But the reality of it was for me...I self medicated because of nature and nurture ....I was sick...emotionally and mentally....and I just didn't want to feel anything or think about anything.

I have been in years of recovery and therapy...and am better....much better for it.

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Wow thank you and yea huge CONGRATS on quitting everything. That's so cool. Proud of you. Gotta be strong to not fall back into addiction. Its been really easy staying sober. Sometimes I think about drugs or drinking when stressed,out. That's why I can't stop smoking. It helps when having anxiety or just plain bored. I hated the fact that I was using my addiction to cover up feeling depressed and had no idea I was dealing with bipolar2. Finally got diagnosed years back. Thank so much,for your awesome message!!

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stinkin thinkin is that old devil addiction whispering in your ear....there's an easy way out...take it....then our sober brain kicks in ....I just have to remember my last day using and no problem....the thoughts quickly leave me. And as far as smoking goes...it's seven times more addictive than heroin...so anyone who thinks that's an easy fix....good luck with that. I quick smoking first....lucky I guess.... You just do what you need to do for now...you have a lot on your plate too in this life and your doing just fine right now....keep it up sista!

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I'm not having a hard time being sober I just feel so awful trying to quit the smoking!! I totally agree with you on how addicting nicotine is. Thanks for the kind words. It helps😀😀😊😎

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Yes stinkin thinkin!!! What I hate the most is when I have a dream and see myself drunk I wake up and freak out cause it feels so real. Thank,God it was a dream!

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yeah...I've had them too....thankfully we wake up from just a dream not with a hang over.

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Congratulations! You should be proud of yourself, it's a huge accomplishment. I'm proud of you too. 😊

As far as judging people goes, we all have our issues and people should be addressing those instead of criticizing others. From my experience on here, I haven't seen that. Only caring people who want to be better and help others through their struggles.

Wishing you a peaceful day...take care. 🌹

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Thanks so much!!! I've only experienced very sweet, caring and supportive ppl on here too. That's why I love this site. Its the best. Thanks for the,kind words😎😀

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Congratulations! :) That's fantastic! You should be very proud of yourself :) It's not an easy thing trying to overcome addiction!

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Oh thank you so much. Its tough but after all these years it doesn't even bother me anymore! Thankfully!!!#

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That is fantastic Kacey!! Congratulations!! After those huge accomplishments, nothing should stop you from reaching your goals, like getting out for walks, getting your CNA certificate and helping others.

I know it's not easy, I say the same thing to myself that after going through so much with my kidney's and all I've had to do on my own, that NOTHING should get in my way and I'm not going to let ANYONE get to me because I know how strong I've been and will have to be still.

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Thank you Leigh that's very kind of you to say those nice things! Hugs my friend😀 BDD is just something ill never conquer. Had to go to DMV and wells Fargo this morning and I was freaking out cause I can't take looking so horrible. Everyone was giving me such dirty looks I just wanted to get home and die. I cannot take life like this anymore! It kills me emotionally everyday and I wish I'd just die cause I can't take life being stressed out cause of others judging me constantly! On here its nice cause no one judges us. Your a very strong person absolutely especially cause of fighting an illness. Keep ya in my daily prayers ok my friend!!! Enjoy,the rest of today😀☺😊😎

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Thank you Kacey! You're stronger than you think you are! Consider how strong you are to have kicked your addictions!!

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You.are.Awesome.

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Thanks starrlight!! Your more awesome😎😎

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Thanks so much for sharing. Wow! Such an immensely great job! Congratulations! I’ve been getting clean off of benzodiazepines and it has been really difficult. I am also off painkillers and it has been really rough. My hat is off to anyone who can be overcome addiction. You are a hero. I also have mental health issues as well. I have bipolar depression and anxiety and panic disorder. Your story is very encouraging and thank you for being so open about it. Congratulations.

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Wow how nice of you to say those nice things!! Ilk keep you in my prayers that you'll be able to quit too. Its really tough but you can do it. I know you can. I had to stop klonopin cause I was snorting them. 30 day supply was gone in just a couple of days. I know how difficult it is having bipolar with addiction. I'm bipolar2. Have horrible depression. Panic disorder, ADHD and body dismorphic disorder. Its taking over my life. Its soooo hard to leave my condo!! So life is beyond hard but we can fight our way thru it!!! Some days are better than others. Definitely no hero but I had to quit or I was looking at prison if I kept drinking. Thanks so much for the sweet message! Your awesome!!! I'm here if ya need help getting thru tough times ok.

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