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(10,237 posts)
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 08:07 AM Jan 2014

Just a personal note before I dash out the door.

Yesterday was the 24th anniversary of my sobriety. No congrats needed...I'd only like to say one thing.

If you are struggling with addiction, than you CAN get HERE from THERE!


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Just a personal note before I dash out the door. (Original Post) MarianJack Jan 2014 OP
Congratulations! B Calm Jan 2014 #1
If I hadn't sobered up,... MarianJack Jan 2014 #15
Well done! FailureToCommunicate Jan 2014 #2
Beautiful quote...Thanks! MarianJack Jan 2014 #16
Yay! That's a huge deal - and worth celebrating with a big high five and cheer! tomm2thumbs Jan 2014 #3
Thanks! MarianJack Jan 2014 #17
Conga rats! riqster Jan 2014 #4
Great cartoon...thanx! MarianJack Jan 2014 #18
Congratulations and thanks for encouraging others, too. merrily Jan 2014 #5
Thanks! MarianJack Jan 2014 #19
Good on ya! Scuba Jan 2014 #6
THANK YOU! MarianJack Jan 2014 #20
I am sure Bill W SCVDem Jan 2014 #7
If so, I hpope Dr. Bob, too! MarianJack Jan 2014 #22
You know it! SCVDem Jan 2014 #28
I've never cried on cake in my life! MarianJack Jan 2014 #40
I have! nm SCVDem Jan 2014 #49
Congrats! CFLDem Jan 2014 #8
Thanx! MarianJack Jan 2014 #23
congratulations niyad Jan 2014 #9
Thanks! MarianJack Jan 2014 #24
Congratulations MarianJack sharp_stick Jan 2014 #10
GOOD for your dad! MarianJack Jan 2014 #25
Sobriety totally rocks! Well done, you. TygrBright Jan 2014 #11
Not always easy days, but... MarianJack Jan 2014 #27
Congrats! Lil Missy Jan 2014 #12
Thanx! MarianJack Jan 2014 #29
OH YEAH!!!! calimary Jan 2014 #13
Thank you, calimary! MarianJack Jan 2014 #30
This IS a big deal! Phentex Jan 2014 #14
My first 3 years sober were... MarianJack Jan 2014 #32
Nice going Marian, nice going nadinbrzezinski Jan 2014 #21
THANK YOU! MarianJack Jan 2014 #26
Happy 24th birthday! libodem Jan 2014 #31
Thanx! MarianJack Jan 2014 #33
Happy Happy Birthday, MarionJack! countryjake Jan 2014 #34
Good for him! MarianJack Jan 2014 #35
Well done indeed. nolabear Jan 2014 #36
Thanks! MarianJack Jan 2014 #38
Happy Birthday! Warpy Jan 2014 #37
Thank you...well said! MarianJack Jan 2014 #39
My youngest child has been struggling with addiction for over a year etherealtruth Jan 2014 #41
Let me also give you and he my best wishes. MarianJack Jan 2014 #42
Thank you! n/t etherealtruth Jan 2014 #43
My son also (he's 23) Freddie Jan 2014 #52
My son .... etherealtruth Jan 2014 #54
Happy Birthday senseandsensibility Jan 2014 #44
Congratulations! herding cats Jan 2014 #45
561 days, 20 hrs, 52 mins. libnnc Jan 2014 #46
Congrats. 840high Jan 2014 #57
friggin' awesome Skittles Jan 2014 #47
Well then... Glassunion Jan 2014 #48
Bless your heart/hearts MarianJack! Cha Jan 2014 #50
happy anniversary Liberal_in_LA Jan 2014 #51
Congratulations MJ! ScreamingMeemie Jan 2014 #53
Happy anniversary! Hekate Jan 2014 #55
Congratulations - well deserved. 840high Jan 2014 #56
Congratulations! Fearless Jan 2014 #58
Congratulations!! 3Stones Jan 2014 #59
Here's to one more day! Recursion Jan 2014 #60
I have witnessed it a few times. Live and Learn Jan 2014 #61
Woohoo! pnwmom Jan 2014 #62
5,958 days today joshdawg Jan 2014 #63
Congratulations! LeftishBrit Jan 2014 #64
Congratulations! MadrasT Jan 2014 #65

B Calm

(28,762 posts)
1. Congratulations!
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 08:15 AM
Jan 2014

The only addiction I ever had was tobacco, but alcohol is what broke up my mom and dad's marriage.


(13,297 posts)
3. Yay! That's a huge deal - and worth celebrating with a big high five and cheer!
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 08:45 AM
Jan 2014

Consider the Congrats needed! Congratulations!!!!


(20,841 posts)
11. Sobriety totally rocks! Well done, you.
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 10:38 AM
Jan 2014

Saying "no more" to whatever you're addicted to isn't the end: It's a beginning.

Twenty-four years of living-- one day at a time.




(82,552 posts)
13. OH YEAH!!!!
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 10:41 AM
Jan 2014


Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, MarianJack! That is a WUNNNNNderful accomplishment!


(16,346 posts)
14. This IS a big deal!
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 10:46 AM
Jan 2014

I've got a friend who just made it 9 months and it's been damn difficult.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Not needed but deserved!


(8,554 posts)
34. Happy Happy Birthday, MarionJack!
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 04:08 PM
Jan 2014

Fantastic message of inspiration!

My man celebrated his twentieth year and said it was finally an exhilarating feeling, to look back at where he'd come from.


(112,168 posts)
37. Happy Birthday!
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 04:16 PM
Jan 2014

Kicking any addiction is a huge deal. The good news is that it's possible. The bad news is that it's necessary if you want a reasonable life.


(22,165 posts)
41. My youngest child has been struggling with addiction for over a year
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 08:01 PM
Jan 2014

(he's almost 18) ... you give me hope!


(9,385 posts)
52. My son also (he's 23)
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 09:43 PM
Jan 2014

Opiates. 1st time at rehab (2010) didn't take but so far, so good this time. He'll be clean 1 year on Feb. 9. Had to drop out of college in his senior year, plans on finishing in the fall.
Hang in there. Professional help made all the difference but also just plain growing up. Interesting that 75% of the patients at the rehab were male, mostly young.


(22,165 posts)
54. My son ....
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 10:10 PM
Jan 2014

...Spent 6 weeks in an out of state rehab this summer (lots of young male adolescents ).... it was a terrific place in Illinois. He was in outpatient treatment for about a year (6 months before inpatient and ~ 6 months after inpatient), but decided it was no longer helping. I don't think he is currently drinking or smoking, but ....

This is the scariest damned thing ever!

Congratulations to your son on his year sober .... watching my kid .... I can see how hard it is and how hard your son must have struggled ... a year clean, is a year clean. He deserves a lot of credit!

On edit: I forgot to thank you for sharing ... as you know, there is some comfort knowing one is not "alone" as they confront this.


(18,374 posts)
44. Happy Birthday
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 08:42 PM
Jan 2014

Last edited Thu Jan 16, 2014, 08:25 PM - Edit history (1)

as they say in the program. I don't know if you attend AA, but it has helped many people close to me. I know how difficult overcoming addiction can be. Congratulations!

herding cats

(19,577 posts)
45. Congratulations!
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 08:46 PM
Jan 2014

I know you didn't want to be congratulated, but that's no small feat you've accomplished, so deal with it.


(10,201 posts)
48. Well then...
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 09:10 PM
Jan 2014

No congratulations to you. In fact I'd like to personally not congratulate you on your awesome and inspiring achievement.


(68,918 posts)
53. Congratulations MJ!
Wed Jan 15, 2014, 09:45 PM
Jan 2014

Yes, you deserve them. That is a journey we watched my father-in-law begin over and over again. It is a tough trail... you indeed deserve congrats.


(85 posts)
59. Congratulations!!
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 02:26 AM
Jan 2014

Alcohol killed my mother. She was 26 years old when she left a bar and on her way to a friends house she fell down, hit her head and was knocked out. She froze in the snow.

Live and Learn

(12,769 posts)
61. I have witnessed it a few times.
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 04:00 AM
Jan 2014

People can make it. I wish there was more help out there for them.

24 years, woohoo and wtg!


(109,196 posts)
62. Woohoo!
Thu Jan 16, 2014, 05:08 AM
Jan 2014

My most beloved uncle modeled this for our whole family. We all know how much pain addiction can bring -- and how it can be overcome.

I salute you.

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