# General Discussion

Related: Editorials & Other Articles, Issue Forums, Alliance Forums, Region Forums# 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!

PEACE!

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#### B Calm

(28,762 posts)The only addiction I ever had was tobacco, but alcohol is what broke up my mom and dad's marriage.

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)...I'd have died soon.

PEACE!

#### FailureToCommunicate

(14,138 posts)#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### tomm2thumbs

(13,297 posts)Consider the Congrats needed! Congratulations!!!!

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### riqster

(13,986 posts)Maybe not needed, but deserved.

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### merrily

(45,251 posts)#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### Scuba

(53,475 posts)#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### SCVDem

(5,103 posts)is smiling at you!

Onr day at a time!

Happy Birthday To You!

Thanks for sharing!

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)Thanks!

PEACE!

#### SCVDem

(5,103 posts)Try not to cry on your cake!

Yeah right!

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### SCVDem

(5,103 posts)#### CFLDem

(2,083 posts)PEACE!

#### niyad

(116,043 posts)PEACE!

#### sharp_stick

(14,400 posts)my Dad is up to 12 years this spring and I'm proud as hell of him too.

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### TygrBright

(20,841 posts)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.

Congrats!

happily,

Bright

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)...TOTALLY worth it!

PEACE!

#### Lil Missy

(17,865 posts)#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### calimary

(82,552 posts)FANTASTIC!!!!!

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

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)Totally worth it!

PEACE!

#### Phentex

(16,346 posts)I've got a friend who just made it 9 months and it's been damn difficult.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Not needed but deserved!

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)...harder than my last 10 drunk...but WORTH IT!

PEACE!

#### nadinbrzezinski

(154,021 posts)#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### libodem

(19,288 posts)#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### countryjake

(8,554 posts)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.

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### nolabear

(42,217 posts)#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### Warpy

(112,168 posts)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.

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)PEACE!

#### etherealtruth

(22,165 posts)(he's almost 18) ... you give me hope!

#### MarianJack

(10,237 posts)I started drinking at 13.

PEACE!

#### etherealtruth

(22,165 posts)#### Freddie

(9,385 posts)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.

#### etherealtruth

(22,165 posts)...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.

#### senseandsensibility

(18,374 posts)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)I know you didn't want to be congratulated, but that's no small feat you've accomplished, so deal with it.

#### libnnc

(9,996 posts)For me.

Feels fanfreakingtastic.

Big love to you!

#### 840high

(17,196 posts)#### Skittles

(154,702 posts)#### Glassunion

(10,201 posts)No congratulations to you. In fact I'd like to personally not congratulate you on your awesome and inspiring achievement.

#### Cha

(300,544 posts)#### Liberal_in_LA

(44,397 posts)#### ScreamingMeemie

(68,918 posts)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.

#### Hekate

(92,385 posts)#### 840high

(17,196 posts)#### Fearless

(18,447 posts)#### 3Stones

(85 posts)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.

#### Recursion

(56,582 posts)#### Live and Learn

(12,769 posts)People can make it. I wish there was more help out there for them.

24 years, woohoo and wtg!

#### pnwmom

(109,196 posts)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.

#### joshdawg

(2,682 posts)and counting.

Congratulations!