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Sober life. - October 31st 2013, 02:22 AM

Wow...hey...it's been awhile!!!

Hello, I am Briana and I am an Alcoholic.

I use to be on this website a year ago (active). Once in awhile, I return to see what is new. Recently, I have entered recovery of alcoholism and addiction. I first started my journey when I found a 'fag' note on my computer at work. My friend introduced me to AA (alcoholics anonymous) and I had a good 4 months under my belt. Unfortunately, because I didn't work the program and steps or have a sponsor or a good chunk of recovery, I relapsed recently. BUT, a good AA friend, named Nick, invited me to go hear him speak at a meeting. He talked about his life and how he entered recovery. I was so inspired that it brought me back to the program, stronger than ever. He introduced me to my sponsor and several good sober friends.

Now, I work the program. I have admitted to myself and others that I am powerless over alcohol. I was drinking heavily. There was no such thing as one drink at a time. I would buy a 6 pack and it would be all gone within 2 hours. I use to steal my mom's vodka at night time, drink until I felt nothing then fill the bottle back up with water, until I turned legal age to buy my own. I kept my room heavily stocked with hidden alcohol. Always had rum handy. It had gotten to the point where I was taking swishes of alcohol in the morning before going into work, just to be okay. I stock piled my pain killers from past surgeries and if I needed a mood lifter, I would take a pill.

Luckily, I gave all those pills to my friend and no longer have those. I can tell you, the first month of sobriety is the hardest and the ultimate test. You have to want a sober life, to accomplish it.

But, I am living proof, that it is possible to be okay again. I am now on Ativan and Effexor for my anxiety and depression. I am living a sober life. And, to be honest life is so much happier and clearer without any alcohol. I love my life and I love my sponsor and family (plus I get along better with them) and my AA support team and friends.

Things do get better, once you take action and admit that you need help.

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Re: Sober life. - October 31st 2013, 02:33 AM

You are doing SO well. Sometimes I see your statuses on Facebook and always feel so happy for you. I know you'll continue to do well and stay sober, you're doing awesome.

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Re: Sober life. - November 7th 2013, 02:47 PM

Hi, you are doing an amazing job at recovery! Please keep it up, you're too much a wonderful person with so much potential to throw it away over alcohol. You can keep doing, be strong; be fearless. You can do this, Briana.

If you ever feel like breaking down, you can always come back to Teen Help and talk to us. I'm glad you already have a great support system in real life.
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