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Ashley-Health Educator Jun 16, 2017 (02:49 PM)  

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Wow! Congratulations.

I can't believe how quickly two years flies by. Thank you for sharing your success with us. It is clear you have put a lot of hard work into this and you are now reaping the rewards. 

Self-compassion and self-care are essential to recovery. How do you remind yourself to practice self-compassion?

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Julie Jun 14, 2017 (11:22 PM)  

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Thank you Foxman and Cryptmaker for the kind words.   Gus, it is great to hear from you and to know that all is well!  Congratulations on your over two years with no alcohol. You were a huge help to me as I started out and you continue to be a welcomed support. Thank you and keep up the great work!

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Thank you all for sharing your success over this disease. Foxman, as usual, you are always here for support and so modest. If my memory serves me correctly you have been sober now for seven or eight years...maybe longer and yet you respond to each and every person who comes to this forum, even if it is only sharing a few words as you have below. The world direly needs more kind and selfless people like you.

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Nice work.

Gus Jun 12, 2017 (10:56 PM)  

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Hey Julie,

Awesome to hear your update! You are a great example for those of us who struggle with alcohol  of what is possible. 

I am over two years alcohol free myself. Slowly but surely, things improve, like Julie says. If I had to list the positives of being free of alcohol abuse, I'd be writing for a week. The number one positive - I am available and in the moments. I wasn't when alcohol had control. 

Julie Jun 12, 2017 (09:38 PM)  

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Today marks my two years of sobriety and it is a good place to be.  Slowly but surely, my life is improving and I am becoming a person I can be proud of, a person I can trust and a person I like.  Good things are happening and opportunities are arising, but I think they were always there, I just wasn't open and brave enough to recognize them. Counselling has helped me to become aware of the things that I tried to numb by drinking, and to begin to heal those areas.  I am learning about self compassion and self care, essential aspects to my recovery. Daily exercise and meditation have proven to be essential to me, as well as online support (forums, podcasts and blogs) and books.  

I hope that these words can offer encouragement to others to keep trying  and that there is a way through to the other side.  Keep adding tools to your toolbox until you get the support you need to carry you through.  Try to go without alcohol for 90 days and see where it takes you.  You will find that it takes you to a better place.

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