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Ashley-Health Educator Mar 20, 2019 (06:37 PM)  

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Lynn123!


You are so very welcome. It makes me so happy to hear how well you are doing and how much you are able to appreciate life now. You deserve it.  All the credit of your success goes to you. It is no easy task to take advice and then fight an addiction.  YOU are amazing for achieving the life you wanted. I hope you give yourself lots of self love and pats on the back. You did it and you are still doing it. Amazing and inspirational!

Thank you so much for posting,


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Lynn123 Mar 18, 2019 (02:39 PM)  

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Ashley,


I thanked you in 2016 in this thread, and I am back to thank you again.  This August will mark 4 years alcohol free and I am thankful for the advice I received on this site.  At this point, it’s hard for me to believe that I was a drinker. Recently I have even began planning visit to places I vacationed because, quite honestly, I don’t remember the time I was there because I was drank too much.   


In the beginning of my alcohol free life, I would often reflect on the time I spent drinking. I would usually get angry at the time that I wasted.  I now look at it as a life lesson and try not to waste anymore of my time. I no longer allow the contents of a bottle to dictate my life. Life is meant to be lived, not controlled.  


So again, thank you Ashley for the advice that you gave and the work you do on this site.  You change lives. I know because your advice changed mine.


With sincere appreciation,

Lynn


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Julie,


That is wonderful that you are able to work through your stuff---and without alcohol!  Congratulations!  I am sure that it is hard, but things that are done right are sometimes the hardest but last the longest.  

Things are good with me.  I continually find things I am able to do now the burden of alcohol is gone.  I usually drank at home, isolated myself, just me and my drink of choice.  If I went out with friends I would only drink one or two drink--didn't want anyone to know how much I actually drank---then come home and have my normal 6-7 drinks.  Being without alcohol allows me to do WHATEVER I want to do, WHENEVER I want to do it!  So freeing as I am sure you have found as well.

Good luck as your journey continues!  

Lynn

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Hi Lynn123,


Things are going well for me; thanks for asking.  I am finding that I am willing and able to work through some emotional stuff that kept me drinking.  Hard to do but so worthwhile.  Slowly but surely life keeps getting better and the challenges, I can face with clear eyes and a clear conscience.  
How are things going for you Lynn123?

Lynn123 Jul 25, 2016 (06:41 AM)  

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Ashley,


AWESOME is how it feels to be in control and it is a control that I never want to lose.  Right now I think I would be “ok” having an occasional drink or two but I also know that I don’t want to lose that power that I have gained.  


My fear is not knowing when alcohol has gained power over me rather me over alcohol.  Rather than taking that risk I choose to take the safe road, the road that has freed me from the stress associated with alcohol.  


Thanks again for all that you do!  


Lynn


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Hello Julie!


Yes, you and I began our journey around the same time.  I believe you became AF a few weeks ahead of me, you were a great inspiration and gave helpful advice!


You are so right, abstinence is so much easier than moderation.  In the past, the few times I tried to moderate I could only think about the pace I was drinking and then looking forward to the next time that I could drink the way I wanted to.  Wow, how things have changed!


How are things going with you?  


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Congratulations Lynn 123! 


 I think we started out around the same time and I remember you sharing your thoughts then.  One year of not drinking is such a huge challenge and accomplishment; well done!  I totally agree that it is easier to take the option of drinking away rather than always trying to figure out the right way to moderate.  And once you are used to no alcohol as a given, life is in fact much better.  

Thanks for sharing your success with us!




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Hi Lynn123!
 
Thank you so much for your message. You made my week! It's not everyday you have someone tell you that you changed their life! Wow, what an honor. I do have to say though that YOU changed your life. Being alcohol free for over a year is an incredible achievement that takes strength, courage and intelligence. Congratulations! How does it feel to be in control of this?
 

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Thanks Nodrama!  Hope you are doing well.


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Hi Lynn! That's awesome! Congratulations on your success! 

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Lynn123 Jul 19, 2016 (08:30 PM)  

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Hello Ashley,


I wanted to stop back in and tell you once again, Thank You!


A year ago I was a frequent visitor to this site.  I would post some but mostly read of success and failures, wondering if I ever tried to stop drinking what would I end up being.  


I had not really tried to stop drinking before, it was hard enough not drinking for one or two nights. Then I made a decision that I would not drink for a week, something I had never done.  The first few days of that week were so hard but by the end of the week I made the decision to go for another week which was easier than the first so I thought, “I will go a month then re-think everything.”  


Your advice then changed my life!  You told me the addictions counselors advise a 3 month break and then reassess.  That was NOT what I wanted to hear but I gave it a shot.  That was almost a year ago, August 3rd will mark one year since I have had a drink and to be honest, I am glad that part of my life is over.  I reflect back to all the thinking, planning, wondering I used to do about drinking, so much time wasted and it is just really not worth it!  


At this point I don’t think I will drink again.  I think that for me it is easier to not have a drink than to wonder how many is too many, etc.  and that is fine with me :)  Life is so much better alcohol free!


Thank you again!  


Lynn


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