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Normally don't get into personal stuff on here folks,

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 8:58 PM
 

but I'm in a bit of a celebratory mood today. Today marks 1 year that I've been sober.

Without going into too many details, I was a heavy binger from the ages of 15-24. I wrecked cars, got arrested a couple of times, woke up beside women I had no business sleeping with and dragged my tail to work with many a hangover. With the help of some close friends, I decided to make a change at this time last year.

I've never been prouder of any accomplishment in my life, and that includes graduating from college with honors and carrying on a rather successful professional career.

I wanted to share with yall because it means a lot to me...and because I know there is someone out there who might benefit from the message that "your life can be better."

Cheers!


Re: Normally don't get into personal stuff on here folks,

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 8:59 PM
 

That is fantastic. Congrats on hitting a milestone.

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be proud, you are a tiger,congratulations & god bless***


Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:16 PM
 




Takes a big person

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:00 PM
 

To look in the mirror and admit there is a problem. Takes an even bigger person to actually do something about it. Good luck man.

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Good for you

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:01 PM
 

Life is way better when you can remember it the day after .

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Kudos to you my friend

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:02 PM
 

Major accomplishment. Very impressive. Takes a lot of character to do what you are doing. +1!

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Congrats

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:02 PM
 

Hats off to ya for recognizing a problem and dealing with it.

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Very nice.

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:06 PM
 

I had struggled in the past w addiction and over came as well. Congrats! Keep it up!

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Alright, alright, alright... takes a lot of guts to confess

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:11 PM
 

that and more guts to overcome that demon. My Dad was an alcoholic and it ruined his life. Though he died a sober man he wasted some pretty impressive talents. Congrats to you and stay the course.


Way to go,

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:14 PM
 

keep up the good work!

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Congratulations, and stay strong!***

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:15 PM
 



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"When I was young, I was sure of many things; now there are only two things of which I am sure: one is, that I am a miserable sinner; and the other, that Christ is an all-sufficient Saviour. He is well-taught who learns these two lessons." -John Newton


Great news

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:25 PM
 

It is my brother-in-laws 21st anniversary. Keep going one day at a time.

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Re: Normally don't get into personal stuff on here folks,

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:29 PM
 

Proud of you and this is something to celebrate....way beyond awesome!


Congrats! Took my mother 2 strokes to quit her habit***

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:35 PM
 




Thanks for the reminder - BEST WISHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!***

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:35 PM
 



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That's outstanding ! I'm proud of you !***

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Re: Normally don't get into personal stuff on here folks,

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:39 PM
 

Congratulations!


Good on you!

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:40 PM
 

Congrats man.....takes a big man to admit a problem, but an even bigger one to do something about it! Prayers for your continued sobriety!


Re: Normally don't get into personal stuff on here folks,

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:42 PM
 

The words of support really mean more than you guys know. There have been many fidgety afternoons and late nights I've come to the Tigerboreds to take my mind off of the party scene. I appreciate those who have reached out and encourage any guys (or gals!) who are struggling to nip the problem in the bud early.

Thanks guys.


Your testimony could be a big positive to many folks - keep

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 9:47 PM
 

being brave to stay the course and to keep telling the story. You never know the difference it could make.

Congrats ! ! !

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By the way

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 10:03 PM
 

Please always say no to the first one whatever the (positive or negative) ----- occasion, celebration, situation, built-in-excuse, catastrophe, revenge, hurt feelings, showing off, etc...

THAT WAY THE SECOND ONE NEVER BECOMES AN OPTION.

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Re: By the way


Posted: Mar 13, 2014 10:05 PM
 

Thanks for the words of wisdom, brother. One is always one too many and never enough for some folks. I'm one of those guys.


Another thought


Posted: Mar 13, 2014 10:20 PM
 

which nobody ever warned me about.

Be careful of replacing an addictive behavior with another addiction even when the new one is positive --- such as working out in the gym --- later on, when you get tired of the new addiction, there could be a void that you do not even realize is making you more vulnerable.

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Re: Another thought


Posted: Mar 13, 2014 10:38 PM
 

Yes, have fought this battle with distracting myself with work. It took a while but I think I'm at a healthy balance now...and if it's not, I strive to improve each day in tackling things head on.


Re: Normally don't get into personal stuff on here folks,

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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 10:30 PM
 

I'm glad to see your post. I drink too much myself. Not going to jail too much but maybe I've just been really #### lucky. You give me something to think about. Keep up the good work jounger!!!


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Posted: Mar 13, 2014 10:31 PM
 

Sorry, forgot which board I was on.


day by day ... keep up the good work***

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An achievement to celebrate and build on

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 9:06 AM
 

My father celebrated his 24th year of sobriety last month. It's been a tough road but well worth it. I commend you on your determination and wish you the best of luck with the next day, and the next, and the next.


big ups to you IBWG; good things to good peoples!***

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Congratulations! Proud of you!***

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 9:57 AM
 



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Nice!***

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:02 AM
 



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Great job man! Those first 3-6 months are a killer!

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:04 AM
 

Glad you got to where you are, but everyday you go forward it gets easier and easier to forget where you came from. (says the guy who got a DUI after being ten years sober.) i've been back at it another 5 years, but I sure missed out on another good year of living thinking things would be different the next time.
Enjoy the day friend, keep up the good life!

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Haha,wonder who felt the need to give you a thumbs down..

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:06 AM
 

Sad.

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AWESOME!!!

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:24 AM
 

Keep it up my man. Life has a way of testing a persons weaknesses on a regular basis so stay strong. Glad you have concurred your inner demons and wish you nothing but good luck facing any obstacles in your future.


Re: Many congrats to you!!

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:15 AM
 

The one year mark is a great milestone. Good job, and stay strong!

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Awesome IBWG. "Coot props" for you brother.

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:25 AM
 

Keep fighting the good fight brotha.

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Since 1992 The Gamecocks have competed in the SEC and have 4 SEC titles / 1 SEC tournament title / 7 SECE titles.


Congratulations

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:30 AM
 

Thank you for sharing. You never know who your post might affect...

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You have all our support here!!!!!

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:33 AM
 

Congratulations!!!!

Just one day at a time.........

Feel good about yourself!

WTG!!!


Re: Normally don't get into personal stuff on here folks,

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:44 AM
 

IBWG, Thanks so much for sharing your experience and congratulations for the one year "birthday"! Your bravery and honesty may touch a reader in ways you'll never know, giving him or her another chance in life, and giving some young, impressionable child a sober dad or mom all of the time, not just mid-week. Thanks again for your courageous post!


Also, GWP asked me to have you call him about those

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:46 AM
 

car wrecks. HTH.

South Carolina baseball since 1975: 31 NCAA Tournament appearances including a streak of 14 straight / 12 Super Regional appearances/ 11 College World Series berths / 5 National Championship game appearances / National Champions in 2010 and 2011. The Gamecocks hold 3 NCAA records for postseason success: The most consecutive NCAA tournament wins (22) / The most consecutive wins in the College World Series (12) / The most consecutive home NCAA tournament wins (29).
Since 1992 The Gamecocks have competed in the SEC and have 4 SEC titles / 1 SEC tournament title / 7 SECE titles.


Congrats, Keep strong

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:48 AM
 

It is going to be a life long battle, you're going to have days where it is easy to slip up...just be prepared to battle against it time and time again. Very happy for you.


My goodness, what a great post. To quote a Jerry Butler

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 10:53 AM
 

song, "Only The Strong Survive."

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Proud of you, my man..an encouragment to others***

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 11:07 AM
 



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Congratulations! Stay the course.

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 11:41 AM
 

I know several people who need to quit drinking.


Don't drink anymore?

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 3:52 PM
 

No wonder you don't post much hear.








































Waytago, brah!

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Re: Normally don't get into personal stuff on here folks,

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 4:11 PM
 

I don't care what school you pull for, that gets a great big Thumbs Up. Congratulations and keep it up.


Prayers for your continued sobriety.***

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Thanks for sharing your inspiring story...awesome!

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 9:40 PM
 

It encouraged and blessed me to read it. Just keep taking it one day at a time..praying for your continued sobriety, and mental & physical strength to keep moving forward.

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You were already a credit to this board due to your stylish, witty writing...

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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 9:46 PM
 

Now you have challenged us ALL with your story. God bless.

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