25 Years Clean & Sober
Posted: September 6, 2014, 8:26 AM


Posts: 1905
Joined: October 23, 2011



I came to recovery in July 1989 a suicidal hopeless/helpless alcoholic/addict.

Through commitment to The 12 Steps of AA/NA
http://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/p-10..._howitworks.pdf
I have been able to achieve 25 yrs clean/sober and the quality of my life continues to improve as I go along in recovery.

Recovery takes work and dedication but my life continues to improve in ways I never imagined.

I wish everyone the best in their recovery.

Bob R



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Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.


Free copy of AA's Big Book on-line: http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/alcoh...olics-anonymous

Free copy of NA's Big Book on-line:
Copy & Paste coastalcarolinaarea.org/literature/books/b_t.pdf


AA's HOW IT WORKS:
Copy & paste www.aa.org/assets/en_US/p-10_howitworks.pdf


NA's HOW IT WORKS:
http://www.na.org/admin/include/spa...0it%20Works.pdf


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--- driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity.

---there are those too who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

... I need AA more than it needs me.

--- I fight recovery tooth and nail....
I'm not used to being sane, it just doesn't seem natural.


...... According to the great spiritual teachers, ignorance does not result from what we don’t know; ignorance results from what we think we do know.

---Some think that 2+2=5 and believe it.
Some know that 2+2=4 and can't stand it.


--- I didn't have a very happy childhood
but I sure am having a long one !


---Dry since 1989
working daily on getting/staying SOBER.


---If you want to drink, that's your business
...If you want to quit, that's AA's business.


... Tell me, I'll forget;
... Show me, I'll remember;
... Engage me, I'll understand.


---Most problems are psychological.
Most solutions are spiritual .


"If we try to change our ego with the help of our ego, we only have a better-disguised ego."
--Richard Rohr


WWBWD (What Would Bill W. Do)
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Posted: November 16, 2014, 5:39 PM


Posts: 1059
Joined: August 29, 2011



CONGRATS PAPA BEAR!!!!!!

I see your posts on the heroin and methadone boards. Thank you for stopping by and adding your 2 cents. It is appreciated.

granny

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I NEVER KNEW HOW MUCH LOVE MY HEART COULD HOLD UNTIL SOMEONE CALLED ME GRANDMA.


STOP AND LISTEN TO THE BIRDS SINGING IN THE TREES. WHEN THE BIRDS ARE SINGING EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS OK.[FONT=Courier][FONT=Arial]
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Posted: March 13, 2015, 4:12 AM


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Joined: March 13, 2015



Congratulation PapaBear! Good job..
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Posted: March 18, 2015, 4:23 AM


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Joined: March 18, 2015



25 years is a big achievement. Good job! Sobriety is a blessing.
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Posted: April 17, 2015, 6:38 PM


Posts: 10
Joined: March 21, 2015



@PapaBear, I have been in recovery for 34 years for alcohol. With that being said, I find it mind boggling that our only child is an addict. You would think I would know what to do for our son but we have no idea, none. we are trying our best to love him, but when he refuses any and all contact with us, and we have no idea where he is (in our town but homeless). We are not enablers as we stopped giving any money some time ago. I pray without ceasing. What we haven't done is connect with alanon, and we need to.
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Posted: April 23, 2015, 9:05 AM


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Joined: April 17, 2015



Papa Bear!!!! Congrats on your success! I see your posts periodically and you always have such gems of wisdom! Thanks for sharing and encouraging!

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If you pray to God for rain, don't you complain about the lightening; If you're asking for directions, don't you moan about the distance. -Cloud Cult
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Posted: July 23, 2015, 10:44 PM


Posts: 1905
Joined: October 23, 2011



26 years on July 18.

Without AA & NA I wouldn't have seen 1990 !

All the best.

Bob R

--------------------
Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.


Free copy of AA's Big Book on-line: http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/alcoh...olics-anonymous

Free copy of NA's Big Book on-line:
Copy & Paste coastalcarolinaarea.org/literature/books/b_t.pdf


AA's HOW IT WORKS:
Copy & paste www.aa.org/assets/en_US/p-10_howitworks.pdf


NA's HOW IT WORKS:
http://www.na.org/admin/include/spa...0it%20Works.pdf


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--- driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity.

---there are those too who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

... I need AA more than it needs me.

--- I fight recovery tooth and nail....
I'm not used to being sane, it just doesn't seem natural.


...... According to the great spiritual teachers, ignorance does not result from what we don’t know; ignorance results from what we think we do know.

---Some think that 2+2=5 and believe it.
Some know that 2+2=4 and can't stand it.


--- I didn't have a very happy childhood
but I sure am having a long one !


---Dry since 1989
working daily on getting/staying SOBER.


---If you want to drink, that's your business
...If you want to quit, that's AA's business.


... Tell me, I'll forget;
... Show me, I'll remember;
... Engage me, I'll understand.


---Most problems are psychological.
Most solutions are spiritual .


"If we try to change our ego with the help of our ego, we only have a better-disguised ego."
--Richard Rohr


WWBWD (What Would Bill W. Do)
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Posted: July 18, 2016, 8:26 AM


Posts: 1905
Joined: October 23, 2011



Here we are... another July 18 !! 27 yrs sober/clean.

I remember thinking in the beginning :
"This won't work!!" and "What do The 12 Steps have to do with anything??"

As I go along in recovery the more I discover just how accurate and simple AA's HOW IT WORKS and NA's HOW IT WORKS is
http://www.aa.org/assets/en_US/p-10..._howitworks.pdf
http://www.na.org/admin/include/spa...0it%20Works.pdf

All the best.

Bob R

--------------------
Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.


Free copy of AA's Big Book on-line: http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/alcoh...olics-anonymous

Free copy of NA's Big Book on-line:
Copy & Paste coastalcarolinaarea.org/literature/books/b_t.pdf


AA's HOW IT WORKS:
Copy & paste www.aa.org/assets/en_US/p-10_howitworks.pdf


NA's HOW IT WORKS:
http://www.na.org/admin/include/spa...0it%20Works.pdf


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--- driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity.

---there are those too who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.

... I need AA more than it needs me.

--- I fight recovery tooth and nail....
I'm not used to being sane, it just doesn't seem natural.


...... According to the great spiritual teachers, ignorance does not result from what we don’t know; ignorance results from what we think we do know.

---Some think that 2+2=5 and believe it.
Some know that 2+2=4 and can't stand it.


--- I didn't have a very happy childhood
but I sure am having a long one !


---Dry since 1989
working daily on getting/staying SOBER.


---If you want to drink, that's your business
...If you want to quit, that's AA's business.


... Tell me, I'll forget;
... Show me, I'll remember;
... Engage me, I'll understand.


---Most problems are psychological.
Most solutions are spiritual .


"If we try to change our ego with the help of our ego, we only have a better-disguised ego."
--Richard Rohr


WWBWD (What Would Bill W. Do)
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Posted: July 23, 2016, 6:20 PM


Posts: 1551
Joined: June 27, 2016



Congratulations on 27 years. You are right. No matter what a person wants to succeed at they have to go through the steps. Dedicate the time. Some have big steps and some have small.

I hope some day my son can count the years of being sober or clean. I do think the first years must be difficult. I do not think my son is working the steps, but he has been introduced to them and knows where to find them.

Wishing you another 27 happier years if that is possible!

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Posted: November 13, 2016, 10:03 PM


Posts: 17
Joined: November 13, 2016



Thank you for sharing. I have 25 days today so your title just grabbed me. I can't imagine 25 years sober but thanks to you I know it's possible.

Rock on.
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Posted: November 13, 2016, 10:06 PM


Posts: 17
Joined: November 13, 2016



Sorry I'm clearly new here...I see it's 27 years!! Good, even better. haha.
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