My 200TH Hub Dedicated To My Friends

Losing Friends and Meeting New Ones

I have lost many of friends after I decided to change my life around and become clean and sober. These friends left my life because I stop drinking alcohol. So, I ask, were these true life long friends? I believe not. We only had one thing in common and that was drinking alcohol.

My 200th Hub is dedicated to my friends, my friends here on HubPages. I am celebrating one year writing here on HubPages and writing this hub, which is number 200.

I have met many wonderful people here and learned to be able to write I think, some good content on my experiences on drinking alcohol and ways that I have learned on my own how to get clean and sober.

I have written these articles in hopes that just maybe one hub will hit home to someone in our world that is addicted to alcohol and has no way of knowing how to find his/her sobriety.

I am not a Doctor or a Therapist. I only write on what has helped me become sober and I write from my heart, so I hope over this past one year writing here on Hubpages I have helped someone find their sobriety, and if I did touch your life in anyway please drop me a comment or email me because I would really love to hear how you became sober and how my writing helped you.

My HubPages Friends

Over the past year, I have found many new friends here on HubPages and many interesting hubs and awesome writers. I could go on for ever naming these great writers, but in particular there are a few people that I have met in the forum (Last to post is the winner) in the Sandpit.

I met them in this forum one year ago and we have stayed in contact each and everyday since. In the beginning, when the forum started there were many people, but as time past they moved on to other forums of just said they have had enough of this particular forum.

In the meantime, some of us stayed and continue to say good morning to each other. We always say good niight to each other. We try to help each other if there happened to be a situations in ones life that they wanted to get advice on or just vent to each other.

For myself, I have shared a good part of my life with these hubbers and they have done the same sharing with me. We all became to be great friends through HubPages and I truly wish that someday the eight of us will be able to meet in person, which would be the most awesome thing in the world. I don't know if that would ever happen, but in the meantime we stay close to each other through the Internet and here on Hubpages.

Here are the people that have been by my side as true friends and ones that I have learned to trust and I have learned to Love just as my family.

So there we have it. These are the wonderful people I have grown to love here on HubPages. If anyone one of us have a problem or a concern or a question about anything, each of these people are there to listen, help and give advice to each other.

They are all the best and I love them all dearly.

Thank you all for being there for me and best of all, for being true friends. All of you have helped in my quest for sobriety and all of your comments to my hubs truly touched my heart and I just wanted to let all of you know how much I appreciate everything.

Love always,

Mark, (Marky) (The Clean Life)



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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Wonderful tribute to your friends! Great article. Voted Up!


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

J.S.Matthew- Thank you J.S. Matthew, Yes they are some wonderful people and some good friends. Thanks for voting up!!

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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Saleheen my friend. I'm proud to put your name down as one of my dear friends. You have done so much for me and taught me many things regarding links, sites just to say a few. Thanks for everything and please come around to say HI to the girls and a few men that are left in the forum. Or see you on FB.

God Bless you my friend!!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Voted up also, Marky-and not because you mentioned my name, but I appreciate it. I am so impressed with your accomplishments and proud to call you my friend. You have much to feel good about the way your life has turned around. By the Grace of God...

Say hello to Linda for me and CONGRATULATIONS!

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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Denise - You and everyone else are my inspiration to stay clean and sober. I am so so happy I found HubPages and found you. Linda is on her way back from Cape May seeing her Dad. Should be home about 5:30 or so. I will give her the message.

Thanks for commenting Denise:)

Marky :)

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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England


Delighted to be one of your many friends Mark. You are a true inspiration and I luvs ya too.

Well done on 200 wonderful hubs. hugs Annie

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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

To me writing is a wonderful medium that can be used for good if one so chooses and you are doing this wonderfully. Congrats on your 200 hubs!

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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Annie so glad you are part of our family here on hubPages. I never realized just how many beautiful people there were in the world. See, being sober I now apprieate life and people. Thank you for your kind comment annie


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Marie- so glad to hear from you. I hope all is well with you and your family. Thank you so much!! i was determined to hit 200 by the end of today (Sunday) .

God Bless you and yours:)


klarawieck 5 years ago

Aw! I'm drying my tears, Mark. Thanks for this! Very moving. You are a great friend and we are all very lucky to have you around HP. :)

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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Klara , No I am the lucky one to have all of you wonderful beautiful people in my life. Thank you for all your love and kindness.


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Trsmd 5 years ago from India

congrats for publishing 200 hubs here...

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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Trsmd Thank you ! I had lots of fun writing them.

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Just_Rodney 5 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

That you have reached this far on your in breakin the chains of your addiction, you have set an example of what can be achieved once your mind is set.

Go with your God, Long Life and happiness.

Yes hubpages have and are a place to write about lifes experiences, I have fictionalised parts of mf my life in the "Ravinsklip" few chapters that I have written, there are more to come, but these start getting harder as they are a deal worse than the holdup and the domestic voilance.

Hubpages do rock.

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sofs 5 years ago

Marky .. Congrats..on your 200 and your anniversary on HubPages ;) Greatly honored to be your friend..let me tell you this it is wonderful to find people like you even if it is halfway across the globe and to be able to talk about anything and everything. Mark you are an awesome person.. and I am blessed to be called your friend :)

Wishing you much success on the internet and I hope you will continue the good work that you have started and be an inspiration to all those struggling with addictions.

I have always admired the pace at which you write and the fact that you never run out of ideas.. :)

Marky you are the best :) God Bless :)

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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada


Me thinks that it is me who is the lucky one who has such a good friend in you. And, I agree, our friends are the best!! I have a feeling that you have touched someone out there by penning your journey. You know how that works...

Congratulations on your 200th hub!!! And a big congratulations on your first year anniversary here on HP!! (if only I could pass two tokens to you :) )

Thank you for your friendship and for bringing a smile to my heart this morning. One day, we will all meet. :)

Light and peace



kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

your 200x amazing

Thank you for such an inspiring hub


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Just_Rodney Thanks so much for commenting on this hub. Finally broke those chains. I would like to check out your


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Sophie, I am so sorry for taking so long replying back to your comment. I can't tell you how happy I am to know you Sophie. Like you said,even though we are a world apart it feels as if I have known you for a lifetime. You are a great people and I too am thrilled to call you my friend.

Love ya always


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Beth- First off, I did what you said regarding my computer problem at the shore and It is all fixed up. Thanks so much for lending my your brilliant mind :) Here again I must say I am sorry for the delay in replying, but I know you understand. Thank you as always for your kind and loving words to me and my hubs. You are the best My Beth and yes just maybe we will meet. That would be the most awesome thing wouldn't it. To finally meet face to face of the people behind the keyboards.

Love ya Girl much and thanks again !!


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Kimberly- Thanks for your comment and it's great to hear from you too. Hope all is well and don't be a stranger. Miss chatting with you!


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

:) Youre welcome Mark. (my apologies, but my french keyboard is turned on, so no proper punctuation) It was my pleasure. For all that you have given me and done for me, it was the least I could do. Im glad that your computer is feeling healthy again. :)

Love you loads and yes, I will have to fly down and you will have to take me on a midnight sail under a full moon. Thats the cats meow! :)

Again, congrats my friend!



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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Beth - I was going to go to bed, but reading your nice comment I am WIDE AWAKE :) I'll tell ya you can fly down any time you wish.:):) I must run down to the boat and start shining it up =D

Thanks for everything and your touching comments Beth :):)

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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Wow, I cannot tell you how honored I am to have been mentioned in your 200th hub dedication. I'm so sorry that it has taken me so long to read this glorious hub. Congratualtions on your 200th, your 1 year anniversary, and of course your sobriety. You have a lot to be proud of. Keep up the fantastic work and I am honored to call you my friend.

Bill 5 years ago


I feel like we are becoming friends, just from your writing. I put my website so you can get to know me. I have been very busy, so I have not written much this year. I want to encourage to press are awesome.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Cara, wow I am embarrassed that it has taken me 43 hours to get back to you. I am really sorry, As they say in my job, I have my hands full. It was an honor to put your name in my hub and a honor to know you and your Mom.

Thank you so much for all your kind words :)

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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Bill, Hello my new found friend. Thanks so much for your comment and please email me your site so that I can read and learn. Stay in touch and it's a pleasure meeting you!!

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