Happy 5 Years of Sobriety To Me!!!

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  1. Wendi M profile image78
    Wendi Mposted 7 years ago

    I'm 5, I'm 5, I'm a big girl now I'm 5!

    Actually, they say that you become emotionally stunted when you begin drinking (heavily,) and I began drinking at 13...therefore, Happy 18th Birthday to me!!

    Life can be good if you work at it!

    1. BethanRose profile image82
      BethanRoseposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Well done, that's great! I wish you great happiness and more sobriety :-)

      1. Wendi M profile image78
        Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you BethanRose.

        It's also my 1 year wedding anniversary today...big day for me!

    2. Eaglekiwi profile image80
      Eaglekiwiposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Congartulations!!!  Wendi M- You Rock !!
         




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    3. Maddie Ruud profile image77
      Maddie Ruudposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Congratulations and admiration, Wendi M.  5 years is a big anniversary!  Remember, you got there one day at a time!

    4. danfresnourban profile image63
      danfresnourbanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Congratulations, you should be very proud of yourself. It is a difficult and scary thing to do. Good job.

  2. WriteAngled profile image80
    WriteAngledposted 7 years ago

    Congratulations, Wendi

    that is a true victory indeed.

    My partner, although an extremely intelligent, erudite man, who was once a hospital consultant specialising (ironically) in toxicology, chose to continue drinking until it finally killed him in June last year.

  3. CMHypno profile image92
    CMHypnoposted 7 years ago

    Congratulations Wendi, you must be so proud of yourself.

    Hope you have a great celebration and that life continues to be great

  4. giselenmendez profile image60
    giselenmendezposted 7 years ago

    Congratulations smile! You should be really proud of yourself! I hope you'll have a great time celebrating with the ones you love the most.

  5. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    Congrats! smile big_smile





    Way To Go! smile

    1. Wendi M profile image78
      Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you to everyone...huge grin on my face today!

      And Cagsil...Love the dance!

  6. profile image0
    klarawieckposted 7 years ago

    Congratulations! I wish you a lifetime of anniversaries like this one!

  7. sofs profile image80
    sofsposted 7 years ago

    Bravo.. wish you the very best in life. :-} smile

    1. Wendi M profile image78
      Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Klara and Sofs!

  8. CASE1WORKER profile image64
    CASE1WORKERposted 7 years ago

    Well done girl! Shout it out from the rooftops, this girl done good!

  9. MissE profile image77
    MissEposted 7 years ago

    CONGRATS!!!

  10. profile image0
    Home Girlposted 7 years ago

    How can you start drinking heavily at 13? Where did you get alcohol? It's not like it is sold to  13 years old kids! Alcohol is a dangerous thing, it ruins your health and your judgement, and your personality. It's not just kills you, it can leave you very ill, suffering for years without mercy. Be careful, your body will never "forgets" that  you've been drinking, it's like a tiger in woods - always ready, always watching for your weakness...

    1. wychic profile image86
      wychicposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I think she already figured out the damaging effects, or she wouldn't have quit. My brothers have been drinking heavily since they were pre-teens -- it's the side effect of having alcoholic parents who not only don't care if you're drinking, they looked at me like I'd grown a second head because I didn't want to drink. Our uncle's death due to alcoholism was enough for one brother, who is now on the road to recovery.

      Congrats, Wendi! smile

    2. Wendi M profile image78
      Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sorry about your family's difficulties wychic.  Hopefully things turn around for your family.

      I'm guessing Home Girl didn't read the topic of this forum.

      Thank you for the congrats!

  11. Lisa HW profile image66
    Lisa HWposted 7 years ago

    Wendi, congratulations and best wises for many, many, more reasons to to celebrate as time keeps moving on.

  12. Wendi M profile image78
    Wendi Mposted 7 years ago

    Things just keep on getting better. 

    I had been interviewing for another job for the past month, and just got offered the job...for $14K more than I'm already making!

    The promises are coming true (AA Lingo!)

    1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image92
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Congratulations for all the good things happening with you. It's hard work rewarded and faith upheld. Best wishes!

    2. Cagsil profile image81
      Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Congrats on the job too! big_smile smile

      1. Wendi M profile image78
        Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you Patty and Cagsil. 

        Nothing like sitting around with a glass half-full and life coming around to top it of for you!

  13. profile image0
    Brenda Durhamposted 7 years ago

    Congratulations Wendi.
    I wish you continued success;  awesome job! smile

    1. Wendi M profile image78
      Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Brenda!

  14. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    Congrats Wendi! It must feel amazing for you. It sounds like you have every reason to celebrate! Keep expecting the best. smile

    1. Wendi M profile image78
      Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Rebekah.  I'm so excited to see what other surprises life is going to hand me.

  15. thaivalentine profile image57
    thaivalentineposted 7 years ago

    Congratulations - since everyone knows somebody battling addiction, how did you do it.  AA, cold turkey, family intervention, etc.

    1. Wendi M profile image78
      Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I did it with AA.  I have a sister who's been in the program for 15 years.  She and I were never close, because of the drinking, but now we have a amazing relationship.

      In fact, she is the process of having my 22 year old son (who just admitted to an addiction himself) move down with her, so she can help him get back on his feet.  Hopefully he gets as much out of the program as I have so far.

  16. RedElf profile image89
    RedElfposted 7 years ago

    You truly are "protected by Smith and Wilson" (a friend proudly wears a t-shirt with that slogan).

    Congratulations to you - all your hard work is beginning to pay off!

    1. Wendi M profile image78
      Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you RedElf.  I just picked up my 5 year medalion today!

  17. Mighty Mom profile image83
    Mighty Momposted 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your sobriety milestone with us, Wendi. Five years is a biggie -- congrats on getting your marbles back!
    May the promises keep coming at ya.
    And when life on life's terms sucks the big one (which inevitably will happen -- hopefully not anytime soon, tho!), remember, there is NOTHING in this world that drinking would make better and everything in this world that drinking would make worse smile.

    All the best to you, MM
    P.S. Love the story about your new positive relationship with your sister. And GOOD LUCK to your son. I've traveled that path and know how hard it is for the parent of a young addict... Lots of support here on HP if you need it!
    HUGS!

    1. Wendi M profile image78
      Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Mighty Mom.

      I appreciated every word you wrote.

      Wendi

  18. Peter Owen profile image61
    Peter Owenposted 7 years ago

    Congrats Wendi -
    Now for caution- I'm sure you have seen people go back out after their first anniversary. I have seen same thing after 5th and 10th. Why? - people are proud of themselves and can get the feeling they are cured. I'm not saying this is happening to you, but it can hit us without our knowing it.
    I allow myself a 10 minute Reflect and BackPat each year. Other than that, it is just another day.
    Milestones should be day by day, not year by year. As you have hopefully been taught, yearly anniversaries are not for you, but for the newcomers to prove to them it can work.
    Euphoria is a killer.
    Hopefully you have a sponsor who is watching over you.

    1. Wendi M profile image78
      Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I have a good life, and I work my steps.  I celebrate my achievements as I chose, as they are my achievements,

      Euphoria is not a killer, in my eyes, pessimism is!

      1. Mighty Mom profile image83
        Mighty Momposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Right on, Wendi. Keep doing what works for you!
        By the way, thought I'd share this little ditty (hope you don't mind).
        I have a very dear friend who says what I believe Peter Owen was getting at with his "warning."
        He says,
        "Happy birthday to those of us celebrating milestone birthdays and to all of us for completing another day of sobriety. But remember: alcohol is cunning, baffling, powerful, persuasive, and incredibly patient. It's just waiting for an opportunity to lull us into a false sense of security so we slip up and pick up. So happy birthday today -- but don't get cocky!!"

        I'm not sure how this comes across in print, but it has become this man's (21 years in recovery)signature share opening. It may be corny, but it's catchy... (at least I think so!). smile MM

  19. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    Gutsy! Well done Wendi, congratulations.

    1. Wendi M profile image78
      Wendi Mposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Earnest.

 
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