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Welcome Cynthia! It's good to get to know you.

I found a great deal of help in both AA and Al-Anon. I'm blessed that my Guy is also sober now, but I have family members who are still active in various addictions. I wish you all the best in finding peace and strength. You're not alone!

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Oh Cynthia, thank you so much for sharing your story so honestly. I too started drinking to try and deal with my emotional, mental and childhood problems. I thought when I found sobriety all the other stuff would just disappear.

But I discovered I was left with the person I was before I started drinking and with nothing to take the edge off. I also had a partner who was an alcoholic, although sober and a son who is still active. Al Anon helped me enormously and also gamanon because one of my boys has gambling issues. It was so hard to let go and allow him to be who he is. I know we all have to find our own rock bottom, but it is so hard to watch someone you love who has not got there yet.

I am so grateful to be sober and have found the people I needed along the way to help me with the other addictions and also the mental problems I had prior to drinking. One thing I know above all other is that ONE drink will not make it better and 1000 will not be enough.

Looking forward to getting to know you. xx

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Hi Everyone! emoticon

I am glad to have found this team as I really need the support and hope to support others in the future.

I have a long history of substance abuse (teenage years to self medicate the bipolar and dysfunctional home life) (Early 20's to cope with divorce), and now here I am on the other side of the coin trying to cope with my boyfriend of a year and a half who is dealing with abusing prescription drugs. He is so far in denial that it is difficult for me to keep my mouth shut at times.

Last year I found out he was abusing the pills and it tore us apart as I simply couldn't handle it. I was angry, resentful, hurt and the trust factor went down the drain. He has a very dysfunctional relationship with his parents and brothers. He blames his upbringing for his use and what have you. I understand the need to self medicate...heck I did it for years. I have tried to tell him that he needs to get to the heart of what is it in life that he is trying to escape by using. He has a lot of anger (which he denies...but it is ever so evident in his passive aggressive behavior towards me at times and his parents). He had been doing well and then earlier last week he admitted he was using again. I had suspected such as his behavior had changed; he was more distant than usual and he was sleeping most of the time. He does have a mental illness which just complicates things all the more. I too have mental illness. I have bipolar that is quite severe and really difficult to stay stable.

I had been clean since Feb 2007, only to start drinking on occasion with my boyfriend. I was in denial...thinking that it wouldn't hurt anything and that we could just give it up. I have given it up, but he continues to bring beer into his apartment on occasion. It is very difficult for me to say no.

I used to go to AA & NA back in early 2000's and they helped me to get sober. Then I found that sometimes the topics would trigger my desire to use, so I quit going. I explained the situation with my psychiatrist and he said it was okay to stop going if I was no longer finding them helpful. I know the program works though.

Back in 2011, I was going through a terrible divorce and me and my ex were terribly co-dependent. I begun going to Celebrate Recovery ( a Christian 12 step program), and took a wonderful step study. I was able to do a lot of healing during this time. I haven't gone in ages, but have been considering going back, because I can not deal with bf's use alone. I know I can't change him and that I am NOT responsible for his use.

The only good thing is that my boyfriend is wanting to go to CR. The only thing is is that he says he simply can not accept his powerlessness. I'm like oh dear that's the whole foundation. I struggled with it myself, so I am trying to be patient. He hasn't gone yet and neither have I. I have severe fibromyalgia and it's hard for me to make the evening meetings. It may just be that I will have to find an alanon or naranon. (hopefully one that meets during the day).

I just feel like I am alone in this as a lot of people I know and am close to simply suggest I walk away and move on. I love him and do not wish to do that. He asked me to pray for him and try to encourage him. I am working on that, as it is all too easy for me to lash out.

I appreciate your reading this "mini novel". I am open to any advice or support that is given. Sometimes I just feel hopeless; and yet I know God (He is my HP) has a plan and future for me.

I look forward to getting to know you!

Cynthia~~~ A follower of Jesus Christ!!

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Best wishes, Rachael! My Guy and I also found that we are not responsible for each other's behavior. We are truely partners, but we each "work our own program." It's possible to find peace.

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Thank you Lesliesenior for your honesty and candidness! It is encouraging to read how you and your husband made it and I think it would be very helpful in our situation if I focused on my own stuff rather than his for awhile. When he does stop drinking, it is usually only a few weeks before my trying to "hold him accountable" and/or "be a support" to him results in a lot of fighting and I know my constant reading of his moods and attitudes toward recovery drive him nuts as well. And if I'm honest, they drive me nuts too!

Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome and I look forward to getting to know you all as well.


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emoticon to the team, Rachael! You are among friends who care. I'm an active member of AA, NA and Al-Anon. Please know that we are here for you. Embracing you in support and hugs.

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Welcome Rachael!
I've found a great deal of helpful information in Al-Anon meetings and I continue to use the literature. I'm looking forward to getting to know you. I wish you the best

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Hi there Rachael and a warm welcome to the team. emoticon



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"Give thanks for everything until you are absolutely sure it is not a blessing in disguise." Eastern Proverb.
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Welcome Rachael. I hope you begin to find the answers and help you are looking for. I know that we all understand deeply your struggles. I am a recovering alcoholic, but have also worked on my propensity to be co-dependent to others with addictions in my family. It takes much honesty, self evaluation, and courage, but it is possible to find peace and balance again. I found Melody Beattie books extremely helpful.
I will tell you this, the addict cannot prevent you from seeking the help you need for yourself if you really want it. Nothing in the Al-Anon program blames you or your reactions for keeping him drinking. In fact, quite the opposite, you are NOT responsible for his drinking. You already know this. Please keep exploring literature, counseling, and meetings.

When I got sober, my husband and I spent several years getting our own help without interfering with the recovery and counseling of the other. It saved our marriage. We celebrated 42 years last January. You don't have to leave your husband, but you must get the help you need without being held hostage by what makes him "comfortable".

I hope I haven't been too candid, but honesty, openness, and clarity saved my life. So I feel the need to share.
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Hi. My name is Rachael. I struggle with my own food addiction and also struggle coping with my husband's alcoholism. I suppose I fit the profile of a codependent although there is much to that label which I find offensive. However, while I refuse to accept all the stuff about how my reactions make his alcoholism continue (I don't believe I'm responsible nor do I believe it is possible to love a husband and NOT feel upset when he has almost died from drinking yet continues to drink), I do have to admit that my automatic dives into despair over his drinking are not exactly the healthiest response...and so I am open to learning how to find peace with it. I have attended Al-Anon in the past but have stopped as he is not comfortable with my attending a co-ed group and there are no women's only groups in my area. I am not open to divorce and so am especially interested on insights from anyone who has found peace in this situation WITHOUT leaving their husband.

Thanks!

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emoticon Dyanne!

I'm looking forward to getting to know you!

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Welcome Dyanne,
It will be good to get to know you. This is a good team with wise and helpful advice. We are glad you are here.
Leslie

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Hello. My name is Dyanne and I am an addict - in recovery from addiction. For 21 years. I have battled with weight all my life. July 2012 I had gastric sleeve surgery to rid myself of Chronic Type 2 diabetes. It worked. I went from 210lbs to 140 lbs. I am no longer taking any diabetic meds. I can go 45 mins on my elliptical trainer! Amazing!! However, I've hit a stall and want to lose 20lb more to reach my goal.



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You're in the right place! It's nice to meet you. emoticon

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Good day!
My name is Michelle...and I am a very grateful member of Al-Anon. Mom, sister and extended family qualifiy me and my searching, sometimes serenity-filled, heart keep me coming back. 19 years and counting of being part of the 12 steps and the insight, fellowship and comfort that come with it. I am especially thrilled there is a place here in Sparkpeople. Thank you to whomever began this team.

I wish you all a beautiful day! Talk to you again soon.
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So good to see you here, Lucy! emoticon

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(Please forgive me, but in the interest of time, I am copying most of this from another AA-type SP Team I am on; I did add some stuff this time that I forgot):

Hi, I'm Lucy, and I am an alcoholic. When I was young, I went through seasons where I clearly drank too much, but for the most part I could take it or leave it. Then Ricky and I started our family: two sweet babies born 18 mos., apart, both colicy, and I had no support. He'd go off to work and I had no help. When they finally fell asleep, I'd have a little wine to relax. Oh, did I mention we had both just left a *cult*?! Long story. I was still reeling from that (insane) experience, but not quite abusing alcohol yet. Then my dad passed away in 2003, and I started to drink more. My husband went along at first. The kids would finally be asleep, and we'd drink and goof around and have fun; this was our release. It was like the early scenes in "Days of Wine and Roses" with Jack Lemmon, before everything falls apart. Eventually, though, while Ricky would intuitively know when to stop, I'd sneak a shot or two when he went to the bathroom or whatever. My sneaking drinks started to become habitual. I became the housewife with the coffee cup of booze! Then we adopted two more precious sons, who both have special needs (reactive attachment disorder-- typical of adopted children). After a hectic day, I felt I "deserved" to drink. After all, the children were in bed.

I never had a DUI (thanks be to GOD), I never went to jail, I never wrapped my car around a tree or hurt anyone, never abused our precious children (thank You, LORD), and *most* of my heavy drinking occurred right at home when they were fast asleep. But I started to have some health issues, and I started to think maybe I wasn't drinking "like normal people," you know? I remember a man from our insurance company came to do some tests, blood work and so forth. Ricky reminded me, "Remember, you can't have alcohol for 48 hours." I nearly died. As soon as that man left, I went into the kitchen and mixed a martini. Then the doorbell rang-- he had forgotten his special pen. I was holding the drink behind my back, utterly mortified.

After mentioning "drinking more than I intended to" and/or "getting drunk-- but I didn't mean to!" in the Confessional several times, finally our Priest gently suggested to me that I check out AA. I dutifully trotted off to a meeting, but the stories I heard were so over-the-top, I thought, *surely* I am not an alcoholic-- I've never done anything remotely like these dear souls have!!! So I took one of those AA quizzes, and according to my score, I *did* have a drinking problem. I kept going to meetings but I just couldn't believe I could be a REAL alcoholic, when the worst thing I'd done is make a fool of myself in several social situations. The real kicker is that I got tipsy at the Golden Jubilee of the very Priest who first sent me to AA! How utterly embarrassing. emoticon Yes, I am an alcoholic.

For the next several years I was in and out of AA. The longest time I went without taking a drink was almost a year. I almost got that coveted AA birthday cake, but I didn't make it. I was so *steeped* in denial, so after all that time, I believed I could handle controlling my drinking ("the great obsession of every alcoholic")...

...but each time I left AA to "control" my drinking... the drink ended up controlling ME. I hate feeling like a slave to alcohol. When I stay close to meetings, though, I feel so free. I like that feeling. My Sponsor tells me I have a very short memory, so the fellowship helps me to remember that I *AM* AN ALCOHOLIC-- even though I have extremely "high bottoms"! Give me enough time away from the program, though, and I'd probably have the same horror stories the others do. The fellowship also makes my obsession to drink go away, which is wonderful.

So, here I am, a little bit like "The Housewife Who Drank at Home" in the Big Book. Though I didn't drink nearly as much as she did, I can relate to her story in many ways.

Today I do not have to take that first drink.

Thank you for letting me share. emoticon



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Hi, my name is Erin and i'm an Adult -child of an alcoholic father, drug addict mother and married to an Alcoholic who is about to go into a 30day rehab house. I'm in Al-anon. I've been active on spark for about 6 months and just recently seek help to deal with my hubby. Thank you for welcoming me to the group

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Welcome, Cheryl! Hope you can join us in the Drop In Centre for a chat.

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Hi, my name is cheryl and i am a grateful recovering alcoholic and addict, codependent, now my strugge is with food.

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it's good to get to know you, Linda! We all need help and support. This is a great place to find both.

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Hi, I'm in recovery, struggled with that for a long time until I hit my bottom, going on 3 years. Started Spark People last year before a vacation. Lost 18 lbs in 3 mos. Then of course vacation was over so, so was my desire to loss more. Now that I've been smoke & alcohol free it's caught up with me as so many things do and in order to feel better physically, I need to loss what I've gained, plus. So I'm back! Willing to go to any lengths, but with anything else, need help & support. Good to be here.

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I am not really new to the group. I tried to eliminate a dated boring SparkPage from years ago and bingo....both SparkPages were deleted. So......I am now maestraplank12. This is a great support group!

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Good to meet you, Pat! Hope you can join us at the Drop in Centre so we can get to know you better.

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Hi my name is Pat and I am an alcoholic among other addictions. I have been sober and drug free for 11 years - my sobriety date is Nov 29th I have been smoke free for 2 years on Nov. 5th. I am working now on overeating.
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Hi, Joy! I saw you in the drop in center already, but it's good to see you here.

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Hi, my name is Joy. All my family members were alcoholic except my Mum. Alcohol feed the roots of my family tree. Consequently, the is ems of the disease have crept into my behavior without my knowing it. Because of counseling and a wise counselor, I was encouraged to join Al-anon.

I need to change my eating habits. Because I am using food to be nourish my body as well as comfort my emotions. So here I am stretching my hand out for help.

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hi, i've been trying to figure how to introduce myself to the group, and i hope this is the right place. I'm Lynda and I'm an alcoholic/addict. I will have 24 years clean and sober next month. I quit smoking about 6 years ago...now i need to lose all the weight I gained from not smoking. Whew! I gained weight after i got sober and started eating. I blossomed up to 230 ish, and leveled off at around 185. Then i quit smoking and hae gone back up to 215. Recently changed my eating habits due to health problems caused by smoking. I have lost about 6 pounds, then put 3 back on. I know that i can't do it alone..so here i am!

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silly me i went back to count the days and as of today 30 days sober emoticon

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hi my name is jessica and im new to the group ive been on SP for about a year now but just recently quit drinking and im 3 weeks sober...i can say ive definitely been enjoying my non-hungover days!!! looking forward to the future conversations :)

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Karen...I'm so glad you joined us...this is a great team that offers a lot of support! Aurlie is right ...none of us is perfect! We all kinda like hanging out here I think...It's a great place to show our wonderful imperfect selves!! Welcome!!

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Hi Karen! I'm looking forward to getting to know you! None of us here are perfect (oops, maybe I should just speak for myself), but progress is the name of the game!

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Welcome Karen! I'm pretty new too, and everybody around here has been very friendly and supportive. Don't hesitate to "scoot" on over to the Drop In Center and visit! - Marci

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I should say right up front that I still have most of my vices, at least to some degree, but over the years I've known - and lost - many friends to addictions of various sorts. I had a nightclub in the 1970s and early 80s, and if the punk crowd doesn't teach you about bad behavior, you're not paying attention.

In our early years together (those same 70s and 80s) my husband and I had, between us, probably more substance abuse problems than some small communities, but when we got married and had babies, we both just sort of aged out of it. Those babies grew up clean and sober, although other extended family members didn't fare as well.

I joined this group largely because of AWESOMECAROL55, who is, indeed, awesome - I read a couple of her morning meditations and wanted to read more. My addictions these days run more to firmly entrenched bad habits... but the more I think about it (and that's one of my addictions - I *think* things to death regularly instead of taking action) the more that seems not so very different.

So here I am, and if, through watching and learning, I can shed a few of my remaining vices, that'd probably be a good thing, too.

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Welcome! It's good to meet you. Please come over to the Drop in Centre... so we can get to know you better.

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Hi Everyone,
I am a recovering alcoholic/addict. I had 11 years clean/sober time but went back out in 2005. i am very grateful to say that on Aug 20 of last year I made the decision to quit again, God willing for the last time. I am a little over 9 months clean now. I realize now what sent me back to using--I forgot (or ignored) the first step. I started believing that just maybe after 11 years I had beaten my addiction and I could use/drink 'just a little" when I felt like it. Instead of being powerless over drugs and alcohol, i came to believe that my long period of sobriety made me in control. Pretty stupid. And after 6 years I hit bottom a lot lower than the first time. I nearly ended my life last summer. But God gave me another chance.
I also have a weight problem--I am about 60 pounds too heavy and I am trying to lose that weight within a year--and a long standing battle with severe depression that is fairly well controlled with meds.
My main interests in life are my family and close friends who stood by me through my addiction, my pets (and animal rescue in general), and of course living a clean and sober life to the glory of my Higher Power through whose grace I was given another chance.
I hope to find friends here on the same path as I am so we can share experience, strength, and hope.

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Hi Trish! This is a great place for support. I wish you all the best in reaching your goals. Join us at the "Drop in Centre" so we can get to know you better.

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Hey everyone! My name is Trish, and I have been in and out of recovery for about four years now. I'm only 24, but my life has been an absolute mess. I am currently on methadone for my heroin addiction, I'm hoping I'm still welcome here even though I'm not technically clean. I used to go to meetings a lot, and when I did I was clean for one year (my longest amount of clean time). But now, I lost my car, license, and live in the middle of no where with no friends or ride to the meetings which are about 20 miles away from my house.

Methadone is also making it harder for me to lose weight, and although I definitely want to lose a few pounds, my ultimate goal is to just be as healthy as possible while still taking methadone. I was just hoping to find some support here, and wish the best to all of you! emoticon

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Great having you on the team CarolM..Keep coming back!!

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Hey there Carol so good to have you join us. I think we all do things exactly when the time is right and not a day before. Hope you enjoy your time here with us.

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Good to meet you, Carolm! I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

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Hi All My name is CarolM. I am an Alcoholic! I will have 15 months in 2 days (God Willing). Wispy I know we have met before and I just now read the e-mail inviting me to this group ! I believe it was sent in Jan lol I need to check my mail more often lol I am Very happy to join you all! Keep coming back it Works!! If u work it! ~peace Carolm



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Hi there Lisa and welcome to the Team. I stay sober one day at a time with the AA programme. We are all here for each other, Im so happy you have come to join us. :o)

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Great to see you here, NanaLisa! You'll find lots of support on this team.

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Hi my name is Lisa. I'm new at this recovery program. I finally admitted to myself and my loved ones that I have a drinking problem and I want to stop. I never drove when drinking so never had a DWI or never have been arrested for any crime while drinking. I guess I'm what you call an evening, after work, or on the weekends, at home, wino. I decided I can't live like this anymore and its time I stop. I have no control once I start so I decided to end it completely. I have not had a drink for 3 weeks and I feel wonderful!
I have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren with another one due in August. I LOVE being a grandma and I spend as much time as I have available with my grandbabies. They are the love of my life! My other love of my life is my husband of 34 yrs this June. I never allowed my kids or grandkids to see me drunk and for this I am grateful. But I know if I kept up this way of life, it would only be a matter of time before that happened. I like to be in control and being drunk is total loss of that need. So now I have control, I hold the reins, and I will not let them go!
I look forward to getting to meet and know all of you!

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Glad you're here, Ali! This is a wonderfully supportive place to be.

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Ali, emoticon !!! Glad you've joined us! We've got a state convention in October that's being held in a Beautiful! location! The info's at www.aageorgia.org. Atlanta's supposed to hold the international convention in 2015. (I'm new enough to the realm outside the group to not be particularly familiar with the difference between conference and convention...)
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Hi there Ali, so good to have you wish us. This sure is the place, SP to get healthy bodywise. Ive been here three years and love it.

Im disabled and so lose weight slowly, but have found a way of eating that suits me down to the ground and I can see myself living for the rest of my life. It is an eating plan for those of us with assorted ills including diabetes, grain intolerance, fibro and assorted issues.

Looking forward to getting to know you.

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Hi I am Ali and I am an Alcoholic.

I live in Cincinnati and am a super-active member of AA. By Gods grace I was gifted sobriety in August 2006. Since then I have fallen in love with the fellowship and love love love to attend conferences! If there is a good conference in your area please let me know ~ I enjoy packing up my pups and going on a road trip to recovery events.

Thank you all for your support on this weight loss journey. I really hope that this is the year where I can begin to feel healthy (weight-wise) and positive about my body.

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Leslie, I'm with Aurlie, I thought you were here already as well. I know I'm in some other group with ya! It's great to see you here! Pop on over to the "Drop in Centre for a Chat and a smile"

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How funny, Leslie. Somehow I thought you were a member of this group all along.
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Hi there Leslie, so happy to have your join our group and look forward to getting to know you as well. :o)

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Hi, I'm Leslie. I am an alcoholic in recovery. I will celebrate 10 years of sobriety on March 15, 2012. I am active in AA in my community and enjoy sponsoring other women, offering my experience, strength, and hope. I've been married for 40 years, I have three grown sons, a granddaughter 10 months old. I will turn 60 in August, God willing. I have taught special education since 1976.
I'm anxious to get to know all of you.


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Welcome, this is a great place to find support!

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Tricia, I am so happy to see you have joined this team as well. We are a supportive, caring and friendly bunch. Check in often so we can get to know you. Hugs Wispy.

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emoticon Tricia!! I am so glad you joined the team! You are among friends! Congratulations on your recovery achievements! Keep up with your wonderful progress! WOOHOO!! I hope to see you join us in our daily chats. Sending Missouri hugs to you. Have a wonderful weekend.


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emoticon emoticon emoticon Welcome Tricia..Great to meet you!! I look forward to getting to know you! Please feel free to stop by my page and add me as a friend if you like!!

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I am recovering codependent and a food addict and chronically disorganized. I started 12 steps for overeating in 2001. I have been free from codependency 2003, chocolate 2004, depression 2005, and candy and cookies 28 days. My higher power is restoring me to sanity, one day at a time! I'm in Utah.

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Sami, Welcome to our team of caring friends! I am so glad that you joined our group. I have every confidence in you that you WILL succeed in your ultimate weight-loss goal! Sending Missouri hugs to you. Have a wonderful weekend!


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Hi there and welcome again Sami. We can never have too many smiles and hugs.

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Belated WELCOMES to Leni, Pat and Katie! I am so honored that you joined our group. Please, join us in our chats so that we get to know one another better. Always remember, you are among friends who will support and encourage you in the most positive ways. Have a wonderful remaining week in recovery. Sending hugs from Missouri.


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Hello Katie..glad you are here!! Yes..you have a great plan! Please let me know if I can help in anyway!!

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emoticon emoticon emoticon Pat...It's great having you on our team! I am looking forward to getting to know you!!

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Hi there Pat and welcome to the Team. Please come on over and post on the main thread.

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Welcome Pat. I'm looking forward to getting to know you. I've found this to be a very supportive team.

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Hi everyone my name is Pat. I am a 57 year old women, still working and enjoying life. I have been married for 37 years and have one son the age of 32. He has three wonderful children. They use to live in Iowa, however when the job situation fell apart he moved to Florida, it's been a challenge. My husband is now cancer free for 2 years,we are very pleased, and he is learning to live with the results of treatment. Recovery is very important part of my daily life. Looking forward to getting etch one of you and walking this road together.
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Hey Leni - good to have you join us. Yes Christmas can be a difficult time for all of us I think. I know my early years of sobriety were a nightmare. I used to just kind of get through it one day at a time as best I could.

Congrats on your sobriety and clean-ness, if thats the right word, come to that - if it even is a word :o)

Its great to be able to share with friends in RL, but also on line and being able to talk about we really feel is so very good for lifting the spirits.

Hugs Wispy.

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Good to see you here, Leni! This is a very supportive team. Welcome!

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Hi , I'm Leni,a former RN ~ mother of 2 girls ~ grandmother of 2 girls & 2 boys,all grown I no longer have anyone to ," Take care of, " except for my rescues,5 cats & 2 dogs & me. Quite a handful,especially since my last rescue is a 4 month old Jack Russel Terrier !! I am a recovering alcoholic and crack cocaine user. 16 years & 21 years sober respectively. I am also an ex-smoker. I have beaten a lot of demons in my life and am very proud of that. Now I'm workin' on being the best me I can be. I belong to Alcoholics Anonymous & thank God I do because I get no support what so ever from my family, which certainly adds to my depression. Also, this time of year is so difficult for so many of us, isn't it ? Alas~~ ONE DAY AT A TIME.
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Patricia..Mandie..Angel

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Welcome to Friends in Recovery..It's great having you on the team! I am sorry I am late with my welcome..been battling computer problems! Please let me know if can help in anyway!

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Hi there Angel, so happy to have you join us. Looking forward to getting to know you on the threads.

Hugs Wispy.

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I have 6 years. MA is my primary fellowship but I am going to start na soon.

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Hi there Mandie welcome to the Team. Many of us seem to have a food addiction as well as other addictions. When I stopped drinking and smoking I found the food (which really was my primary addiction from early childhood) just took over again. I know I cant afford to let go of Spark of I want to keep the weight I have lost off and also hopefully lose some more.

Left to my own devices I forget how much I want this. I am a very grateful sober alcoholic.

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Patricia and Mandie, WELCOME to our team! You are among friends that will support and encourage you in the most positive ways. Please, join us in our daily chats. Would enjoy getting to know you both better. Have a wonderful day in recovery! Sending hugs from Missouri.


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Hi all my name is Mandie. I am a recovering drug addict I have been clean for over four years. Slowly but surely my addiction became food now instead of drugs. I am also a carb addict. I had lost over 30 pounds on here before I got married in 2010. But since have gained it all back I got lazy and preoccupied with moving into our new house and my son (he has autism). So sometimes I put myself last. I need to quit doing this because I am miserable and I get depressed. I am at 200 pounds and I am only 5 foot one. I feel horrible. I exercised today now that my son is in kindergarten I have no excuse because I don't work. One day at a time I know I will over come this too.

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Welcome, Patricia! It's good to have you with us.

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Hi there Patricia and welcome to the Team. We are all recovering from one form of addiction or another on this team.
I am sober over forty year in AA and very pleased to meet you.

Look forward to getting to know you on the daily threads.

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"Give thanks for everything until you are absolutely sure it is not a blessing in disguise." Eastern Proverb.
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"Be the change you wish to see in the world.." Mahatma Gandhi.
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"Quitters never win and winners never quit." Anon
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I my name is Patricia, I have been clean and sober (n.a., a.a) for the past 4 yrs. as we all know, when you get clean, our health tends to gain weight. Currently, I weigh 200lbs. and it is nice to see there is a communithy of friends in recovery. Just started sparkspeople and I happy to be w/a group who understands. Please reach out to me, I wld. really like to be a team member and learn. Thank you! Like we all know one day at a time. emoticon

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