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  • #31054
    Anonymous
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    5 Years Tony!!
    Enjoy your special day

    :birthday:

    #162310
    Anonymous
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    happy birthday! speech!!!

    #162309
    Anonymous
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    Wow!!!! Five years is awesome!!! Congratulations Tony!

    #162306
    Anonymous
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    Hats off to ya !

    #162316
    Anonymous
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    Happy Birthday Bro!!! Your message comes in loud and clear here. Keep passing it on.

    #162315
    Anonymous
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    Wishing you a great day!!!

    #162303
    Anonymous
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    Wow! Happy Birthday Tony! So glad you are here to share it with us!

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    #162314
    Anonymous
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    Happy B-Day !

    Wow, 5 years …….

    #162307
    Anonymous
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    Well done Tony! Congratulations!

    #162304
    Anonymous
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    Thanks guys. When I started recovery I thought that it would be so much better if I did it all by myself. What I’ve come to find out is that the real bonus points in recovery come from all the people you meet who’ve been where you’ve been and are going where you want to go. By myself, I was powerless over my addiction, but when you get enough of us together with our higher powers… well, you’ve got a power greater than alcoholism. I see it happening every day.

    Haven’t posted this in a while…

    Rome was not built in a day
    Opposition will come your way
    But the hotter the battle you see
    It’s the sweeter the victory, now

    You can get it if you really want
    You can get it if you really want
    You can get it if you really want
    But you must try, try and try
    Try and try, you’ll succeed at last

    – “You Can Get It If You Really Want”, Jimmy Cliff

    One Love, One Heart,
    Tony

    #162302
    Anonymous
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    ‘gratulations on them five years, dude.

    #162312
    Anonymous
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    Congrats on the 5 years, I just got 1 year, please if you do not mind share how you made it to 5.

    #162317
    Anonymous
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    :c029:

    5 YEARS is VERY INSPIRATIONAL!! Thank you and Congrats!!!

    #162305
    Anonymous
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    @Tazman53 1496805 wrote:

    Congrats on the 5 years, I just got 1 year, please if you do not mind share how you made it to 5.

    Well, I suspect I made it because I never stopped doing what I did to get through the first year and I got more involved in the programs. Shortly after one year, I found a very small meeting where the five core members at the time all had between 15 and 25 years sober. A lot of Friday nights it was those guys (my sober cabal I called them) and one or two other people. I found my current sponsor among those guys and I found five different examples of what long term sobriety looked like. I have to say that they were very patient with me because I asked a lot of questions and took very little at face value.

    At 18 months I returned to the N.A. meeting at the treatment center where I did rehab to get my grey key tag and because the saying is “it’s grey like duct tape, so duct tape your a*$ to a chair”, I did. I ended up taking the secretary position at that meeting and still hold it. I also became secretary of my original A.A. home group and although I have tried to pass that job on to another, I am still involved there as well. My sponsor got me to attend a sober retreat with him and (unexpectedly to me at least) nominated me for a 3 year term on the retreat’s service committee that I am just finishing up this coming year. I never saw myself as the retreat kind of guy, but I have to say that I look forward to that weekend amongst 200 men in recovery with increasing anticipation as July gets closer.

    Somewhere around the start of my second year, one of my counselors from my time at rehab asked me to give an open talk for a group in the Intensive Outpatient Program I attended. She was apparently pleased with the result and that became a pretty much every six week thing for the past three years. This particular counselor has been very important to my recovery. Several times over the past years, things have gotten very tough and she has been willing to take an hour out of her practice outside the rehab to talk with me.

    I still go to four meetings a week and I don’t miss them unless I am out of the area. I guess I’ve never considered “not feeling like it” a sufficient reason to skip a meeting. I still try to do something every day for my recovery. This site is a big part of that daily involvement. I’m reading and clicking the “thanks” button even if I’m not posting.

    And last, there is the serenity prayer. I say it every morning in the shower. I started doing that even before I realized that the whole program is in that short little prayer. I am not always immediately successful in accepting all the things I cannot change, and I’m definitely a long way a way from changing all things I can, but I think that the wisdom to know the difference is coming along as I finally grow up.

    I never expected to be this involved in recovery when I started but day to day, it doesn’t seem like a burden to me at all. It’s just what I do. I’d consider doing some different if I had a reasonable expectation that it would work as well, but I don’t spend a lot of time looking. I don’t know if I should worry about that or not.

    Maybe longer than you wanted, but you did ask.

    (Also, as my sponsor told me when he received his 30 year token, “I didn’t drink and I didn’t die.”)

    #162311
    Anonymous
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    Awesome and inspiring Tony!!! Congratulations and thank you :)!!!

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