Day One

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Day One

Unread postby Soberlonghaul » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:09 pm

This is my first day here and my first day sober. I am a truck driver, I don't drink while I'm out on the road but I sure do when I get home. I make a list of all the things I wish to do when I get in town and after the first night of drinking I don't even look at the list again. My hang overs take three days to go away and I get very very depressed. I'm tired of it. So today I have said enough and I want to tell you about it so I have someone to talk to when it gets hard. I have met a wonderful girl and I know that booze will take her away from me. I choose her. Thats why I can here so you can help me. Going to meetings is tough for me since my truck is too big for most places, but maybe this site can help.

I want this sooo bad. I can't wait to meet everyone.
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Re: Day One

Unread postby Tom's Time » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:25 am

I was in your shoes (31) days ago today. I stopped on Dec 15, 2008. There is no turning back for me, I surprised myself and found inner strength that has been sitting there idle for a long time, just never used it. In my short (31) days I have come to realize that when I talk to family and friends it makes me even stronger. There is a strong feeling of freedom when I tell folks about habits that I would otherwise be embarrassed to tell prior to stopping. I have nothing negative to tell you about the first (31) days, it's all good for me. It's kind of funny, when I joined this site I thought there would be a lot more interaction, but there was not. In retrospect I think that was good for me because I was looking for a lot of support. As it turns out the foundation that I needed to build was within myself and by myself. I told my pastor a couple of weeks ago that something that he has said over the years has finally became of use to me, he said that when you pray two things can happen, one is that the situation changes and the second is that you change in the situation. He pressed me at a finance meeting last week on why I mentioned that to him, I told him that I decided to stop drinking. Nothing worthwhile in easy, and this is worthwhile. Keep the faith and I hope you can stay strong.
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Re: Day One

Unread postby MandyCane » Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:53 pm

I wish you good luck long haul. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason. Maybe this woman came into your life and is the change you need to be successful. My husband has a drinking problem and he has been clean for almost 90 days now. We had to change our lifestyle which is hard, but it is working. We do not have liquor in the house, we do not go anywhere that we know liquor will be served until he is able to be around it and say no. It made it hard because we had to skip my family Christmas party because there was no way they would not have drinks there, but well worth it in the end. It seems like you may have a problem if you are driving and have to stay in an unfamiliar city. I would suggest making calls to your new girfriend to pass the time or come on this site and just write. I think if you can attend a meeting go it can only help. Again, best of luck to you.
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Re: Day One

Unread postby dutch9146 » Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:45 pm

This for longhaul just keep coming back to this sight and people will talk to you. I my self am involved in the transportation field so keep posting. I'll be looking forwrd to your responses. You do need to get a sponsor

Re: Day One

Unread postby co-dependant » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:04 pm

I've tried aa counsling and on my own to quite drinking totally. I'm a binge drinker and can go 30 days without a drop and then get the urge and guess what... I'll have 4-6 glasses of wine. I need on going chatting with the same issues. I would love to say I haven't had one drink for a year and then take each year at a time. How do I get started in this program? Do you need to register? Also are the chat meetings ever Tuesday @ 7:00? Is this open to everyone? I'd love to hear from someone.

Re: Day One

Unread postby KellyAC » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:08 pm

I know that you said that your truckis too big to park at meetings but meetings are a must! I don't know where I would be today without them. You have to find a way. Lets put it this way, if you were still out there drinking and you needed to get to either a bar or a state store and there was no where for you to park, you would find a way right? Well, thats the way you have to be with your recovery. You have to find a wway. You have to trerat your recovery like its you new alcohol. I know that when I was out there I would do anything that it took to get what I needed, so nothing is going to keep me from getting to where I need to go.

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