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by Richard C
Sat May 09, 2009 11:17 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Hitting Rock Bottom - shared experiences
Replies: 61
Views: 12973

I think that part in the big book about the "jumping off place" about hits it for me. There are different kinds of bottoms but the one that really did me in was an absolute terrifying feeling of loneliness. I've always been a loner, but this time it was different. I couldn't get the effect I wanted ...
by Richard C
Thu Apr 23, 2009 9:33 am
Forum: A.A. Birthdays!
Topic: April
Replies: 37
Views: 16475

I'm Richard and I'm an alcoholic.

Grateful to be alive. Truly!

I celebrated 3 years on April 21st.

Thank you for my sobriety.
by Richard C
Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:42 pm
Forum: But We Aren't a Glum Lot ...
Topic: Only in Maine (many pics)
Replies: 7
Views: 4866

Wonderful. The best Christmas ever for me was when I was about 10 or 11. Christmas Morning, a fresh snow, and after the presents were opened and breakfast was devoured, we noticed a Moose cow and calf just hanging out and resting under a tree in our front yard. They stayed there for about 3 hours, a...
by Richard C
Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: A More Gentle Way to Step 4?
Replies: 6
Views: 1945

I found that when I finally stopped complaining about step four and sat down with pen and paper and did it it was fine. Took me most of a weekend. Before I finally did it, I was sure to drink eventually as a normal course of my disease. Helped me immeasurably. After all, it was only with me and for ...
by Richard C
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:36 pm
Forum: A.A. Birthdays!
Topic: Happy Birthday, JAK
Replies: 13
Views: 6279

Smappy Purfday! Wish you one more day!
by Richard C
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:44 am
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: If there was a pill you could take...
Replies: 31
Views: 6895

If there was a pill you could take...

... That would allow you to safely drink recreationally without the negative consequences we are all too familiar with, that would physically allow us to drink like "normal" drinkers, basically "cure" us, would you? A one time only pill or shot, like a vaccine or futuristic gene therapy. Personally,...
by Richard C
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:25 am
Forum: Discussions
Topic: Is there a difference between alcoholism and drug addiction?
Replies: 50
Views: 14232

For me, the spiritual part of me, the part that needed to be medicated in any way, shape or form, is what drove me to the bottom of my hole. The vehicle was mostly alcohol, but there was definitely some other stuff pushing me along. Thank God for drugs; got me here faster. That said, I do think ther...
by Richard C
Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: But We Aren't a Glum Lot ...
Topic: It's official!!!!!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 9602


I think you are about due for a bacon celebration! May the pork be with you!
by Richard C
Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: first day again and again and again and again.....
Replies: 32
Views: 7985

We often hear about trying to take the "kinder, softer, way" through our problems. In my experience, working the steps to the best of my ability with the help of a friend who has also done the steps has been the kinder, softer way. A little bit of work and a program of daily maintenance has made me ...
by Richard C
Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:12 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: Our Hobbies.
Replies: 91
Views: 28082

I've been going nuts with woodwork for the last few months. I built a complete built-in office set for my beloved Mac and it's peripherals, made some extra cupboards for my kitchen, recycled some crap IKEA stuff into interesting end tables and a coffee table, put up numerous shelves, and refinished ...
by Richard C
Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: If It Doesn't Fit Anywhere Else
Topic: Does anyone know this nut?
Replies: 12
Views: 4183

Well, I guess the only physical away to stay sober is to not drink (or use). The problem is, If you still have an honest to goodness choice in this regard, you may not need to be here. I know a guy who decided long ago that AA wasn't for him and just quit for various reasons. Hasn't had a drink for ...
by Richard C
Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:20 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Topic: A Noob at 25 Hours.
Replies: 12
Views: 3234

Right on Lily!
by Richard C
Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:39 pm
Forum: For the Newcomer
Replies: 11
Views: 3355

Good luck, 4Beers.

If you really want to quit, AA is a good place to be. Wish you well.
by Richard C
Sat Sep 27, 2008 8:51 pm
Forum: Discussions
Topic: How to live your life sober and happy
Replies: 2
Views: 2200

Welcome, Sabrina! At 5 days, you have the booze out of your system. Make sure you keep the ol' blood sugar up and get plenty of rest. Lot's of folks around here recommend orange juice and chocolate. Could be worse, if you think about it. Also: You've probably heard this before, but try to void being...
by Richard C
Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:13 pm
Forum: Discussions
Replies: 9
Views: 7855

Don't give up. Just one more day...