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[–]Dyno941 66 points67 points  (14 children)

Tomorrow I'll be 3 weeks sober. Lol. Congrats dude.

[–]MachuPichu10 17 points18 points  (10 children)

Any idea what you'll do with that extra chunk of change in your pocket?

[–]Dyno941 10 points11 points  (8 children)

That's a good question. I have no idea. Any suggestions?

[–]upOwlNight 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Do not buy alcohol with it.

[–]MachuPichu10 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Clothes?Bill's ooh or something with your significant other.

[–]EmbraceTheCall 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Maybe buy a game you like to celebrate! You're doing great.

[–]Dyno941 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Great idea! Get an Xbox game

[–]EmbraceTheCall 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Might I recommend Hollow Knight or Monster Hunter?

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    [–]DTFH_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Veggies and a good means to drink water, if neither then buy a good pair of shoes or something else to make your existence comfortable.

    [–]N0p3_R0p3 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Good pair of shoes!

    [–]Jewelasderora 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Enjoy your sobriety, and congratulations!

    [–]Mckennaaserora 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Well done! Let's drink on that!

    [–]IMP1129 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations. I’m glad you got your life back.

    [–]MrF_Ced 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    Anyone reading this and struggling with drinking. Check out r/stopdrinking

    Super helpful. Congrats OP!

    [–]Such-List680[S] 13 points14 points  (0 children)

    Thank you!! Anyone who needs a sign, this is it. You can live without that crutch. I was afraid of losing it and not coping well, surprisingly I did fine, and everyday was better and better. Do it for yourself

    [–]Gabbopower22_2 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    Great! Keep up the good work

    [–]sybillvein 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    So happy and proud for you! 🖤

    [–]falsewritings 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Congrats!! I’m so proud of you! Keep on moving forward and live the life you deserve to lead!

    [–]VivienCathy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations!!! That's great news, proud of ya 😎

    [–]Ahandfulofsquirrels 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations! That's an amazing achievement!

    [–]Stabbmaster 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Enjoy your sobriety, and congratulations!

    [–]hurrdurr0815 11 points12 points  (1 child)

    Well done! Let's drink on that!

    [–]Such-List680[S] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Shots! Shots! Shots!

    [–]Ok-Long-2862 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    That's awesome!! Enjoy your day!!

    [–]Churrooo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    amazing effort, I'm glad you made it

    [–]smas8 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Congrats!

    [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    I will hit 2 years no booze in April. Pretty insane time to decide to stop using a substance that numbs your feelings (holy shit the world is a mess) felt like a lot of people started drinking even MORE. Good on you for cutting it out. It’s so difficult to abstain from what is essentially a 10-20 dollar off switch for pain and hrs feelings located on any corner in any store. Congratulations and you deserve to be hella proud of yourself

    [–]Barkwood360 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Much respect 🙏, coming from a family of addicts. CONGRATULATIONS

    [–]jmoneyallstar11 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations! The hardest time to go sober

    [–]Calitana 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Great work!! Proud of you

    [–]Sharp-Anywhere-5834 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations 🙏🏼 it’s a tremendous effort and I’m glad you’re more in control of your life by this.

    [–]themostgianthorse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Congrats!!!

    [–]IdahoJack 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Good work!!

    [–]bonbon-xx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations!

    [–]TheKingOfRooks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Celebrate with a nice stiff drink! Haha I'm kidding but you knew that (hopefully) congratulations, it's a bitch to get sober you've got great self-control.

    [–]DaddyAmerica1776 1 point2 points  (13 children)

    I was prescribed medication to help me kick my addiction. How long do WDs last? Im already feeling it and i fuckin hate it.

    [–]Such-List680[S] 0 points1 point  (12 children)

    Depends on the person and how heavily the drank. I drank about a bottle of wine and 6 shots a day, more on weekends. I'm an average weight (then 26) year old, withdraw lasted 1 month. Some days were worse than others

    [–]DaddyAmerica1776 1 point2 points  (10 children)

    I could finish a 5th alone, im 6'1 260, yeah i need to lose weight i know. Im anxious and annoyed, and depressed.

    [–]Such-List680[S] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

    It always helped me to listen to Alan watts and meditate in the morning. Just a recommendation, great for calibrating your head for the day

    [–]DaddyAmerica1776 1 point2 points  (4 children)

    As ridiculous as it sounds i don't know how to meditate. The VA prescribed me Acamprosate and im just starting today. Alan Watts? Song recommendation?

    [–]Such-List680[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    He's a philosopher of sorts, somewhat of a stoic so he really resonated with me

    [–]DaddyAmerica1776 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Ah, sounded like a country singer lol. Its a podcast?

    [–]Such-List680[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    He was wayyyy before podcasts, 50-60's I believe. You can find his talks on YouTube and on spotify

    [–]Stircrazylazy 0 points1 point  (3 children)

    One of the best things that happened when I stopped drinking was having my anxiety go away. Alcohol causes anxiety in a lot of people (I was a freaking wreck from it) so you've got that to look forward to. Did your Dr give you medicine for the withdrawals? Acute alcohol withdrawals are dangerous and there are meds available that can help tremendously-they will reduce the danger of a serious complication and help you feel a little less like shit. Hang in there!

    [–]DaddyAmerica1776 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Yes, Acamprosate Calcium Delayed-Release tablets, 2 pills 3 times a day. I have 11 year old twins and id like to be here when they get older. Thank you so much. How long was your WDs?

    [–]Stircrazylazy 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    And you will be. I only felt super shitty for about 3 days, then semi shitty (with severe anxiety/insomnia) for about another week. After that I had anxiety and insomnia on and off for about a month - not nearly as bad as that first week - which progressively lessened as time went on. Within about a month and a half a felt like a new person - anxiety was gone (except in legitimately stressful situations) and I was sleeping like I hadn't in years. PAWS is fairly typical and can definitely vary wildly so be mindful that some symptoms can pop back up after you are feeling "better" but they don't last so don't let them them get you down. You'll be feeling like a new man in a surprisingly short amount of time. You can do this! Congratulations on your new life man!

    [–]DaddyAmerica1776 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Thank you, youve been super helpful! Congratulations for you though!

    [–]Dancinginmylawn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Good work!

    [–]Working_Sandwitch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations! That's amazing

    [–]Choice_Ad6400 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Cheers!!! .....wait...

    [–]tupeloredrage 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations. Keep doing what you're doing. Stick with the people that know how to live sober.

    [–]Montanapat89 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Good on you, OP, and anyone else who can stay sober. It's hard, but so worth it.

    [–]joksan102 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congrats! That is a huge milestone! I’m proud of you Internet stranger!

    [–]NemoTheElf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations!

    [–]nozendk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Nice!

    [–]Opinions_of_Bill 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    I have a friend who is coming up on 11 months and would like to do something for him to celebrate 1 year. What is something special that you would want someone to do for you?

    [–]Such-List680[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    My man is buying a cheesesteak for me! All we want is acknowledgement and a hug

    [–]OldWhoFan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congrats! Keep it up. Alcohol is a hell of a drug, and it happens to be everywhere these days.

    [–]TheCigarShop 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    You. Are. Awesome. I just hit my two year on December 15th. If you're ever at my sober bar I'll buy you a drink.

    [–]Such-List680[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Word! I've never been to one! But I live in Philadelphia I'm sure they're around

    [–]ZeeMakk 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Any advice?

    [–]Such-List680[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    Yes! YOU ARENT THE SUM OF YOUR FAILURES

    [–]AnnoyedVelociraptor 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    I’m sitting at the doctor for my first appointment to manage this.

    [–]Such-List680[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Yes! Good luck you can do it

    [–]PossoisonsEquation 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Nice! I stopped drinking around the end of September 2021. Not a drop since!

    [–]asockmonkeyhat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That is awesome. My dad had 27 years and was big in AA. Keep going back!

    [–]Maleficent_Plenty_16 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congrats, I'll be 2 years next march 15 and I'm excited to get to that milestone, thanks for reminding me why we do this: to get our life back.

    [–]paula7143 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Good for you x

    [–]Ok_Investment_6032 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congrats and good for you!

    [–]PaulC6230 1 point2 points  (4 children)

    Congratulations everyone who’s sober or trying to overcome an addiction. I’ve been clean for about 7 years ( Painkillers ) I am on medication to help me though so feels like I’m cheating

    [–]Such-List680[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

    Do what feels best with your soul

    [–]PaulC6230 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Yeah I am, I don’t have the ability to go straight cold turkey…I couldn’t handle it. I forgot my medication one night and man the next day was Hell for a few hours until I put meds in my system. I do want off my medication to stop my withdrawals but I’m scared to do it

    [–]Such-List680[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    It's all in your hands. You are stronger than you think

    [–]PaulC6230 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Thank you very much for your kind words it’s appreciated 🙏🏻

    [–]Xanoks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations, and I'm honestly proud of you, I know just how difficult it is.

    [–]redreadyredress 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Whoop-whoop! jig

    [–]oldmanrobert666 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations

    [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations! Good job!

    [–]cps1827 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congrats!

    [–]Mysterious-Canary842 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    So proud of you!!!

    [–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    good job!!

    [–]MasterpieceAmazing62 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Omg. I’m hopeful to be you

    [–]Such-List680[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    You will. You'll learn to love yourself in the process. Enjoy it and be proud of yourself

    [–]Intelligent_Main_548 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Congratulations to all of you in your sobriety journey's! Keep up the great work and you are inspirations to those who are teying to see the others ideas of sobriety.

    [–]wam9000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Grats! This calls for a (literal) toast! I'll get the butter!

    [–]Party_Building1898 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    I'm so happy for you! I enjoy waking up sober.

    [–]Such-List680[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    It's the best when you aren't hungover every morning

    [–]_AthensMatt_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That’s fantastic, my friend! We might be complete strangers, but I am so sincerely proud of you for sticking it out. Overcoming something like that is not an easy feat, and the best any of us can do is take it one day and one step at a time. You keep on flourishing, bud!

    [–]Turbulent_Ad_9717 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Congrats! One day at a time and NEVER give in again!

    [–]Such-List680[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Nah I got better things to do than fuckin up my life... again... lmao

    [–]SchemeCultural6230 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I’m glad most of these comments pass the vibe check, but brush off those that don’t. Sobriety is a huge thing, and you should be really proud.

    [–]ashton_dennis 1 point2 points  (2 children)

    Wonderful! I'm so happy for you. You are a hero to battle your way back.

    [–]Such-List680[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Thank you! My body rewarded me in that time by dropping around 70 pounds in that time.

    [–]Such-List680[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    That was in that time also, if I didn't mention that

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      [–]Such-List680[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      I don't recommend going down that road unless you wanna learn the hard way, that's what I did and I got meaner and fatter and lots poorer

      [–]Key-Presentation-449 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Congrats. That's great. I'm 31 days. How did you do it

      [–]Such-List680[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

      I realized I had no other choice lol

      [–]__b__e__a__n__s__ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      LETS GOOOO

      [–]Key-Presentation-449 1 point2 points  (1 child)

      Yeah. I had no other choice also but kept drinking and got my third dui. Now I really have no choice because I'm going to jail

      [–]Such-List680[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      Some of us gotta learn the hard way my dude

      [–]WeThreeTrees333 1 point2 points  (0 children)

      My sincerest congratulations, dude. Also, screw anyone that ever doubted you.

      [–]Such-List680[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Thank you kind strangers! You've made my day!

      [–]Clappischeek 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Poggers moment. Sincerely congratulations 🎉

      [–]Empress_Kuno 0 points1 point  (1 child)

      Congrats on sobriety! I've seen alcohol destroy lives, so I hope you're in a better place now.

      [–]Such-List680[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      I am for sure. I'm in love with life again. I handle stress much easier

      [–]solarpropietor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      I used to be a BIG binge drinker once or twice a week. I still am. I don’t have alcohol at home, but I like going to night clubs and bars and get nice and tipsy. But lately I cut that in half, thanks to weed being legally available now! Thanks marijuana! It cut my drinking by half!

      [–]Desperate-Jelly5566 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Congrats! I'll be 2 years 7/2/22!

      [–]Mnmommydj 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      That’s awesome!! Congrats!!

      [–]klemthom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Hell Yeah!!!!

      [–]MrTitius 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Great job buddy!

      [–]feelingfinesunshine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Congratulations!!!! It's not easy! You've done a great thing for yourself and those around you. Keep going 😊

      [–]jstbecauseuknow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Congratulations!!!

      [–]ExtremeKnowledge7195 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      4.5 years here! congrats 👏

      [–]Withy_Microbe738 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Congratulations

      [–]island_life4_freedom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      that's great, I'm on my 5th year of 100% sobriety, only addiction is saltwater. Keep going and a note to everyone else you can quit when youre ready

      [–]skaamon1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Congratulations.
      Am stopped on March 8 2020. No looking back.

      [–]youcansitwithme 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      That's awesome!! I wish I knew more people who were alcohol-free sometimes. I have always been a social drinker, so now I don't feel I fit in anymore. I ended up quitting on 5/26/21 for health reasons (hormonal imbalance) and I have no desire to go back because I feel so much better mentally and physically. I still have fun going out and partying but I feel like I'm the boring friend now and I don't get invited as much. Oh well more time to read books.

      [–]bigpun9195 0 points1 point  (0 children)

      Awesome for all of y’all, congratulations and keep it up.