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Post Info TOPIC: Freedom - what freedom has sobriety given you?


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This was the topic at last night's meeting...

 

For me:

I have gained...

the freedom to answer my phone whenever it rings without worrying about remembering who I talked to, what I said or whether I made an a$$ of myself during the conversation.

freedom from having to check Facebook first thing in the morning to make sure that I didn't post anything offensive the previous evening while drunk

freedom from having to take out the trash before my husband gets home from work so he won't see how many beer bottles are in the trash

freedom to hop in my car and run an errand or visit family whenever the mood strikes me without having to be worried about being too drunk to drive

these are just a few - anyone else want to add their thoughts?



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Freedom from the bondage of self, no one could imprison me like me.



-- Edited by The Addiction Club on Monday 20th of February 2012 08:14:29 PM

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Freedom from guilt, shame, regret...for starters! :)

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The freedom to be the person I was supposed to be. I get to have a great life with the potential to be even better instead of a trainwreck of a life that was getting worse. I would say it's been a good pay off :)

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The freedom of not being afraid of the truth!

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Hi Christine, love what you wrote, exactly me.

Freedom to live a healthy life... start a diet, end a diet, screw up a diet for other reasons than drinking...
Freedom to work out in the morning because I don't feel as though I will die of a heart attack from drinking...
Freedom to be happy when the sun shines on my face
Freedom to snuggle my kids because I don't have a head ache
Freedom to open myself up to my friends, the way I used to be a friend to them, or meant was meant to be if they are new.

Freedom to know you.

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Freedom from stupidity.

I haven't done one stupid thing in the 15 months I've been sober.

All the other stuff too, but that one really stands out for me right now.

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Freedom to enjoy life today and to be present in the moment. That's been my greatest reward, to date. There's more, of course, but not for today.



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Literal Freedom, after 6-8 drunk in publics and 2 DUIs, numerous probations. Freedom to travel. All of my decisions, about where I'd go revolved around if booze was there or I could take it with me. After being arrested out of town a couple times, that limited me in town. Had incidents during most holidays and birthday, so I stayed home on those occasions. The circle was getting smaller and soon I would have only left the house to work. Since sobriety, I've owned one business continuously, traveled abroad extensively, take 5 or 7 good vacations a year (ski trip #3 starts next friday). Very Happily married 15 years (19 year relationship). All of that being external, I've been free to be myself, instead of who I thought you'd like me to be, which means I've been free to be honest, free to talk about how I really feel, free to say No.

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StPeteDean wrote:

 I've been free to be myself, instead of who I thought you'd like me to be, which means I've been free to be honest, free to talk about how I really feel, free to say No.


 This has been the greatest gift for me as well Dean. Well said.



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