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Am I the only "Drunk" here???

Discussion in 'Friends of Bill W.' started by RSV445, Dec 24, 2009.

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  1. clyde2801

    clyde2801 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Wow, I can't believe it took me so long to find out about this group!

    Clyde A., and through the grace of God and this simple program, I have not had to take a drink since 8/4/2000.

    Congrats, Drew! I've been taking your xhaler #7 model to my home group (and to a conference) for a bit now; the irony! (I'll observe the 12th tradition.)

    Two things about the xhaler (and pvs) and meetings.

    1. As long as I'm not obnoxious and use my xhaler as a smog machine, I can vape during non-smoking meetings in my home group. There's going to be a lot of controversy when my home group has a vote on going smoking or non smoking this Sunday. Thanks in part to Drew, I have truly been placed in a position of neutrality.

    2. You would not believe the looks I got when I showed someone my xhaler on the floor of a conference (must have been a lot of 'dual winners' there).

    And Johnny, congrats to you, too! Keep volunteering, and following the 'old farts' around. My first sponsor-God rest his soul-gave me the single best piece of advice concerning early sobriety:

    "......nit Clyde, when you're feeling restless, irritable and discontented, and nothing else will work, you need to go over to the clubhouse, find someone that's doing worse off than you are, ask him about his problems and shut the f*<k up and listen to him. It works every time." And it does, every time.
  2. Spankmeister

    Spankmeister Full Member

    Feb 22, 2010
    South Florida
    Howdy Folks...
    I am Darren and am an alcoholic...
    Been sober since 2/13/99...just celebrated 11yrs a couple of weeks ago!
    Actually, a old sponsor came to visit me from Michigan (where I used to live and got sober) and he had a e-cig, I was curious as I have been smoking for just about 20yrs and was getting ready to take some steps to quit...
    Found this place and after hours of searching (you know, 150% or nothing at all) finally bought a 501 and a KR8...
    Only got them this week, so I am new to this, but looking forward to getting to know folks...:)
  3. Debbie

    Debbie Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 13, 2009
    South Jersey
    Hey guys!

    Just celebrated 20 years 2 weeks ago. It's good to see lots of 'friends' here. One addiction at a time for me. And it's now time to tackle the nic addiction. I wish everyone continued sobriety, one day at a time.

  4. Peg0325

    Peg0325 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 12, 2010
    Western PA
    Hi everybody!
    My name is Peg and I am an alcoholic. My sobriety date is 1/17/87. I'm currently not active in our fellowship, but like to keep in touch a little bit and try to support out local club with my dues and a little donation. I always intend to get more active...Times when I was active, were some of the best.

    Looking forward to making some friends in here.

    Best regards!
  5. D103

    D103 Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    cedar rapids, iowa
    I see there have been no posts for quite awhile but I wanted to put my hat in the ring
    with fellow friends of Bill W. I've been sober for twenty-six years and a certified substance abuse counselor for twenty-four years. I've also now been tobacco free for the past two months and all because of electronic cigs. I never thought I would be able to stop smoking, but with e-cigs it has been literally effortless - so far. If anyone wants to post or send a message or e-mail please do so. Thanks, and Easy Does It
  6. taxicat

    taxicat Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 18, 2010
    atlanta (norcross)
    Hello Friends!

    Newbie here....will receive my eGo tomorrow.

    Wow! Alot of long time sobriety here. This is not meant to offend anybody....would love to see more of you at mtgs.

    I sobered up on 12/10/84. Meetings and my sponser got me through some really tough times.

    I attend one mtg/week. It's my home group and have been a member since I sobered up. Least I forget, even with my time sobeer, I am still just one drink away.



    Oct 20, 2010
    Brady Texas
    maybe you could guide me to a meeting ???? I will be in Galvaston Next month to celebrate 10 years will a cruise!!!
  8. WickedFish

    WickedFish Full Member

    Jun 16, 2010

    Perhaps the set of people you have observed are not a truly accurate representation of all addicts and alcoholics?

    If most of the people you see are still struggling or are in active treatment.....then you are likely to have a skewed sample.

    While I agree that it is a good idea to encourage newbies ( 1 to 5 years) to commit to the whole program, someone who has 21 years....or 15 ( like myself) and has never done the twelve steps is not likely to benefit that much. - (Unless they are having signifigant life difficulties)

    I don't mean to crap on you, or AA as a program.....but with only 15 years, there is no way I'm going to give any unsolicited advice on staying sober to Rodney, who has 21.

    That's always been an aspect of AA that rubbed me the wrong way. There is this odd competitive streak that sneaks in. If I go to more meetings than you, then I'm more of an authority...if I did the twelve steps and you didn't, then I am more of sober than you.

    By the same token, just because I have 15 years doesn't mean I'm "more sober" than you.
  9. Desert_Rose

    Desert_Rose Full Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    IMO .... in the end that's all that matters!!! :D Congrats to all friends of Bill W.!

    My name is Christina, & I am an alcoholic.....

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    courage to change the things I can,
    and wisdom to know the difference... Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
  10. sobero4

    sobero4 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 9, 2010
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    My name is Mark and I am a recovering alcoholic. My belly button birthday is 07-05-80 and my real birthday is 12-08-04. I am a CLEAN and SOBER member of AA, but I am addicted as hell to vaping. I quit smoking cigarettes about 18 months ago. From the first electronic cigarette kit I had mailed to me that led to that first drag of vapor, I have never touched an analog since. Nice to know there are some friends of Bill Wilson here. Congratulations on your new-found freedom and happiness. I hope the promises have came true for you as they truly have for me. I've been on an AA hiatus myself due to the fact that I have just completed a registered nursing program. Now I'm just waiting to take State boards and have recently had time to go to more meetings. It feels good to be back home in the rooms. Take care and keep coming back
  11. tybin

    tybin ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Sep 17, 2010
    evening Sober. congrats on finishing the nursing program:)
  12. tj99959

    tj99959 ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Aug 13, 2011
    Congrats Deb on 20, that's a big deal in my book.
  13. rwechsler

    rwechsler Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 2, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hey, I'm Rick and I'm an alcoholic.
  14. rwechsler

    rwechsler Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 2, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA

    I'm only 18 (19 in a couple months), but I suppose my allergy progressed faster than others'. Anyways, my sobriety date is September 11, 2010 and today I have 585 days sober. Glad I found this thread
  15. Wuzznt Me

    Wuzznt Me Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 2, 2011
    Twilight Zone
    Hi Rick. Alcoholism knows no boundry on age. Congrats on 585. I've got a friend that came in when she was 20. Celebrated 24 years last month.
  16. rwechsler

    rwechsler Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 2, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    That's incredible! Always inspiring to year of young people getting sober and staying sober for most of their lives. My sponsor also got sober at 17, and he's 28 now and has 11 years without ever having relapsed. He has what I want, and i'm on my way to a likewise accomplishment, one day at a time :)
  17. Foxman

    Foxman Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    Feb 18, 2012
    Trussville al
    My name is Randy and I'm a DRUNK. I got sober 9/16/1989. The best day of the rest of my life one day at a time. Glad I found you guys. I was just elected GSR for my home group in Trussville AL. I'm also becoming a VapaHolic, lol. WAAAZZZZZ UUUUPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP.
  18. r77r7r

    r77r7r ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Welcome oldtimer.
  19. Foxman

    Foxman Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    Feb 18, 2012
    Trussville al
    Pretty strange that my sponsor called me an oldtimer the other day on the phone, lol Do we haver any of us on here from Alabama?????????

    Thanx 777
  20. Feuille

    Feuille Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 16, 2012
    Hello everybody,

    Some really inspiring recovery stories here. Congratulations. Very new to recovery myself - 6 months clean. Mostly just resting for now as the mental and physical toll of my addiction were pretty high.

    Hoping that we can get this party for friends of Bill.W and sister fellowships started again.

    Much love & keep coming back.


    Feuille - addict in recovery since 12.01.12 (just realised that my date even looks pretty :D )
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