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  1. The Fool

    The Fool Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 13, 2010
    St. Louis
    Hi All,

    My name is Laurie and I am a grateful alcoholic. For the record, I celebrated 25 years of continuous sobriety on Jan. 18th of this year, but, we all know that the only day that matters is this one.

    I went through treatment twice, once at 23 and then again at 28. There is no doubt in my mind that were it not for this program I would have died years ago from drinking or by my own hand.

    I smoked for 40 years and for at least 20 of those years I sincerely wanted to quit. I tried everything, all the products as soon as they came out. Got maybe as much as 3 months together and then I'd break down and buy a pack. Often times it would come down to the feeling that I was either gonna pick up a drink or smoke a cigarette and since sobriety was my priority the cigarette got smoked. I went to Nicotine Anonymous meetings for a while, but they didn't take. It was very demoralizing. I didn't understand why I could work the steps so successfully in one area of my life and fail so completely in another. Oh well, it's kept me humble.

    I bought my first e-cigarette as soon as I heard about them, because one promises I have kept to myself is that I would never stop trying to quit. (Winners are losers who keep on trying, right?). I didn't expect much, just thought it would be yet another attempt. Boy, was I wrong! Did the inventor of this thing not hit the nail on the head? They HAD to be a fellow smoker.

    It will be 6 months this week since I had my last cigarette. That feels funny to say because I still feel like I'm smoking, but I don't stink, I can breathe and smell and taste and I'm saving a fortune!

    I sure hope they don't discover that after vaping for a couple of years your nose falls off, cause I'm gonna be looking pretty funny if that's the case.:p

    Anyway, Friends, That's all for now. Keep commin back! It works if you work it!
     
  2. Lucy05

    Lucy05 Full Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 12, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    Hi I just wanted to introduce myself. I have been sober for 26 years this year TG its been years since I attended a meeting, feeling like I had to move on. Smoking was more of an addiction then drinking for me. I have been vaping for over a year now and will never go back to smoking if I have to make the ejuice myself. I am trying to lower the nicotine in each new batch and eventually will only vape 0mg nicotine some day. I plan on continuing this habit, I love the different types of ecigs and all the wonderful flavors. I figure that ecigs have less carcinogens in them then regular cigarettes and if they are bad for you, they can't be worse then regular cigarettes. I have noticed lately after my year of vaping, when I sing and I reach higher notes then before. At least thats a improvement. Glad we have this forum to share!
     
  3. 5cardstud

    5cardstud ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 1, 2010
    Wash
    Welcome to ECf. I've been vaping for almost 10 mo. and haven't had a smoke after smoking for almost 50 yrs. I started very young. I can't worry about what they don't know instead I worry about what they do know. They know cigarettes cause cancer and other terrible things. People have been vaping for more than 2 yrs in other countries and I haven't heard of anyone having too terrible of health from it.
     
  4. tybin

    tybin ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 17, 2010
    WA
    hello. just wanted to introduce myself too. female. live in wa. haven't had a drink since aug 20,1991. good to see a sub forum full of sober folks!
     
  5. MsOceanCity

    MsOceanCity Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 7, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome! Glad to see a new poster, as this forum gets REALLY lonely:( I'm also female and live in New Jersey. Sobriety date 1/8/2004.
     
  6. tybin

    tybin ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 17, 2010
    WA
    nice to meet you :)
     
  7. MsOceanCity

    MsOceanCity Super Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 7, 2009
    New Jersey
    Nice to meet you too! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving:)
     
  8. tybin

    tybin ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 17, 2010
    WA
    i did but drivin in the snow was scarry. today it's all gone!

    and you?
     
  9. slybootz

    slybootz Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 18, 2009
    Chicago
    Hey everyone, I haven't posted on the forums for awhile, but somehow found my way back here :D

    I'm Jim, i'm an alcoholic/addict, and just celebrated my first continuous year of sobriety on November 11, 2010! Went to my home meeting, was nominated to give a lead and it made it a wonderful way to celebrate 1 year by telling my story and talking about, specifically, step one. :D

    One day at a time!
     
  10. tybin

    tybin ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 17, 2010
    WA
    well congrats on a year!
     
  11. No Brag

    No Brag Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 12, 2010
    Nebraska
     
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