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Well over here Splenda is made from Stevia, but it seems to be the only one that is.

Cant afford any more brain damage.... thanks for the info. emoticon

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Hey Wispy,
Isn't it great to know you're not alone?

I have found Stevia to be a wonderful alternative to artificial (and highly toxic) sweeteners like aspartame and splenda. In Italy aspartame is outlawed as it has been found to cause brain damage. NOW and Sweetleaf brands of stevia are the only ones I have found that don't have other chemicals added and they TASTE GOOD. The glycerite form is really nice for drinks like tea and cocoa and sweetening Greek yogurt, and the powdered is great for fruit like strawberries and cantaloupe. Best, Julia

PS Monika, thanks for the info.

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Julia, you can find us in the "General Team Discussion Forum" under the TOPIC "Drop in Centre for a chat and a smile" category. Looking forward to hearing from you. Hugs!


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Hi Julia, so good to meet you and I know what you mean about finding a way of eating that works for you.

My story is similar to yours - also a total carb addict and since leaving all the stuff you mention alone I too have no cravings, binges and very seldom feel hungry. I do use sweetner though. I love all the goodies that go with that and I seem to be one of those who do not find it sets up a craving.

I am diabetic so it is a wonderful way of eating for that also and deals with internal inflamation too, not to mention IBS. I do believe we are very fortunate to have found this way of life.

Sending warm hugs.

Oh yes, we hang out on the daily drop in thread for a chat and a smile up the top of this page. Looking forward to seeing your there.

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Thanks so much for the warm welcome, much appreciated! emoticon
Where do you guys do daily chats, is there a special link?

Thanks in advance,
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Julia, WELCOME to our team! You are among friends that will support and encourage you in the most positive ways. CONGRATULATIONS on your 36-pound weight loss! I am so happy that you have found the solution that works towards you living a healthier lifestyle! WooHoo! Keep up with your WONDERFUL progress! I'm hoping to hear from you in our daily chats. Sending lots of recovery hugs from Missouri. Have a Sparktacular Day!


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Hi everybody,
I am a 51 year old recovering addict with 16+years clean time in NA/AA. My main addiction besides drugs are CARBS, especially sugar and flour! Despite trying to control my flour/grain intake (ya right) and eliminating my sugar intake and weighing and measuring portions, the weight kept going up and up since menopause 4 years ago, and I packed on about 40 lbs in that time (about 10 lbs a year). In November of 2010, I hit bottom with the food, felt like crap every time I ate anything starchy, (like whole grain pasta or rice or potatoes) was needing to sleep for 2 and 3 hours in the middle of the day,hated how I felt physically overall being winded and tired all the time and finally decided to do something about it.

In November of 2010, at a top weight of 160 lbs (for me, a LOT, as I was used to being 125-130) I decided to try The Diet Solution Program by Isabel De Los Rios, and in January, I found Sparkpeople. DSP is all about eating CLEAN-no toxic additives or preservatives, no GMO's, no wheat, soy, or corn, NO sugar or artificial sweeteners, and carbs mostly from fruit and veggies (beans for example) rather than flour and grains. It was a perfect fit, because LIVING CLEAN and not putting toxins in my is where it's at for me. It's not enough for me just to not use if you're putting crap in your body with your diet and ruining your health with toxins from what you eat! For me, with trial and error and careful tracking of what I eat and how I feel, I discovered that ALL flour and grains cause fatique and weight gain, and that my body simply doesn't process them. DSP explains all this beautifully. DSP DOES allow some grains (barley, quinoa,oats, brown rice), but I found that I had to eliminate them all to feel my best.

I have lost almost 36 lbs since November, feel wonderful, and am never hungry on this plan. It seems to have really targeted the carb addiction, and for the first time, I don't feel like a bomb ready to go off like on other food plans. It's all about not putting the trigger foods in my body to start with. I use the 12 steps to stay away from them as well as drugs and alcohol one day at a time. This is not a temporary fix, it is a way of life. I am so glad to have found sparkpeople and this forum to share on, especially from a 12 step recovery viewpoint.

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Hi again Kincah, so good to see you here. I too am a carboholic and cant afford to touch the stuff without the consequent craving and binging.

You have done so well losing 130 lbs. This is a life time journey and it is so easy to get off track sometimes with food. Alcohol is so clear cut - food is around us all the time. I found the 12 step programme in AA and have used it on my other addictions as well. We are so blessed to have this way of life. I also belonged to OA for several years back in the day.
Im disabled and in my seventies now so no longer get to meetings - but I love the programme and the people.

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Welcome to our team! You are among SP friends that have a variety of recovery. I am so glad you joined our team! Because of my struggles with food, I began using the revised version of the Serenity Prayer that I found on the internet for weight loss. It has helped me throughout my journey into living a healthier life-style. I also use my 12-steps because at times I struggle with portion control. Sending hugs from Missouri. Have a wonderful weekend in recovery!

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God grant me the serenity
To make good food choices;
Courage to turn away from baked goods;
And energy to exercise daily.
Living healthy one day at a time;
Enjoying my journey;
Accepting that the road to wellness can be hard;
Taking the tools of better eating out into the world
As I should, free from the bad habits of the past;
Trusting that making wise decisions today will pay off tomorrow;
If I surrender to my will
I will not beat myself up in this life and the next
But I will remember that this is a life long journey;
A journey that is well worth every pound lost.


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I'm hoping to join this group, and I am a recovering addict, but my addiction is food. I have never been addicted to alcohol or drugs. I have been working my program for 4 years, with a group using the 12 steps and AA materials, and consequently lost 130 pounds. However, I have had slips and am now up 30 pounds. My food plan allows no sugar and flour products, as I react physically and emotionally, as it sets me up for a binge. Daily I read the AA book and the 24 Hours a Day devotion, and apply and try to live the principles. I believe the spiritual part is the key for me, along with support from a community who understands addictions.

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Judy, WELCOME to our team of caring friends! I am so glad you joined us. You're never alone in this journey of ours. You are among friends who will support you in the most positive ways. Sending lots of hugs to you.


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Hi there ladies, and welcome to our Team. This is a great place to be for support and kindness as we deal with our addictions.

Hugs Wispy.

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I am new to this group as of today. I have struggled w/ sobriety on and off for the past several years. I was on Antabuse but was having bad side effects and recently stopped. I will now have to rely on myself to keep sober. Alcohol also has added weight and needless eating to the mix. I hope to find support and give support to this group as I venture on my journey!

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Barbara Jo, WELCOME to our team! I am so glad you joined us. My daughter had seizures stemmed from her alcoholism. The doctor told us the next one could kill her if she didn't stop immediately. After she detoxed for several days in the hospital, it was recommended that she begin out-patient care (she refused) and start attending AA meetings. She did for a while because it was court-ordered. Then she quit going. Though, she isn't drinking at the time, she still has the same behaviors of a dry drunk. I no longer enable my daughter with her behaviors. Her behaviors continue to affect my 13-year old grandson. It has been nearly 2-years and the outcome doesn't look good. I found by attending AA and Al-Anon meetings, I receive a lot of support and cherished friendships. I hope to never attend another funeral of a friend that was triggered by their active alcoholism and addiction again. To this day, the families are still suffering from the pain of their losses. Sending lots of support and hugs to you.

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Welcome!! It might be helpful for you and yours to go to AA open meetings. I'm in Al-Anon but I've gotten lots of help from going to the open AA meetings. Hearing these people's stories of their experience, strength and hope has been like listening to a miracle. One day a speaker said, AA is an honest program and as I heard this I wondered if I was as honest as I could be.
Recovery is amazing!!! love, Darlene

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CORKYTHEMOM, Invited Me to Join...
This is what I wrote on the Recovery Club thread.....

My DH started having Seizures in 2002.......All the Dr's kept saying was they were Alcohol Related...Yes, He had many tests and really there was NO reason for the Seizures...
WELL....
Well May 8th 2011, He had another one............This was IT for Me.........In the Emergency room infront of the Dr. I said, I Can Not witness another seizure , I'm DONE! If You want US to get Sober and work on Our Marriage FINE! I'm willing to Quit Too..........If Not WE are Divorced!!!!!
WELL Guess what..........We have been Sober for 14 Days now...........They DEtoxeed Him in the Hospital for 4 Days then We have been on Our own...................No AA , (WOO HOO It's Free) they wanted Him to go into a Rehab place but the place that would accept His Insurance there is a LONG waiting List.................Anyway. Oh We are 57 & 59 (me) and have been imbibing for 40 some years plus did the Drug thing in the 70's,80's & 90's......
We have Not gone to AA yet.......Doesn't seem necessary............
I just want to say GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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THANK YOU FOR THE INVITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HI I'M BARBARA JO FROM COLORADO MST

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It's good you're here Melissa, for us and for you. God bless! love, Darlene

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Hi Mellisa welcome to the Team.

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Hi everyone, my name is Mellisa and I am an alcoholic/addict. I have been clean from my drug of choice (meth) for almost 6 years but alcohol is another story. When life gets stressful or throws me curve balls my first thought is to self medicate. I have been sober since April 25, 2011. Everyday is extrememly challenging and BUSY for me so I don't know how much I can participate in the message boards but I need all the help I can get. I have 3 children one which has ADHD. I am a full time student, have a business and....well, let's just say my plate is more than full. I am 31 years old and have been married to the most wonderful man a woman could ask for. Through all of my faults he has stood by my side. I too was born to an Alcoholic, my sister is a recovering alcoholic also. HELP!!

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I guess this is sort of an un-introduction. I have been getting too stressed out trying to keep up with all my Spark teams. I can't help but be very involved with each team I am part of. I believe fully that this is how Sparkpeople works. I am going to have to say goodbye to you all. It's been great being part of this family. And who knows, I could be back. I will be keeping up with all my Sparkfriends through your blogs. Thanks so much for being part of my journey. Stephanie emoticon

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Hi there Samantha, I join with the others in wishing you well.

This is a great place to find support. I too suffered with mental illness and alcoholism and co-dependency run in my family. I was also a very co-depenedent personality and have suffered with depression all my life, so booze was the natural way for me to go.

However it stopped working in the end and that was how I ended up in
AA and thankfully been sober ever since. That truly was the best day of my life although of course I didnt think so at the time. What they told me was to get sober and then find out whatever other problems I had. They assured me that if I was alcoholic, which I am, one drink was only going to make everything else worse. Since it had stopped working for me I tended to agree with them on that point.

Being sober didnt fix everything by any means, but it gave me the tools to live my life on a daily basis and to find and use the help I needed for my other problems - that had been with me long before I drank. Growing up in abusive family setting tends to warp us to a some degree. The co-dependency is also a wonderful thing to be free of. I was so dependent I also had an abusive marriage for 8 years until I finally broke free and began learing about freedom from being a co-dependent victim.

Looking forward to getting to know you.

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emoticon emoticon emoticon Samantha to our team! I am so glad you joined our team. After learning how to detach with love and without feeling guilt, I have found an inner peace that I hold on to. It became a choice between my daughter, my grandson's father or the well-being of my grandson. At the time, my grandson was living with his father. It was after my grandson finally broke down and told me what was happening that I brought the authorities in. I have been raising my grandson for over 20 months due to my daughter's mental disease of alcoholism and addiction. Though, she is no longer drinking or using, she continues to manipulate others to suit her needs, especially my grandson. By the poor choices she has made and continues to do so, my grandson is still suffering from the effects of his mother's decisions. To this day, I no longer enable my daughter or his father and will always have my grandson's best interest at heart. He's been given a choice to live with his mother again, however, he no longer wishes to. My daughter has not raised him for nearly 7 yrs. He is now 13. His dad is in prison due to the crimes that were committed while he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. My grandson is in counseling, but he is still struggling with dealing with his emotions because of the many years of hell he has had to endure. I am hoping that when his father gets out, by losing his son and the other son he has, he will become a better father and be able to raise them in the future.


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Welcome to the team. I come from a family of alcoholics, too. Not so much the codependents. I am the only recovering one that I know of. I have an uncle who doesn't drink but smokes dope several times a day at age 60! You are certainly among friends here.

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Hi Samantha! Thanks for telling us about you!

When someone suggested that I look at my family, aunts, uncles, and cousins to see how many were alcohoics or codependents, I was shocked at how many of both I found. I had never really noticed before. I guess I had blinders on! Recovery opened my eys! Darlene

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Introduce me....not easy. I struggle...that sums me up. I grew up in a family where you could throw a rock and hit an alcoholic, and if you happened to hit one of the few non-alcoholics, they were codependent. So my first relationship, as can be expected, was with an alcoholic and it was rough and horrible. But in true codependent form, it lasted on and off for 6 years. I still have some issues with him although we are both married now. In college I started to drink to deal with some problems I was having personaly and in my relationships. I don't know as I'm a clinically diagnosable alcoholic but I definately have some problems when I drink, luckily though I have been able to pretty much get that under control, and bascly don't drink anymore. I found out though that all the problems I was self medicating for were because I am bi-polar. So I still struggle with my drinking when I get manic because drinking is my solution to my problems because it was the solution for most people around me when I was growing up.
I am now married to a wonderful man who is also the child of an alcoholic, however, his childhood was much worse then mine as far as the effects of alcohol. My mom protected us well, his mom was unable to do so.
Well, I think thats me!
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I found with the food addiction, it is just the same as alcohol. I am a carb addict and so in order to be free of the craving I have let go of sugar and refined starch in all its forms.

I do this one day at a time just like sobriety. I have had not hunger pangs and no cravings since I started this way of eating (it is low carb -not Atkins) I follow a programme designed for those with fibro and IBS, also several other medical issues seem to benefit for this way of eating - mainly plain protein, veges and a little fruit with some whole grain.

It did not come to me easily, I have fought it on and off for years, but since Spark I have got into the swing of it. There was a four month detox period on my particular plan which gets all sugar and caffeine out of your system. I am now on maintainance.

Happy to share if anyone is interested in the plan.

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Donna-welcome to the team. I am working on food sobriety too. Harder because we have to eat, but the same principals apply. Admit defeat and go from there. Good luck on your journey.

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WELCOME to our new members! I am so glad that you joined our caring group of friends. What I value most about this group is knowing that TOGETHER, WE ARE HERE FOR ONE ANOTHER! Thank you all for making this group possible! I couldn't do it without each one of you! Recovery Rocks and SO DO ALL OF YOU! WooHoo!!


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Hi My Name is Donna, I am honored to be here . I have been sober 16 years. My Mother May she RIP died when I was 20 & she was an Alcoholic. For 25 years we all lived with the Secret. Until I went to meetings & my own therapy. First it was AA then Ala-non I really realized what secrets did to me. I stopped drinking one day when I looked into the mirror after drinking 3 cans of beer after a fight with my on again off again long distance boyfriend. I took a long look in the mirror and said "Do You want to be like MOMMY!! Drinking to face reality & stuff all the unwanted feelings.
That was the last time I took a drink. I just switched to food instead. I was watching the show "Ruby" last night & it really touched me so much & I knew that in order to be a better person for me I needed to get back here & restart. I am married almost 12 years to a great guy, we both married for the first time late in life. I was 50. No Children except for my sweet Lola a Beagle. Our two other pups passed on in '08 &'09. My heart still hurts for them. Another excuse to stuff feelings with food. I am a Breast Cancer Survivor almost 6 years & disabled for an on the job injury back in '91 I was a Registered Nurse.In all honestly things have been tough & everyday I remind myself No Booze. Even when DH has a glass of wine.
I need to get hold where & can get sober with the food too.
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Just remember, you are an alcoholic if you say you are an alcoholic. Wishing everyone a good night and see you all tomorrow. Wishing everyone another day of sobriety.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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Hi to the new ladies, congrats on your decision to value sobriety. Thanks for the welcome Corky, Whispy, Darlene, SAbate, anyone else I missed. I consider myself having been a habitual drinker and drinking to excess more than once a week. When stressed it was my desire to drink myself into oblivion. That, most likely, is alcoholic criteria.

Corky, my 20 year old ADHD son, recovering from heroin addiction (in group home & programs) was given his ADHD meds by his doctor, albeit judiciously. He's working on his GED now and I asked him about the meds and he said she doesn't want him taking them. I forget but the group home may also have something against it, since they are stimulants. He does ok without but better with.

Hope everyone had a Happy Easter and Happy Spring. I hope everyone is making it through this weather with minimal losses. My brother is in St. Louis and I know the weather there has been terrorizing them. Blessings all.

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Hi there ladies and a big warm welcome to you.

Hugs Wispy.

"Give thanks for everything until you are absolutely sure it is not a blessing in disguise." Eastern Proverb.
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Welcome to the team, Rose.

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I am Rose, alkie from south central IL.

3rd edition..page 312
Sober today only by the grace of God....3/26/89.


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I'm from Indiana. Married with kids. Stay at home mom. I have anxiety disorder and depression problems... Working on getting sober and stayig sober.
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Hi Sue and welcome to the Team. You sure are in the right place if you want to stop.

Hugs Wispy.

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emoticon Sue, WELCOME to our team! I am so glad you joined us.

emoticon I am so PROUD of you for your continuous sobriety since 9/9/2010!

emoticon One of the things I enjoy about recovery is our individualization that works for us and at the same time unites us as a whole by supporting one another. I like how you refer to your sobriety by being in the "sweet spot."

emoticon Being a mother of two teen-aged sons with special needs, one of them has ADHD. Because of the dangerous side effects of the medication my son was on, our pediatrician had to remove him from taking it. Though, his mind is always raising, I continue to be blessed with his out-going personality and the school working with him.

emoticon I am sending lots of hugs to you. Have a wonderful Easter weekend!


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Welcome to the team, Sue. Whether or not you are an alcoholic is up to you. Your bottom that caused you to quit drinking can be quite different from anyone else's. I never lost a husband, job, house, children or driver's licence when I was drinking, but felt at the end of my rope, nonetheless. I also like the description of sobriety as being in a sweet spot.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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Hi Sue and welcome!!!! I think it's sweet that you call the way you feel a "sweet spot".

I like that. love, Darlene

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Hi Team,
My purpose here is twofold - I'm in recovery (of some sort) - I don't want to claim I was an alcoholic but I was definately an alcohol abuser, a habitual wine drinker and preferred drinking to numb myself. Never caused me problems, I drank a few drinks late in the day, but liked to drink until I was well buzzed, and more if I was upset. I feel I would be being unfair to the alcoholics to say that I had as difficult a times as they did. I didn't. But I needed to quit and I need to stay quit. And that ain't easy.

I'm also here because I have a 20 year old son in recovery, a heroin addict from the age of 13. He finally made it through several recovery programs and is succeeding on his path in his present group home. I have my oldest child back. What a joy that is to my heart to see him the loving, capable young man I knew he was once. He encouraged me to quit drinking, and I don't know if it's helped him, but he's been stronger in his success since I quit. Today makes 225 or 226 days of sobriety (depending on what counter I check) - My anniversary date of my first sober day is 9/9/2010.

I will say that for the first time in my life I have found "a sweet spot," as I call it. My kids are ADHD and I could probably be too. I remember from a young age desiring an altered frame of mind, be it from a substance, nicotine, alcohol, or whatever. I wanted to "feel" differently. For the first time in my life (mother was a smoker and when I moved out to go to college, I started the cigarette, coffee, alcohol, marijuana thing) when I quit drinking alcohol, having quit smoking just before the birth of my 20 y/o son, I now have a pretty drug-free body. I've got multiple food/drug allergies too so I am restricted there also. All I can say is I feel wonderful, sober, a sweet spot, a comfortable way to feel. I'm enjoying the feeling.

I have my temptations. My life is stressful and plenty of times I've wanted to grab a bottle - but my temptations really aren't too strong anymore. I eat instead, not good but I manage. My 87 y/o father recently fell and broke a hip, was out of the hospital 1 day but had complications, he's had a few more surgeries, it's been a long month. My marriage isn't great but it isn't horrible so I'll shut up on that. My feeling of isolation is probably the worst of it. And even that I'm dealing with as this is our first year /apartment without the kids here and we are still relishing the quiet. I have so many interests and so much I want to do - and I should be working. Anyhow,

Nice to meet y'all.
Sue in Rochester, NY

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Thanks for welcoming me.
I've also heard it said, we aren't bad people getting good, we're sick people getting well.

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Welcome to the team. I have heard it said in the rooms of AA many times that "God don't make no garbage". I guess that is just a rough edged paraphrasing of the bible verse. Never thought of that,

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

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Hi there Darlene and welcome to the Team.

Its just one day at a time for us all - that never changes. I too have my special verse that I wrote in the front of my Big Book so I wouldnt forget ever, and if I did, well there it was right in front of me. I have found so many special "quotes" now that speak to my heart. This is a wonderful way of life - as you so rightly say for each and every one of us. No of us are beyond help.

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Hi, I'm new here. I've been in recovery for a long time. That doesn't mean I don't have struggles these days cause I do.

When I hit my lowest point I thought I was too hard for even God to fix. I mean it. Then one day I was leafing though a Bible and I came across Jeremiah 32:17. After I read this verse I thought, "even me". That gave me hope. I clung to that verse, (which I call my life's verse) through many very difficult times. Remembering that there is nothing too hard for God, helped me more than I can say.

I'm looking forward to meeting you! love, Darlene



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Welcome to the team. You can never have too much support.

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My name is Janet, I am happily married to a wonderful guy that it took me 31 years to find. We have been married 14 1/2 years. I will be 48 in June. We have 2 fantastic sons, Nick 13 and Daniel 11. I am also Mom to 3 Chihuahua's and 1 Rat Terrier, and a STRAY TOM CAT named Starkist, that I feed twice a day, but he isn't OURS!!! Hahaha.
I have drank pretty much steady since 1987 when I was attacked (yes, the ugly way) on Christmas night. I told no one for 4 years, BIG MISTAKE, finally put myself into counseling. Thought I had let it go. Apparently not. So when I had Nick in for counseling I saw MY old LIFESAVING COUNSELOR, Jennifer!! And man was I needing her, though not admitting it, I do a lot of that. Anyway I see her every Friday and I also go to a Womans Discovery Group once a week and have recently been trying acupuncture.
Jennifer has opened my eyes that I am addicted to Xanax, thanks to my Doctor whom I thought was doing me a favor....3 years later I take 4 mg. a night, everynight. NOT GOOD.
Adderall, to help me get going and lose weight......another big thanks for another big problem. Welbutrin, which I need so I have no problem with that.
I had been extremely stressed these past few months due to so many things, too many to explain here. Last year I went to the devil and back with my ADHD son and his school...those who know me know that story. So I have been sober twice since being on Sparks, once for over 100 days and this last time I think I made it like 85 days and DOVE off the wagon.
My drinking causes NO problems at home, have NEVER missed work due to it, so I had never considered myself an alcoholic until I tried to stop. Big wake up call.. Though I drink at home and NEVER drive, and I just sit on the couch sucking whatever the flavor of the evening is, no problem, except my weight. THAT is WHY I wanted to stop, my weight and I am almost to the point of being obsessed with it.
12 days ago I jumped my 6 foot fence , locked myself out of the house (I'll admit it) and totally busted my a$$ during the landing, hence the swollen feet. Left foot I rebroke a bone on top of foot that I had broke 11 years ago almost to the day. Right foot is swollen as well. No xrays on that one. I am just glad it wasn't an ankle or hip, leg, arm, whatever,,,,,,could be worse. No insurance either way....more stress.......UGH.
So needless to say there hasnt been a lot of cardio going on here. I have been lifting some weights and trying some new strength training stuff. Which is cool. Weight loss has been at a halt for a while now and I know I have gotta tighten up.
Thank you for inviting me to your new group Monika, I appreciate it and I am so sorry this ended up so long, just figured I'd lay my cards on the table and be truthful and upfront from the start. So there ya have it.............I will do better on getting here everyday.
I did get a hit on a job today so hopefully that will go well and I will have that to help and it will keep me busy. I have to stay busy when I get the urges or go to sleep, only 2 options right now that seem to work.
Hello to all of you I know and nice to meet any peeps that I ont know yet but soon will!


Thanks Again and Much Love,

Janet




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Hello all,
Glad to be a part of this group. AA is not my main recovery group but am open to all/any options that will help.
I am 56 and live near Cincinnati , Ohio. Married, 3 dogs and 11 cat. I work part time which works for me right now.
Been a sparker for a few years and just love all the great folks.
I am looking forward to getting to know you all.

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emoticon Stephanie, WELCOME to our team! It is great to have you as part of our team. I am so PROUD you for having over 6-years continuous sobriety! Sending lots of support and hugs to you!


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Glad there's another group of recovering people here. There is no such thing as too much support. Some of you are familiar, some are new. Whereev er there are AAs, I know I am among friends. Take care and I hope you all have another sober 24.

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