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paul cottingham
01-28-2012, 4:15 PM
As of today, I am clean and sober 28 years, well over half my life. Wow.

Just thought I'd share.

ray hampton
01-28-2012, 4:35 PM
can you just picture this , on the wagon for 28 years, I will not say anything extra until I figure out what we are talking about

Michael Weber
01-28-2012, 5:14 PM
Congratulations Paul. Keep it going!

Von Bickley
01-28-2012, 5:16 PM
Congratulations....

Mike Henderson
01-28-2012, 5:21 PM
Congratulations. That's quite an achievement. Keep up the good work. Remember, it never ends.

Mike

Gary Max
01-28-2012, 5:22 PM
And that makes you a Winner------------ congrats

paul cottingham
01-28-2012, 5:29 PM
Congratulations. That's quite an achievement. Keep up the good work. Remember, it never ends.

Mike
The only thing that made quitting drinking at the age of 22 manageable was the whole one day at a time thing. It really works. so I worry about today. And pray I won't drink tomorrow. I figure if I can do that for the rest of my life, I'm golden.

Todd Burch
01-28-2012, 8:57 PM
Paul - good job!

Todd

Rod Sheridan
01-28-2012, 9:12 PM
Paul, what an outstanding accomplishment, congratulations. Keep up the good work.............Rod.

Paul McGaha
01-28-2012, 9:18 PM
Congratulations Paul. Well done.

PHM

Jim Koepke
01-28-2012, 10:28 PM
Congratulations, I know it can be a difficult day to day struggle.

I am still day to day on cigarettes. I will go months and then my neighbor will offer me one...


I'm a guy with a heart of gold
And the ways of a gentleman I've been told
The kind of guy that wouldn't harm a flea.

But if me and a certain character met
The man who invented the cigarette
I'd murder that son of a gun in the first degree...

From Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen - Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (that cigarette)

jtk

ray hampton
01-28-2012, 10:42 PM
one day you will wake up and find that smoking do not matters, I give up whiskey and smoking , drinking went first then tobacco, of course I was a terror to be around

John Fabre
01-28-2012, 11:05 PM
As of today, I am clean and sober 28 years, well over half my life. Wow.

Just thought I'd share.
Good job Paul!

Paul Saffold
01-28-2012, 11:16 PM
Congratulations, Paul. Good luck tomorrow, and tomorrow's tomorrow too. Paul

Rick Potter
01-29-2012, 4:09 AM
Congrats Paul,

Just keep on keepin' on.

Rick Potter

Chris Damm
01-29-2012, 8:54 AM
Congratulations! I'm working on 26 years myself. It was easy for me, the doctor said: "Quit drinking or die!".

Phil Thien
01-29-2012, 10:25 AM
This has got to be one of the most inspirational threads in SMC history!

Jay Jolliffe
01-29-2012, 10:53 AM
Congratulations to all the people who have chosen this road....For some it was easy & others not so easy. I'm working on 24 years. I wish I could say that all 23 were easy but I can't.... The more time you have the easier it gets....Yes.... it's one day at a time.

Myk Rian
01-29-2012, 11:08 AM
As of today, I am clean and sober 28 years, well over half my life. Wow.

Just thought I'd share.
Excellent, Paul. I "met" Bill W. 22 years ago. Life is great.

Steve Griffin
01-29-2012, 11:23 AM
Well Done!

I'm coming up on one year. I'm lucky I caught it really early, because other than the first month it's been fairly easy.

It helps to remember all the good stuff in life you can enjoy with all the extra money,time and calories.

Keep it up guys!

gary Zimmel
01-29-2012, 11:30 AM
Congrats Paul.
It's been close to 26 years for me now, "One day at a time"....
Life is good!

paul cottingham
01-29-2012, 11:39 AM
Thanks for all the kind and inspiring words, folks. I was only 22 when I quit drinking, so it has been an interesting ride. I wouldn't trade it for anything. Life is indeed good, one day at a time.

Raymond Fries
01-29-2012, 6:50 PM
Congratulations Paul.

Hang in there and never crack!! Anyone that can go 28 years can go for life....

That is awesome..

Thanks for sharing as I am sure you are inspiration for others who are struggling.

Brian Kent
01-29-2012, 7:55 PM
Well Done. That's the best news I've heard in a long time.

Belinda Williamson
01-30-2012, 9:03 AM
Congrats Paul! Very inspiring.

John Coloccia
01-30-2012, 9:09 AM
Congratulations, I know it can be a difficult day to day struggle.

I am still day to day on cigarettes. I will go months and then my neighbor will offer me one...



From Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen - Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (that cigarette)

jtk

Tex Williams, actually, written by Merle Travis. It's one of the songs I do when we're all getting silly.

Russell Johnson
01-30-2012, 3:14 PM
Congratulations. As the son of a recovering addict I understand your struggle.

Steve Clardy
02-01-2012, 8:11 PM
Congrats!!
I quit in 1988
There's been several "rough" times in my life that I thought about starting again, but refrained.

paul cottingham
02-01-2012, 9:36 PM
I have survived a divorce, the death of both of my parents and being the father of a special needs child, and stayed sober. I was sorely tempted...."But for the grace of God go I."
Again, I really appreciate all the kind and encouraging words.

David Frech
02-02-2012, 10:33 PM
Wow! Congratulations.