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AA Grapevine September 2020 issue

tcr! · Aug 21, 2020 at 5:52 pm

This is pretty cool! My first with anything ever in the AA Grapevine…

AA Grapevine September 2020 1 AA Grapevine September 2020 2 AA Grapevine September 2020 3

They didn’t even change much other than the title. 😎 Pages 57-60 if you’re interested.

← Previously#photos #alcoholism #writtenword #lettherebehope

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JJania · Aug 21, 2020 at 5:55 pm

Very cool.

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thewattsolak · Aug 21, 2020 at 6:12 pm

Nice!!

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battersons · Aug 21, 2020 at 6:31 pm

Good for you. You are a very talented writer.

tcr! tcr! · Aug 21, 2020 at 7:26 pm

Thank you!!

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keamoose keamoose · Aug 21, 2020 at 6:37 pm

Well done!

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Hater McGhray Hater McGhray · Aug 21, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Awesome!

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Kelly K · Aug 21, 2020 at 7:41 pm

Congratulations! So cool!

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tism tism · Aug 21, 2020 at 7:43 pm

Yes!!

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pynn · Aug 21, 2020 at 7:54 pm

congrats!!

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franh franh · Aug 21, 2020 at 8:13 pm

Very nice

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prokop · Aug 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm

So cool. Way to go.

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whittaker7221 · Aug 21, 2020 at 9:12 pm

So cool! πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸ’―

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cormanang · Aug 21, 2020 at 9:14 pm

I’m proud of you. You never cease to amaze!

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chrisrich · Aug 21, 2020 at 9:24 pm

So cool

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threecrates threecrates · Aug 21, 2020 at 10:20 pm

Super rad! Will have to check this out when I get back in town! ❀️

tcr! tcr! · Aug 22, 2020 at 12:06 pm

you can order single issues from their website, too! 😘

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Aug 21, 2020 at 10:35 pm

DAMN! 😎

tcr! tcr! · Aug 22, 2020 at 11:57 am

Damn I am.

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LAW · Aug 22, 2020 at 8:50 am

Way to go!

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domo vitek · Aug 22, 2020 at 12:47 pm

That’s really awesome!

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Momma J Momma J · Aug 22, 2020 at 3:07 pm

Outstanding!! You got to live it to get it

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Ryan Waters · Aug 24, 2020 at 8:08 am

Wow

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angeline35 angeline35 · Aug 24, 2020 at 4:56 pm

Congratulations!!!

tcr! tcr! · Aug 25, 2020 at 8:31 am

Thank you!

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Having a party of one

tcr! · Aug 18, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Audio (MP3): 20200818 - Having a party of one

Video (MP4): 20200818 - Having a party of one

20200818 Having a party of one

Not long ago I was in the 7-Eleven in Geneva. There was maybe three other people waiting to pay. One of the guys was five-ish years younger than me and barely-stand-up drunk. He was having a party of one, talking to himself, and talking to the other people even if they were doing their best to: not encourage him. To ignore him. And wait out his staggering around non-sense. Like when you tough out a deep cleaning at the dentist.

7-Eleven had their ambient classic rock playing over the ceiling speakers and the drunk dude turned around and asked the guy in front of me, “Who sings this song? Damn, this is good. I can’t remember what they’re called.” The second guy is like, “I don’t know who sings it” in all out pretty much disgust with drunk dude.

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Quenched and unfit for driving

tcr! · Jul 30, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Selfie in June 2011

Sometimes I see an old photo of me and I think, “that’s a fun picture…but I was drunk for that whole weekend.”

I went to visit the family in Ottumwa in June 2011 just like Maggie and I did last week. But I was by myself and started drinking as soon as I got on the Amtrak that took me to Iowa. And I did see everybody and all that but I drank and I drank and I drank. Pretty much the whole time. Because that’s what I did when I was that me.

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Grapevine Copyright Agreement Form

tcr! · Jun 19, 2020 at 7:57 pm

It only took almost 2 and a half years but the AA Grapevine finally accepted my written submission! πŸŽ‰

Grapevine Copyright Agreement Form

Here’s the piece I submitted: Alarm clock crazy, no thanks.

#alcoholism #writtenword #lettherebehope

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Momma J Momma J · Jun 19, 2020 at 8:26 pm

Awesome! Congrats!

BoJack Horseman Hooray

tcr! tcr! · Jun 19, 2020 at 9:12 pm

Thanks!!

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thewattsolak · Jun 19, 2020 at 8:48 pm

Can’t wait to read it!!

tcr! tcr! · Jun 19, 2020 at 9:13 pm

Me, too! πŸ˜‰

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JJ · Jun 19, 2020 at 10:32 pm

How super cool! Congratulations 🎈

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jenkins_arts · Jun 20, 2020 at 6:08 am

Great news! Write On!

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JJania · Jun 20, 2020 at 7:33 am

Keep coming back

Old man clapping

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Kris HB · Jun 20, 2020 at 11:35 am

Whoo hoo turtle

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glenn.cremer glenn.cremer · Jun 20, 2020 at 12:05 pm

Congratulations!

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Susan VK · Jun 20, 2020 at 7:07 pm

Congratulations! This is the beginning of a whole new route for you! 🎈🎈🎈

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Ryan Waters · Jun 21, 2020 at 4:32 pm

Now that’s an accomplishment

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cormanang · Jun 21, 2020 at 7:45 pm

You are amazing!

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Feb 20th, 2020 at 1:07:06 pm

tcr! · Feb 20, 2020 at 1:07 pm

Happy eight years sober today to me πŸŽ‰

Happy eight years sober today to me

#photos #alcoholism

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Laurie · Feb 20, 2020 at 1:29 pm

Congratulations!!!! β€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽ

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db ernet · Feb 20, 2020 at 1:31 pm

Congrats

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Susan VK · Feb 20, 2020 at 1:33 pm

That is wonderful. You should be so proud!πŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ†

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pynn · Feb 20, 2020 at 1:33 pm

Congratulations man! Keep on truckin

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JJania · Feb 20, 2020 at 1:44 pm

Sweet. Of course you know 9 is a bitch πŸ€ͺπŸ™ƒπŸ₯³

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thewattsolak · Feb 20, 2020 at 1:45 pm

Nice wor. You’re a true inspiration.

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Irene · Feb 20, 2020 at 1:50 pm

Congratulations! I am so very proud of you and I know it took a lot of… hard work to get where you’re at today

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fiatlux423 · Feb 20, 2020 at 1:52 pm

He can’t hear us, he’s wearing Air Pods.

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sprout · Feb 20, 2020 at 1:54 pm

Happy birthday!

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Hater McGhray Hater McGhray · Feb 20, 2020 at 1:58 pm

Happy 8 years indeed!!

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Meicher · Feb 20, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Awesome! 🀩

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glenn.cremer glenn.cremer · Feb 20, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Way to go! I am proud of you. Love, Dad

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Stacie T · Feb 20, 2020 at 2:27 pm

Congratulations! πŸŽ‰

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Rich J · Feb 20, 2020 at 2:37 pm

Nicely done. Trudging well done.

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McQuaid · Feb 20, 2020 at 3:15 pm

Sobriety looks good on you!

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Clarke J · Feb 20, 2020 at 3:17 pm

Congratulations and thanks for showing us how it’s done!

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tam.the.terrible · Feb 20, 2020 at 3:19 pm

I’m so very glad! And happy for you! You are amazing!!

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Botsford · Feb 20, 2020 at 3:22 pm

I want to be you when I grow up! Well done😎

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flood · Feb 20, 2020 at 3:32 pm

Awesome! πŸ‘πŸΌ

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franh franh · Feb 20, 2020 at 3:32 pm

That’s great buddy, congrats

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LAW · Feb 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm

Dude, you’re killin it!

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Shirlene Batterson · Feb 20, 2020 at 3:34 pm

Way to go.I’m happy for you!

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Raes · Feb 20, 2020 at 3:52 pm

Congratulations!

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threecrates threecrates · Feb 20, 2020 at 4:23 pm

Heck yeah! Love ya dude.🀘🏻😎🀘🏻

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Uncle Timmy · Feb 20, 2020 at 4:44 pm

Keep going bud.
You inspire others to reach higher too!

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bee.jonny · Feb 20, 2020 at 5:35 pm

Fucking awesome man. Congrats. Let’s grab food with dave soon!

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Ryan Waters · Feb 20, 2020 at 5:36 pm

Congrats

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annekothe annekothe · Feb 20, 2020 at 6:23 pm

Happy anniversary!!

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prokop · Feb 20, 2020 at 6:31 pm

Way to be awesome. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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domo vitek · Feb 20, 2020 at 6:32 pm

Happy Anniversary πŸŽ‰

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DeVoe · Feb 20, 2020 at 6:33 pm

So grateful & proud of you❀️❀️❀️❀️

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Buddy McBride · Feb 20, 2020 at 8:01 pm

Awesome

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Momma J Momma J · Feb 20, 2020 at 8:05 pm

So happy for you ! Congratulations - ❀️

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lisa8 · Feb 20, 2020 at 9:14 pm

Hell yes brother!!! you’ve come a LONG WAY BABY!!!πŸŽ‰πŸ”₯πŸ’–πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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nomo.wino.daph · Feb 20, 2020 at 9:48 pm

Congratulations πŸ‘πŸ‘ 8 yrs πŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’ͺ🏼

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Feb 20, 2020 at 10:15 pm

Happy Day!

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Jennifer Zauel · Feb 20, 2020 at 11:32 pm

Happy Anniversary

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Traci Mekshes Daniel · Feb 20, 2020 at 11:32 pm

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Kris · Feb 21, 2020 at 2:57 am

Congrats

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Engelhardt · Feb 21, 2020 at 6:00 am

Congratulations brother.

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JJ · Feb 21, 2020 at 7:30 am

Awesome!πŸ₯

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Greg Michael · Feb 21, 2020 at 7:35 am

Congratulations!!!

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Munson · Feb 21, 2020 at 5:28 pm

Awesome man! Glad to hear it.

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Kelly K · Feb 22, 2020 at 9:51 am

Congratulations! It’s such a joy to walk this journey with you!

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elaineorr · Feb 23, 2020 at 6:44 am

And I know you’ll have many more! Congrats.

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Conder · Feb 24, 2020 at 3:16 pm

Congratulations, my friend

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jimi55 jimi55 · Mar 21, 2020 at 2:24 am

Congrats on 8 years and 40 days sober. :) I have 81 days and nocs. Since I drank. Alcohol.

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Except for the Ripple

tcr! · Nov 15, 2019 at 12:10 pm

I always felt kinda ashamed of myself when I went into the liquor store before noon. But after sitting across the street from one for the last month and a half, I don’t anymore. All kinds of folk in and out of there all day long.

In other news, in another era I drank way too much of all of these except for the Ripple.

The never ever again collection

#socialproblems #alcoholism

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Nov 15, 2019 at 12:20 pm

😎

jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Nov 15, 2019 at 5:55 pm

I’ve bought and drank MD in the morning. In a major chain grocery store full of mostly women buying their grocs. I was feeling all right and made the cashier chuckle. She got ready to swipe the 2nd bottle in a kind of cavalier manner and I said, “Careful! Don’t bruise those grapes!” She actually laughed out loud.

tcr! tcr! · Nov 16, 2019 at 8:34 am

πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

tcr! tcr! · Nov 16, 2019 at 8:35 am

One of the worst days of my life started out with two bottles of Orange Jubilee around 10AM. The rest of that story will never be fit for print.

tcr! tcr! · Nov 16, 2019 at 8:37 am

In related news.. This review of the MD 20/20 Jubilee gives it 3 out of 5 for value:

A half-decent alternative to drinking Listerine for a pick-me-up.

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urbanalion · Nov 15, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Me and Mad Dog definitely went a few rounds together. Probably the closest I ever came to getting arrested in college…

tcr! tcr! · Nov 16, 2019 at 8:29 am

Yep, I always felt like I was getting into the ring with Mad Dog

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annekothe annekothe · Nov 15, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Omg I forgot about Cisco

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franh franh · Nov 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Dude, you had some nad taste in liquor.

tcr! tcr! · Nov 16, 2019 at 8:32 am

I liked to think of myself as a connoisseur of rot gut wines …πŸ·πŸ€”

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cole · Nov 15, 2019 at 1:55 pm

Night Train. LMAO

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thewattsolak · Nov 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Thanks for reminding me of the disgusting ones.

tcr! tcr! · Nov 16, 2019 at 8:26 am

Yep, I never drank them for the taste πŸ˜…

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Irene · Nov 16, 2019 at 7:31 am

I never even heard of half of those. LOL LOL

tcr! tcr! · Nov 16, 2019 at 8:33 am

And that’s something to literally be proud of!

Irene · Nov 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Correct , but that was probably because I was busy drinking other things. Lol lol

Irene · Nov 16, 2019 at 3:23 pm

You’re the one to be very proud of!! I can’t even begin to imagine how very very hard that was, what you went through, to get where you are today

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chrisrich · Nov 17, 2019 at 9:38 pm

Guilty of most of those….

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An open twelve pack

tcr! · Sep 15, 2019 at 10:03 am

We’re sitting in a hotel lobby in Council Bluffs, Iowa drinking coffee. Some people come down with an open twelve pack of Bud Light.

One guy is nursing a blue Gatorade and an ice water. He’s refilled his water cup three times. Most of the time his hand is holding up his head.

I don’t know about you guys but I’ve never regretted not waking up hungover.

#alcoholism #lettherebehope

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Karly · Sep 15, 2019 at 10:07 am

Counciltucky. The armpit of Iowa. πŸ˜‰

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thewattsolak · Sep 15, 2019 at 10:36 am

I had the same thoughts when we were passing through Las Vegas over the summer.

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Momma J Momma J · Sep 15, 2019 at 11:51 am

Me either! I haven’t had one for many years actually.

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Clarke J · Sep 15, 2019 at 12:42 pm

So true.

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Kelly K · Sep 15, 2019 at 12:58 pm

Not once!

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 15, 2019 at 3:41 pm

It’s nice to wake up sober.

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DeVoe · Sep 16, 2019 at 6:53 pm

Yes have to agree!!

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Circa 2901

tcr! · Apr 29, 2019 at 2:09 am

Everything up in the air.
Everything fell apart.
Everything turned for the worse.
Including me.

#alcoholism

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No horse blankets

tcr! · Apr 10, 2019 at 9:53 am

Audio (MP3): 20190410 - No horse blankets

No horse blankets

When I got to the place where I couldn’t stand myself anymore, where I didn’t want to be the person I’d always been. And not do the same things I’d always done, I can see now that’s when I had reached the breaking point.

The pain of being me had broken my very soul. Fuck.

It wasn’t the drinking, it wasn’t ever the drugs. It was me. It wasn’t the traffic or the other drivers. It wasn’t other people at all. Well, it was some of those people…but when that blanket of denial was pulled back just far enough I could see, when a light came on that cast a clarity almost too bright on what I’d been doing to myself nothing ever looked the same again in the days after.

Thinking back to that moment and all the desperate, frantic pain, tortured to tears, completely sober and sick of being myself, that’s when I turned a corner and walked down a path I’d only heard other people talk about.

And that’s when the spiritual revolution began.

No horse blankets.

#photos #alcoholism #lettherebehope #diariespodcast

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vaughn3 · Apr 10, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Well said

tcr! tcr! · Apr 10, 2019 at 4:47 pm

Thank you!

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glenn.cremer glenn.cremer · Apr 11, 2019 at 12:59 pm

I had never heard it put that way, but well said.

tcr! tcr! · Apr 11, 2019 at 6:59 pm

Thanks ❀️

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Gas station meds

tcr! · Apr 2, 2019 at 8:21 am

Gas station meds

I don’t know how many times I was in a gas station early in the morning, looking for convenience store relief from the fiery hangovers from hell but it was a lot.

Those pills never did a damn thing either… πŸ˜‰

#photos #alcoholism

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