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    Gordon1 is offline SMART MB Co-Liaison
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    May 2013
    Melbourne, Australia

    Default Passed One Year Totally Sober - 17 months active recovery and 13 months at SMART

    I am very grateful for the people here and for the resources I enjoy at SMART.

    I was committed to a better life when I came here, however I was struggling hugely.

    Tooltime helped me an enormous amount; as did buying the handbook; as did regular attendance in the chat room and at meetings; as did regular reading and working with the tools.

    The CBA - Cost Benefit Analysis - was my best mate early on - the HoV - Hierarchy of Values - proved to be my next very important tool.

    I use tools regularly - I work with them and put them into my life.

    What got me here, may not get me there, so I stay open and aware of the need to strengthen my recovery or reinvention.

    Thankyou so much to all the members of SMART who assisted me in my journey and took the time to offer a kind word and encouragement.

    I wish you peace and the life of your positive choice.
    What got me sober was TRYING to get sober. Often when I lapsed, picked up, drank, I FELT thoroughly beaten. I thought at that time "there is no hope for me" Yet, when I had recovered from that thought just a little, I thought "I'll have another GO!" It was a few little sparks, rather than a flame, that got me here!

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    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    smack dab where Time begins


    I hope I don't embarass you but I grabbed a section of your first post here

    "So I am anxious and hung over. I need more help and personal empowerment. I trust you are well and I wish you the best for your journey."

    Two quick sentences that explain where you are and then you close with thoughts of others. You do the same with your latest post. Nicely done.

    So one year (I would add the four months you had before the crash that helped bring you here), time enough to no longer be running from, have you got anything for the future you are running towards? My other stock question is what surprised you in the past year, good or bad?

    Congrats on the changes you have made and on helping others in your time here, enjoy the change your work has brought!
    Wherever you go, there you are

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    Join Date
    Jun 2014


    What an inspiration your post is, HughK. I'm not quite a month into SMART Recovery, and it's good to read your success. Thank you!

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    Join Date
    Jan 2014


    Hugh, Yours was a meeting I frequented on some of my most ambivalent days... you helped me a great deal and now I am sober about 4 months. Thanks Hugh. And thanks for posting.
    "There is nobody on the planet...who doesn’t have what it takes to wake up" Pema Chödrön

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    it's good to read your success. Thank you!

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