13 YEARS

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    Jun 28, 2009 2:26 PM GMT
    It's a really special day for me; I just celebrated 13 years of sobriety today!

    I'm feeling really happy and grateful, not only because I was able to celebrate the occasion with friends who know how important this is to me, but also because this last year has been especially tough romantically, financially, and professionally. Even so, all the trials and tribulations this last year have reinforced the one thing that I have come to believe more and more as time passes: it is 100% possible to stay sober no matter what life hands you. Takes a little faith and a lot of work, but it can be done.

    One of the cool things that has really seen me through was hearing something from one of the men who has asked me to help him in his journey -- a guy who, in more ways than one, was just like me when I got clean... 21 years old, gay, smarter-than-the-average-bear, and angry as hell about having to deal with a drinking problem when it was finally legal for him to drink in this country. He told me he had been watching me carefully for a while, and that one of the reasons he asked for my help was because he had never seen or heard of anyone staying sober through the stuff I am going through, and that it was really giving him hope and encouragement as he made the initial steps. I'm here to tell you, that kid's words have gotten me through more of the rough patches in the last few months than anything else. Knowing that I have the opportunity to be a good example.... Jeez, that's the best gift of all! It was worth staying sober just to hear that icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jun 28, 2009 6:41 PM GMT
    CONGRATULATIONS, ADAM!!!!!!!
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    Jun 28, 2009 6:46 PM GMT
    Good Job! You did something good for yourself and the people around you.

    There are some people in my life now that I wish could get sober .. when they drink they are sloppy and hard to talk to .. when they try to get sober they are angry jackasses .. It wears me out!

    So yeah, thanks for showing other people sobriety is possible!
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    Jun 28, 2009 6:50 PM GMT
    More congratulations! Shows that you are a very strong man, and have a lot of inner strength. Regardless of anything else, that will serve you well in the future (and be attractive to other men!)
  • CAtoFL

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    Jun 28, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
    Congrats, Adam! WELL DONE!!
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    Jun 28, 2009 7:05 PM GMT
    Adam, that's wonderful, and happy anniversary! I hope the year-to-come is the best yet for you in all areas of your life...
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    Jun 28, 2009 7:07 PM GMT
    Congratulations, my friend.
  • swogdog

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    Jun 28, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
    Congratulations! Your persistence is truly impressive.
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    Jun 28, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    Wait a minute. You celebrate 13 years of sobriety the same day you get an apology on facebook from a guy who harassed you in middle school?

    You ARE having quite a day. icon_smile.gif
  • klinci3

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    Jun 28, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    congrats adam

    you should be very proud
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    Jun 28, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    Congratulations Adam. No doubt, you're a great inspiration to a whole lot of guys - - you've set the example on how to get through tough times in love, life, career, and you're even excelling in sobriety! Good things are coming your way - I can tell! You truly deserve the best of the best.

    Gregg
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    Jun 28, 2009 7:37 PM GMT
    That's incredible. Yes, I definitely know some people who I wish would go sober. That is an incredible accomplishment. Good for you for grabbing life by the horns.
  • EricLA

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    Jun 28, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    Congrats, Sahem! Keep it up!
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    Jun 28, 2009 10:36 PM GMT
    Congratulations Sahem. I am sure some days are not easy, but look at your accomplishment!
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    Jun 29, 2009 12:20 AM GMT
    Good on ya mate, well done.
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    Jun 29, 2009 12:23 AM GMT
    Hero of the day in my book! Simply the best!icon_wink.gif
  • Timbales

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    Jun 29, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
    Good for you!
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    Jun 29, 2009 1:50 AM GMT
    Congrats.
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    Jun 29, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    ADAM

    CONGRATS!!!!

    i'm happy for you, buddy
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    Jun 29, 2009 3:29 PM GMT
    awesome
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    Jun 29, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    CONGRATS ! KEEP IT UP !! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 29, 2009 7:39 PM GMT
    Congrats, Adam! icon_biggrin.gif

    Oh and Hi, my name is Eric and I'm... just kidding. icon_lol.gif

    Seriously, congrats! icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 29, 2009 7:41 PM GMT
    CONGRATS ADAM! BIG HUG AND A KISS!
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    Jun 29, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
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    Jun 29, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    Wow! Congrats Adam!!! icon_biggrin.gif